How To Edit & Be Edited
This workshop will break down into two sections: one hour of lecture on the topic of editing and a second hour of workshopping and practicing the techniques learned in hour one.
We will cover the following: self-editing, how to effectively edit as a pair, and the larger experience of editing within a group setting. Additionally, we will cover strategies for giving and receiving feedback in constructive and productive ways. Within the workshop, we will have a ten minute self editing block, then we will break into one-on-one pairs to practice peer editing for a short block of time, and finally we will end with a full class group editing session where we take what was learned in the class and put it into practice with a piece of writing.
*Please note that this workshop will not be covering the specifics of editing for grammar, spelling or other technical concepts, but is geared instead toward covering larger ideas and processes while editing creative writing, and how to work effectively with others through the editing process.
This workshop is appropriate for all genres and levels of experience.
What To Bring
You will need to send a paragraph (no more than 300 words) of your work [that you feel comfortable editing and sharing with group participants] to the instructor before the beginning of class for review. This will be used in the exercise pair editing portion of the workshop. Otherwise, we ask that you bring yourself, a positive attitude, and a willingness to learn to each session.
This workshop is scheduled for Sunday, April 25th at 12:00PM MT [2PM ET, 1PM CT, 11AM PT]. This class will be 2 hours long.
This class will be given either over a Zoom or WetInk platform and will be entirely online. We will share documents through Google Drive & Google Docs, which has a track changes editing component. If you have questions, please click the link below for more information.
The cost of this workshop is $25, with the option to pay more to sponsor another student via Alchemy Writing Workshop’s Student Scholarship program.
About The Instructor
E.A. Midnight [she/her/hers] specializes in cross-genre hybridities, preferring to allow each piece to perform on the page the way it needs to, rather than adhere to traditionality within her work. She is a vocal advocate for challenging the boxes creative artists are put in and pushing those boundaries. In 2017, she received the Goddard/PEN North American Scholarship Award, and holds an MFA in Creative Writing, with a focus on Hybrid Writing, Memoir, and Poetry, from Goddard College. Her work has been published in print and online; a full list can be found on her website, www.eamidnight.com. E.A. Midnight resides in the Colorado wilds with her cherished family and beloved dogs.
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E.A. Midnight is a white woman with long flowing brown hair, blue eyes, and two gold nose rings. She is wearing a rose-colored Carhartt jacket, a speckled brown beanie, and a black scarf with white, green, and purple detailing.