Title of course: The Fiction Writer's Self-Editing Workshop
How long is the workshop: 2 weeks
Dates for the workshop: May 14 - 25, 2007
Rhonda Stapleton obtained her Master's degree in English from Cleveland State University. She has a Bachelor's degree in English from CSU, as well. Rhonda is a Principal Editor at Thomson West, a legal publishing company, where she has worked for the last five years. In addition, she has freelance edited novels, theses, student papers, and a college writing textbook.
While attending Cleveland State, Rhonda worked in The Writing Center for two years as a writing tutor for undergraduate and graduate students. She also taught ENG 105 and ENG 106, college credit courses that give students hands-on tips for writing papers, from
brainstorming topics to self-editing. The courses correlate with introductory composition
courses ENG 101 and ENG 102.
OBJECTIVE: Simple, straightforward tips for self-editing a manuscript.
Do you find yourself overwhelmed by confusing
grammar, punctuation, and editing rules? Don't despair! The Fiction Writer's Self-Editing Workshop is the place for you. Whether you're a beginning writer or seasoned author, you can learn simple, straightforward tips for self-editing.
Topics discussed include punctuation use, point of view, trimming the
fat, using vivid language, frequent errors, style tips, breaking the rules, and more!
The course is highly interactive - students will get hands-on editing experience, as well as practice through assigned homework. Students will also receive a list of helpful editing/style books and websites for a reference guide.
Week I: (Monday): Lesson 1 – Punctuation
Week One (Wednesday): Lesson 2 - Point of View (POV), head-hopping, and
Week One (Friday): Lesson 3 - Showing vs. telling, and using
Week II(Monday): Lesson 4 - Trimming the fat
Week Two (Wednesday): Lesson 5 - Frequently misused words/expressions,
typical misspellings, and common grammar issues
Week Two (Friday): Lesson 6 - Writing style
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