Introduction to Fiction Editing
Who is this course suitable for?
This course may appeal to several kinds of people:
- those who have never edited fiction but are considering doing so
- those who have edited a little fiction but would like a little guidance
- those who have edited some fiction, but want to consolidate their experience
Structured as an overview of the subject, this course discusses some of the areas unique to fiction – plot, voice, point of view, dialogue and narrative consistency – alongside a few more general but associated topics: how to assess a manuscript, how to work on a text, critiques, synopses and blurbs.
Please note that basic copy-editing knowledge is assumed.
What you should know after the course
This course can provide the novice fiction editor with a departure point to allow them to embark on the adventure that is copy-editing fiction. After this course, you should have a better idea of what to look out for, what rules should be enforced and what rules a fiction author might bend or even break, and the general constraints within which a copy-editor (as against a substantive fiction editor) needs to work.
Availability, prices and upgrade points
|SfEP upgrade points||4|
Other price discounts are available. See the fees page.
Online courses take between 10 and 35 hours to complete, but you have access to the course materials for 4 or 5 months (depending on the course).
|Time allowed for access: 5 months||SfEP upgrade points: 4|
|Approximate study time needed to complete the course: 30–35 hours|
This is a self-assessed course. You will be assigned a tutor who will be available for up to 1 hour of support (usually by email), but the tutor does not mark any of your work. When you have finished the course you can download and print a certificate that states that you have 'Completed' the course.
The online course follows the syllabus as described in the screen below.
1 Introduction 5 Dialogue
1.1 Preliminaries 5.1 Punctuation and layout
1.2 Liaising with the author and ways of working 5.2 Realism and rhythm
2 The story 6 Consistency
2.1 Definitions: premise, theme and plot types 6.1 Plot, timeline and setting
2.2 Getting started 6.2 Character
2.3 The plot: the beginning 6.3 Language
2.4 The plot: the middle 6.4 Series
2.5 The plot: the end
2.6 Conclusions 7 Putting it all together
3 Author’s voice and style 7.2 Synopses and blurbs
3.2 Style 8 Final exercise
4 Points of view
4.1 Different points of view
4.2 First person
4.3 Third person limited
4.4 Third person omniscient