Summer at SFU: Book Editing Immersion, Work with real editors on real books. Digital. Online. Print

Once again I’ve been invited to speak at the SFU Book Editing Immersion class. This six day class begins July 7, 2014 so you still have time to register. I enjoyed the afternoon I spent in discussion with the class of 2013 and I’m looking forward to the 2014 session. This is a wonderful opportunity for both seasoned editors curious to learn more about the changing world of editorial, or for tomorrow’s professionals.

Book Editing Immersion Overview

Improve your developmental, substantive, and stylistic editorial skills by working closely with some of Canada’s top print and digital editors as they interpret the effects of Gutenberg 2.0 era and its evolving challenges with respect to audience, formats, and the volatile marketplace affording readers and writers a wealth of choices from do-it-yourself to multinational houses. Yet, in the midst of this dizzying change, there is one constant – quality content always requires the unflinching eyes of an astute editor. If you are working in the field, or hope to, or wish to upgrade or transfer skills to get into this career, this workshop will give you a hyper-contemporary snapshot of life on the frontlines for editors in the digital age.

In this six-day immersion workshop, you will edit a manuscript (genre to be selected by applicant – adult literary fiction or non-fiction) by a published author, working one-on-one with the course instructor in classroom lectures and private discussion as well as with 5 guest speakers featured each afternoon. In the course of the week and time preceding, you will write a reader’s report, a ms assessment, complete a substantive and stylistic edit of a 30-page portion of the manuscript, write an author letter, and compose jacket copy for the title. The manuscript and the first assignments will be mailed to participants in early June. By the end of the course, you will learn:

  •  the demands of, and sources for, acquiring titles to meet a publisher’s mandate and audience;
  • the art of navigating the author-editor relationship successfully and with grace;
  • how to evaluate a variety of manuscript types, track and communicate priorities/suggestions;
  • how to develop an incomplete work and edit one for structure, style and consistent voice;
  • the audience expectations for fiction, children’s/YA, and non-fiction works across formats;
  • the changing face of the e-book marketplace – readers, devices, retailers, and wish lists;
  • the skills required to enter or advance in the freelance or editorial working world.

Learn to develop fiction and non-fiction work to suit the writer’s vision, the publisher’s requirements, and the format and audience for which it is best suited. This workshop is designed for would-be or junior editors or those with a specialty in one area (scholarly, government, business, copy editing, etc.) who want to transition into another aspect of the field. For those considering a career in book editing, it’s a chance to build your credentials, gain hands-on experience, garner feedback, and network with experts in the publishing world poised to give you targeted advice. Whether you are an in-house or freelance editor working in these genres, or a writer with a nascent manuscript ready to take it to the next level, learn how to assess the work’s readiness and potential, its strengths and weaknesses, its possible structures, and how to leverage the draft to most efficiently reach its intended reader. By focusing on the various stages of the editorial process and techniques of substantive and stylistic editing, this course will allow you to see and manifest the potential in a first draft and work creatively to polish it so that it is suited for success.

For more information visit  SFU Book Editing Immersion class

 

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