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Editing Bootcamp: A Weekend Intensive

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B Block Hall

Gorman Arts Centre

55 Ainslie Avenue

Braddon, ACT 2612


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A two-day intensive on all kinds of editing.

Whether you're an aspiring editor or you've got a story that needs some work, this special editing bootcamp will teach you everything you need to know about the editing process. With practical sessions on structural editing, copy editing and proofreading, walk away equipped with a better understanding of your own writing, and the knowledge to improve it.

This event is also suitable for aspiring editors.

The Program

Saturday 10am-4pm

The Art of Self-editing Fiction with Irma Gold

Learn how to self-edit fiction like an editor.

So you’ve written a full-length manuscript? Now the real work begins! This masterclass is a crash course in how to undertake a structural edit and make your manuscript the very best that it can be. We will focus on big picture issues, including plot, narrative arc, pacing, setting, backstory, characterisation, voice, dialogue, beginnings and endings, showing versus telling, using research, and style. You will learn how to become a more objective reader of your work and identify areas that require improvement. This masterclass is for writers at all stages of their practice, and includes:

  • How to approach self-editing.

  • Common errors that editors see.

  • Tips and techniques for how to improve your manuscript.

  • Strategies for revision.

  • Seeking feedback: how and who.

  • Once the self-editing process is complete, how to work with a professional editor towards traditional publishing or self-publishing.

There’ll be time to complete a couple of fun exercises. Participants are welcome to bring three double-spaced pages from a full-length fiction manuscript that they’d like guidance on.

Sunday 10am-1pm

Copy Editing with Chris Andrews

Mastering copy editing is an essential skill for any writer hoping to entertain readers and produce clear and concise text. Far more than the art of ensuring a word is correct or content is accurate, copy editing produces highly readable prose that helps draw readers into a story with minimal work on the reader's behalf. This means making prose easily understandable and consistent throughout.

The better a writer becomes at drawing a reader into a story, the greater their chances of success.

This workshop is suitable for anyone wishing to improve their prose and find the widest possible readership for their stories.

This workshop will help you to:

  • Decide whether your story is ready for copy editing.

  • Clarify the benefits of consistency in tone, point of view, and logic.

  • Avoid pitfalls.

  • Avoid inaccuracies.

  • Make your prose as readable as possible.

What to bring:

  • Something to take notes on (notepad/computer).

  • Pens/pencils and a printed page of your writing to workshop as a class exercise:

    • typed, double spaced, 12 point font.

    • An early draft of your prose (ie, a chapter or short story) to practice on.

Sunday 2pm-5pm

Proofreading with Phill Berrie

Nothing can replace having a second set of experienced and critical eyes look over your manuscript, but such services don't come cheap (quality editorial work costs). And if you do hire the services of a professional editor, you should be paying them to do the things you can't do yourself, otherwise you are just wasting money and time.

However, with the power of computers and the internet, there are ways that writers can do a lot of the hack work themselves. This course is designed to help authors learn how to use their computers to proofread their manuscript for submission or self-publishing. Find out how to:

• Change your perspective on your work, so you can see its problems.

• Find problems with your text without having to re-read your text multiple times.

• Check that name and spelling choices are consistent across your entire story.

Participants should bring their wifi-capable laptops and their work in progress in electronic format.

The Presenters

Irma Gold has worked as an editor for 18 years, both freelance and in-house. She is currently Editor at Melbourne publisher Inkerman & Blunt and Convener of Editing at the University of Canberra. Irma is also an award-winning author whose short fiction has been widely published in Australia’s most prestigious literary journals. Her short fiction collection, Two Steps Forward, was shortlisted for or won a number of awards, and her debut novel manuscript recently won the NSW Writers Centre Varuna Fellowship. Her fourth children’s picture book will be published by Walker Books. Working as both an author and editor, Irma is experienced in both sides of the publishing process. Visit her at irmagold.com

Chris Andrews studied Professional Writing at the University of Canberra and is a freelance editor through his business, Creative Manuscript Services. He has previously worked as a newsletter editor, a Summaries Writer, and a copy editor for CSIRO's internal and external websites. His novels have been shortlisted in both the QWC/Hachette and Varuna/HarperCollins Manuscript Development Programs.

Phill Berrie is a Canberra-based writer, specialist editor and IT professional in the second half of his first century. He has tertiary-level training as a physicist, a computer scientist and a teacher and has worked as a laboratory technician, an IT consultant, a humanities research programmer, a science teacher, and is currently the digital projects officer for the Australian Science Teachers Association. He fell into proofreading when a published author said on a public website that readers should tell authors of errors they see in their books so that they can be fixed in the next edition. Thirty-two-thousand words of email correspondence later, he got his first proofreading gig. As an IT professional, Phill augments his experience and natural pedantry with the power of his computer and the internet. Word frequency tables, Wikipedia, Google Maps and Google's Ngram viewer are just some of the tools he uses to help writers improve their manuscripts.

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