Story Tailors: The Craft of Copyediting Fiction

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Instructor: Mia Lipman
Time: November 5, 2016; 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Location: Phinney Neighborhood Center (Blue Building, Room 2), Seattle
Price: $50 for general public, $45 for Editors Guild members (Discount code available on the Guild Member Deals page)
Minimum Class Size: 14 people
Maximum Class Size: 40 people (wait list available)


Imagine yourself staring down a piece of creative writing with a quiver full of style guides. How do you decide when to bend the rules, when to query, when to revise, and when to leave well enough alone? You need a keen eye, an abundance of empathy, and plenty of patience.

Then again, you also get paid to read novels. Not a bad deal, right?

To explore the how, when, and why of copyediting fiction, join us for this half-day workshop with veteran editor and journalist Mia Lipman. Together, you’ll cover the fine points of nonfiction vs. fiction editing, fact-checking vs. creative license, narrative arc, character tracking, cultural sensitivity, author engagement, and more. Conversation will be encouraged! Please bring questions and your favorite red pen.

Location: Phinney Neighborhood Center, Blue Building, Room 2, 6532 Phinney Ave N, Seattle, WA 98103

Instructor: Mia Lipman has been editing fiction and nonfiction since 1999, and her own writing has appeared in Kirkus Reviews, San Francisco, ParentMap, Seattle Weekly, and beyond. She also cofounded Canteen literary magazine and hosts the Seattle reading and music series Lit Fix. Learn more about her at dotdotdashes.com.

Member discount: Editors Guild members receive $5 off the cost of registration! Log into your edsguild.org account and visit the Guild Member Deals page for your discount code. (Apply to join the Editors Guild here.)

Cancellation policy: If you cancel more than two weeks before the workshop date, you will be refunded your registration, minus a $5 processing fee. If you cancel less than two weeks before the date, you will receive a 50 percent refund.

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