Questions and Answers
Do I have to attend the course in person?
Nope. This is an online course. I’ll email you the modules weekly, and you’ll email me your assignments for feedback. And you can chat with other students in the private Facebook group.
Will this course be useful if I want to learn developmental editing for non-fiction?
No. This course relates exclusively to fiction. There’s some crossover in the skills involved, but the focus of this course is on how to develop a novel.
Does this course teach any fiction theory?
No. This course assumes you already have a solid understanding of what goes into a well-written novel, and that you know how to analyse a piece of writing. If you’re looking for a course that teaches this, try Developmental Editing: Fiction Theory.
Okay, so do I have to do Developmental Editing: Fiction Theory before I take this course?
Not as long as you feel confident in your knowledge of writing craft theory. Perhaps you’ve got a degree in English Literature, or perhaps you’re an established writer, or perhaps you’ve just read a lot of books on literary analysis.
Can I be a developmental editor who specialises in a certain genre?
Absolutely. In fact, I encourage it. Different genres handle different aspects of storytelling in different ways, so if you specialise, you’ll be able to offer more useful feedback.
Are there any additional expenses?
No, though I will recommend some further reading to help advance your learning.
How much time will this course require?
You should set aside at least three hours per week for it.
Do I have to be from the UK to benefit from this course?
Not at all. Americans, Canadians, Australians, Europeans, Wakandans … everyone is welcome. Editing is a global community, and I won’t be addressing any UK-specific publishing conventions.
Damn, I missed out on a spot! / I don’t have time to join this time around. Will you run this course again?
Yes, but I’m not sure when. I’m aiming to run this course roughly two or three times a year, but I schedule my courses around client work so this makes it difficult to commit to dates far in advance. I recommend you sign up to the notifications email list so I can let you know when the course will run again.
Do you offer refunds?
No, so please purchase mindfully! I like to think I’ve included enough detail for you to make an informed decision about whether this course is right for you, but if you’re still hesitant about buying, feel free to email me first.
Okay, I’m ready. Where do I sign up?
Yay! Check above to see when the course will run next! (Or to book your place if registration is currently open.)