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Self-Editing: Do What You Can & Then Pay a Pro to Do the Rest

This is a course on editing your own writing. Whether you are just getting started with writing or have already published, you’ll get tips that will enable you to improve your writing craft, improve the quality of your written work, and save money on editing. You’ll do short exercises in session and then practice on your own during the break between the two sessions of this course. Topics covered include the following:

  • Journey of a manuscript
  • Point of view
  • Dialogue: realism, formatting, and punctuation
  • Showing vs. telling
  • Characterization
  • Punctuation and grammar
  • Publishing law

Given the dialogue and characterization topics, this course is intended for writers of fiction and narrative nonfiction (autobiography, memoir, etc.). Writers of non-narrative nonfiction, internet materials, and business materials should consider the Effective Business Writing course.

Bonuses:

  • All participants will receive handout versions of the slides.
  • At each in-person workshop, all participants will receive discounts on future services and one lucky participant will receive a free book related to self-editing.

Course Format & Price:

  • The 5-hour in-person workshop version of this course usually takes place on a Saturday, 9:30 am—12:00 pm and 1:00 pm—3:30 pm (break for homework and lunch on your own).
  • The online version of the course is recorded and can be completed at each participant’s own pace. You can even watch the individual videos as many times as you want!
  • Even in the online course, access and materials cannot be shared; each participant must have his or her own seat in the course.
  • The price is the same for the in-person workshop and the online course; those versions differ slightly, as described above.

Price: $125 per person
Special Offer: $75 per person
Early-bird pricing may be available for some of the in-person workshops.

How to Get This Training:

Purchase the online course

But before you click to buy this online course, consider buying the discounted-price bundle of two online courses—this one and the How to Revise Your Book: The Book Architecture Method course.

Currently, no in-person workshop versions of this course are scheduled.

Sign up for the mailing list to hear about future workshops

Click here for testimonials from past participants.

Ask questions about this course or express interest in hosting it in your city

Future Dates:

  • TBD—Future dates will almost always be on a Saturday, 9:30 am–12:00 pm and 1:00 pm–3:30 pm (break for homework and lunch on your own)

Past Dates:

  • Saturday, June 3, 2017, 9:30 am–11:30 am and 1:30 pm–3:30 pm (break for homework and lunch on your own), Flatiron Writers Room, 5 Covington Street, Asheville, NC 28806 (map)
  • Saturday, February 4, 2017 and Saturday, February 18, 2 pm–4 pm, Olde Village Community Building, 4820 Jenkins Avenue, North Charleston, SC 29405 (map)

How to Revise Your Book: The Book Architecture Method

Are you stuck in a revising loop or even having trouble getting started? Learn the Book Architecture Method, developed by Stuart Horwitz, a framework for taking a draft, breaking it into component scenes, identifying the threads that weave through it, discovering its theme, and putting it back together into a better whole (a tapestry, if you will). This method is unique, and it’s not formulaic. You can use it for any type of book: fiction, narrative nonfiction, or non-narrative nonfiction. I’m grateful that Stuart has given me permission to develop this course about his Book Architecture Method. You do not need to have a complete first draft of your book to get value from this course! You’ll do short exercises in session and then practice during the break between the two sessions of this course.

Bonuses:

  • All participants will receive handout versions of the slides.
  • At each in-person workshop, all participants will receive discounts on future services and one lucky participant will receive a free book by Stuart Horwitz.

Course Format & Price:

  • The 4-hour in-person workshop version of this course usually takes place on a Saturday, 9:30 am—11:30 am and 1:30 pm—3:30 pm (break for homework and lunch on your own).
  • The online version of the course is recorded and can be completed at each participant’s own pace. You can even watch the individual videos as many times as you want!
  • Even in the online course, access and materials cannot be shared; each participant must have his or her own seat in the course.
  • The price is the same for the in-person workshop and the online course; those versions differ slightly, as described above.

Price: $125 per person
Special Offer: $75 per person
Early-bird pricing may be available for some of the in-person workshops.

How to Get This Training:

Purchase the online course

But before you click to buy this online course, consider buying the discounted-price bundle of two online courses—this one and the Self-Editing: Do What You Can & Then Pay a Pro to Do the Rest course.

Currently, no in-person workshop versions of this course are scheduled.

Sign up for the mailing list to hear about future workshops

Click here for testimonials from past participants.

Ask questions about this course or express interest in hosting it in your city

Future Dates:

  • TBD—Future dates will almost always be on a Saturday, 9:30 am–11:30 am and 1:30 pm–3:30 pm (break for homework and lunch on your own)

Past Dates:

  • Saturday, July 15, 2017, 9:30 am–11:30 am and 1:30 pm–3:30 pm (break for homework and lunch on your own), Olde Village Community Building, 4820 Jenkins Avenue, North Charleston, SC 29405 (map)

Bundled Offering for Writers of Fiction & Narrative Nonfiction

If you write fiction or narrative nonfiction (autobiography, memoir, etc.) and you’re interested in both the Self-Editing: Do What You Can & Then Pay a Pro to Do the Rest online course and the How to Revise Your Book: The Book Architecture Method online course, you can buy those two online courses as a bundle at a discounted price.

Purchase the online bundle for fiction and narrative nonfiction

Effective Business Writing: A Key Skill for Success

Business professionals spend a lot of time writing, but they may never have received proper training in business writing. Your ability to write affects—positively or negatively—how you and your business or organization are perceived. Learn how to make a better impression, prevent misunderstandings, save time and money, and increase your chances of success. Don’t let a lack of writing skills prevent your organization and employees from reaching their full potential.

In this course, the instructor teaches general principles that can be applied to any form of business writing—from simple emails to complex reports:

  • Be clear, concise, and specific
  • Know your audience and your goal
  • Make it easy for the reader
  • Conquer writer’s block
  • Check your punctuation and grammar
  • Choose your words and tone carefully
  • Tailor your approach to the form of writing
  • Edit and proofread

The participants will do short exercises during the course.

This course covers mainly business writing, but you can apply many of the principles to non-narrative nonfiction and internet materials too.

Bonuses:

  • All participants will receive handout versions of the slides

Caveat: This is not a course in English as a second language. English does not need to be the participant’s first language, but he or she must speak and write English fluently.

Course Format & Price:

  • The 6-hour onsite course can be conducted all in one day, with a lunch break in the middle, or split across two days. At least three participants are required per site in the Charleston, SC area. Other locations may be available if demand is high.
  • The online version of the course is recorded and can be completed at each participant’s own pace. You can even watch the individual videos as many times as you want!
  • Even in the online course, access and materials cannot be shared; each participant must have his or her own seat in the course.
  • Price: $150 per person
    Special Offer: $99 per person

How to Get This Training:

Schedule this course onsite at my organization in the Charleston, SC area
Purchase one or more seats in the online course
Ask questions about this course

Click here to download the flyer for the course