Self-editing Workshops for Writers

Self-editing Workshops for Writers
November 3rd, November 10th, November 17th, November 24th
Free Word Centre
Free Word Centre
60 Farringdon Road,

Following the success of our recent Editing-related events (including our panel, co-hosted with Spread the Word, ‘Do Writers Need Editors?’, and our Editing Skills Workshops with Richard Sheehan), TLC will be running four self-editing workshops aimed at writers in November 2016. Each workshop will run over two hours, with places strictly limited to 15 writers in each workshop. The workshops will provide practical guidance for writers wanting to develop their self-editing skills ahead of submission to an editorial service, or to an agent or publisher, and for those simply working on projects and wanting help with approaching the work objectively and afresh. The facilitator will take writers through practical exercises and provide guidance on best practice in self-editing your own work.

We expect these workshops to sell out quickly and advise early booking via the links below or by calling the Free Word box office on 020 7324 2570.

TLC’s Self-Editing workshops will be run in four categories here at our base, London’s Free Word Centre, in the Sassoon Beer Board room:

November 3rd (SOLD OUT) + *21st NEW DATE ADDED*  – FICTION with novelist and former Tindal Street Press publishing director Alan Mahar

Working on a novel? Learn how to become a more objective reader of your work in progress, or finished draft, with this introduction to the art of self-editing full-length fiction. In this workshop, you will receive guidance on how to approach the editing process, including how best to identify those areas you can realistically and significantly improve yourself, ahead of submission to a professional editor, or to a literary agent or publisher. We will look at common problem areas in fiction-writing, and practical trouble-shooting techniques that you can apply to your work in progress to make sure it’s in the best shape it can be. 


November 10th NON-FICTION (MEMOIR) with Amy Liptrot, author of The Outrun (“A lyrical, brave memoir.” – Will Self), published by Canongate and shortlisted for the Wellcome Book Prize 2016

Creative non-fiction (memoir) lies at the tricky intersection between fact and fiction; it’s a true story, but it represents only a sliver of a life, distinguishing it from autobiography. This chosen ‘hook’ or narrative arc must be skilfully and enticingly told, to appeal to a wide readership. In this workshop, learn how to ‘test’ you have struck the right balance, or redress it if you’ve got it wrong, and get tips around ways to interrogate your memoir, looking at common errors, and ways to make sure your life comes alive on the page in a way that does the story you wish to tell justice


November 17th SHORT STORY with novelist and Peepal Tree Press Associate Editor Jacob Ross

The short story is a beautiful, compact form whose brevity belies its trickiness. It can be a hard form to wrestle with, however there are basic storytelling principles that short story writers might learn from. This workshop will look at these principles, with some practical examples, in order to form the basis for your self-editing. Narrative structure, characterisation, and voice are key, and this workshop will show you how to interrogate these principles when editing your story, to ensure it makes the impact the chosen subject demands.  


November 24th POETRY with Nine Arches Press commissioning editor and poetry tutor Jane Commane

Whether you are just starting to write or are a seasoned poet, knowing when a poem is ‘ready’ to submit to a magazine or to a competition can be difficult, as the principles of self-editing require more precision and are much more dependent on the work at hand than with fiction or memoir. In this workshop, you will learn basic principles of poetry editing, including practical tips around some elemental aspects of poetry that can apply to all your work including line breaks, syntax, and form. Participants will be invited to bring in a poem they are working on for a practical exercise to illustrate the principles learned.