Copyediting and proofreading fiction


9:30 am to 4:30 pm
Venue to be confirmed
Cost: $250 (members of CSE and ACT Writers Centre), $400 (non-members)

About the course

Would you like to try your hand at editing fiction? This workshop will start you on your way as Kaaren Sutcliffe, an accomplished author and fiction editor, introduces the skills you need before editing your first story.

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Although copyediting and proofreading works of fiction cover much of the same terrain as editing works of non-fiction, there are some aspects peculiar to works of fiction that need to be addressed. This workshop will discuss the common elements and points of difference, with supporting examples and exercises.

In this one-day workshop, you will learn how to:

  • appreciate some of the aspects of copyediting peculiar to works of fiction — including discussion of how to assess whether a work is ready for a copy edit
  • understand the correct layout for fiction
  • understand some of the challenges of refining the work but remaining true to the author’s style and voice
  • develop an eye for discerning some common writing mistakes in fiction (those that can be addressed in a copyedit)
  • appreciate the challenges and nuances of copyediting dialogue
  • develop an awareness of some tips and tricks for ensuring consistency in fiction, including style, voice, characters, dialogue, plotting, setting and timeframe.

The cost includes course notes as well as morning and afternoon tea and lunch.

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About the presenter

Kaaren is a published author and an Accredited Editor. Having learned to write to a publishable standard, to self-edit, and then to edit and review the work of others, Kaaren appreciates the challenges of the journey and respects all authors’ ownership of their work. Kaaren has nine books published, and she has more than thirty years’ experience as a relatively senior public servant in Canberra. She has been a full-time freelance editor and writer for more than a decade, offering support to individual authors as well as a range of government and private agencies.

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