The Editing Hat – Why Editing Is So Important for Good Writing

“Kill your darlings… even when it breaks your egocentric little scribbler’s heart, kill your darlings.” ― Stephen King.
18 Jun 2017
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Upstairs Studio 2

The Editing Hat – Why Editing Is So Important for Good Writing

Whether you write fiction or non-fiction – short or long – all writing can be improved by editing. In this workshop you will learn helpful and practical editing tips that can improve your work.

What makes prose strong and compelling? Why do many professional writers believe ‘all writing is rewriting’ and that drafting is essential? What are the actual stages of the editing process? These are the questions that many writers have, especially when they are starting out or becoming more serious about their work, especially with a view to publication.

With her second novel due to be released by Allen & Unwin in early 2018, Melbourne writer Jenny Ackland has current experience and insight into working closely with editors at a traditional publishing house. This is a workshop for writers who want to improve their work. Whether intending to self-publish, seek a literary agent or a book contract with a traditional publisher, participants will learn how editing can strengthen a piece of writing.

The session will cover what to look for when revising a work in progress, how to ‘switch hats’ and gain distance from the writing to better self-edit the work; also how to develop important self-editing skills, the stages of producing a work in manuscript, what publishers look for in submissions, useful reference book titles, links to online help and how to go about engaging a professional editor to help with submissions. Suitable for beginner to intermediate writers.

Ticket Prices:  Full $35 | Conc $32 | Early $30

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