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

Quarter: Winter
Day(s): Wednesdays
Course Format: Live Online (About Formats)
Duration: 8 weeks
Date(s): Jan 11—Mar 1
Time: 6:30—9:20 pm (PT)
Refund Deadline: Jan 13
Units: 2
Tuition: $620
Instructor(s): Shirin Yim Leos
Limit: 24
Class Recording Available: No
Status: Open
DOWNLOAD THE SYLLABUS » (subject to change)
Live Online(About Formats)
6:30—9:20 pm (PT)
Jan 11—Mar 1
8 weeks
Refund Date
Jan 13
2 Units
Shirin Yim Leos
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,” how to eliminate the extraneous, and how to 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 look at your writing through the lens of a new set of editorial considerations. You will work step by step through a close evaluation of your synopsis and the first 5,000 words of your book, and you will give and receive feedback in group critiques with guidelines from 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 a finished synopsis and at least the first 5,000 words of a novel and will require writing (up to 1,000 words), reading (up to 15,000 words), and giving and receiving critiques.

Author; Developmental Editor; Former Publisher

Shirin Yim Leos has coached writers who have secured multibook deals from Big Five publishers, and film and television options from major entertainment companies. She is the author of 21 children’s books and the founder 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.