September 11, 2012

Fall Classes Starting Soon

The first fall on-line class on the Author-Editor Clinic schedule starts next week. This is my four-week overview of Character and POV issues in developmental editing and it runs from September 18 – October 9, 2012. If you like thinking about fiction and want to increase your understanding of how to analyze and talk to authors about creating stronger characters or developing better point of view techniques, this class may be for you.


Its lectures and assignments cover:

  • Character in the novel: physical description, voice and dialog, movement; motivation and back stories; characters in relationship and in action; identifying character versus plot issues.
  • POV, from basic to complex: unreliable narrators, child narrators, characters in genre fiction, and methods and devices for introducing diverse POVs.

Other classes this fall include the eight-week introduction to developmental editing class, Karalynn Ott's business class, and two repeats of popular focus classes: one on young adult editing by Pamela Greenwood and one on self-publishing for editors by Waverly Fitzgerald.

And while we're mentioning Waverly, here's a shout-out for her newest book, for mystery lovers and dog owners: Dial C for Chihuahua. Waverly is writing under the pen name Waverly Curtis with Curt Colbert. They'll be at Seattle's own  Elliott Bay Book Company, to celebrate the publication of Dial C for Chihuahua on Saturday, September 29 from 6 PM to 7:30 PM.

She writes, "There will be a dramatic reading, some dog-themed treats and a guest appearance by Pepe, the Chihuahua who inspired the novel. Expect some surprises as well."

--Barbara Sjoholm



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