Self-Editing for Fiction Writers

Use the best practices followed by professional editors
rather than paying someone else to edit your work.

  • edit without hating it, without judgment
  • learn self-editing techniques to create the best story possible
  • save time and money – and produce a quality manuscript
  • become more attractive to publishers and readers

This hour & a half class will present an overview of the different types of editing and provide practical exercises and guides professional editors follow.

Wednesday, February 28, at 7:00 – 8:30 PM EST. Cost is $39 (No refunds.)

Whether you’re . . .

  • a plotter whose writing has become mechanical with stunted characters
  • a pantser whose writing has potholes as they follow one idea, then another
  • a plantser, whose meandering plot lines sometimes result in a middle muddle

You’re in the right place!

Dorothy Parker wrote, “I hate writing; I love having written.”
Maybe you love writing, but hate editing?
Come to love editing what you have written.

Intensive Writing Workshop – in-person class

Mondays, 6:30-8:30 PM ET, for 8 weeks, through the Bethlehem Central School District (BSCD) Albany, NY, area. $60 (Non-residents may enroll, but pay a slightly higher fee.)

Take your writing to the next level!

Focus on advanced and proven techniques to deal with issues writers confront, including facing the blank page,refining dialogue and characterizations, developing descriptions for impact and atmosphere, and understanding and working with scenes and point of view.

Whether you are working in fiction (short stories, novels, poetry) or nonfiction (essays, memoirs, family and personal stories), this workshop offers a supportive environment to inspire and improve your work, using best practices in exercises and strategies for crafting your projects.

Registration is through the BSCD Continuing Ed Program. Check their website for the Program brochure, which is issued in the fall and spring, contains information for registering. Please note: Late registration is accepted for this course up until the Friday before.

For questions, contact me at ellenhiggins189@gmail.com with the words “Bethlehem Workshop” in the subject line.

21 Day Challenge

Get your writing in shape in 3 weeks – offered seasonally (GROUP sessions) & now INDIVIDUALLY ON DEMAND.

Want to jump start a writing project or to revive your writing practice?

Though there is no one way to write, writers who follow a regimen produced 9 times the quantity and quality of those who write occasionally and in big blocks of time. Studies show that people can improve the quantity and quality of their writing by writing regularly, by tracking their time, and by being accountable to someone.

Why 21 days? Three weeks is often cited as the time needed to change behavior. While experts disagree on how just long it takes to develop a new habit, many people see 21 days as a comfortable period to build and maintain a new routine because it is manageable and requires low commitment.

Come join the Challenge and learn what it takes to cultivate the habit of writing and to see what works for your life and schedule. Resources and support are provided by regular emails with tips and strategies; opportunities to share your progress and difficulties; several group check-in meetings via Zoom, and unlimited email access to me, the instructor.

Are you ready to get your writing on track? Cost: $49