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CW 18 — Be Your Own Developmental Editor: Shape Your Manuscript for Publication

Quarter: Winter
Day(s): Thursdays
Course Format: Live Online (About Formats)
Duration: 6 weeks
Date(s): Feb 3—Mar 17
Time: 6:30—9:20 pm (PT)
Refund Deadline: Feb 5
Unit: 1
Tuition: $480
Instructor(s): Shirin Yim Leos
Limit: 21
Class Recording Available: No
Status: Registration opens Nov 29, 8:30 am (PT)
Please Note: No class on March10
DOWNLOAD THE SYLLABUS » (subject to change)
Live Online(About Formats)
6:30—9:20 pm (PT)
Feb 3—Mar 17
6 weeks
Refund Date
Feb 5
1 Unit
Shirin Yim Leos
Registration opens Nov 29, 8:30 am (PT)
Please Note: No class on March10
DOWNLOAD THE SYLLABUS » (subject to change)
When you send your novel to an agent or editor, your work will be evaluated from the perspective of what the industry calls the developmental edit. This close analysis aims to address flaws commonly found in novels, including those at the level of structure. In this course, you will learn how to think like a developmental editor: how to make sure that the key elements of your novel are working optimally and in unison, how to identify your “darlings,” eliminate the extraneous, and deliver a more competitive product. You will be better able to evaluate and revise your own manuscript, and you'll also be in a better position to avoid some common writing mistakes in the future, significantly improving your chances of getting your work published.

Each week, in small breakout groups, you will take a close look at your writing through the lens of a new set of editorial considerations. You will work step by step through the guided developmental edit of your synopsis and the first 5,000 words of your book, and you will give and receive feedback in group critiques facilitated by the instructor. You will leave the course with hands-on experience and actionable rubrics that can help mold your manuscript for success—so that the book you submit is the book an agent or editor is looking for.

This course is intended for novelists who have written at least the first 5,000 words of a novel and will require writing (up to 1,000 words), reading, and giving and receiving critiques.

Author; Writing Coach; Developmental Editor

Shirin Yim Leos has coached writers who have secured multibook and media deals from several major publishers and entertainment companies. She is the author of twenty children’s books and the founder and former Head Goose of Goosebottom Books. Leos also leads writing retreats and teaches writing and publishing for universities and conferences internationally.

Textbooks for this course:

There are no required textbooks; however, some fee-based online readings may be assigned.