Plotstormers II

The Editing Strikes Back

You know what makes great writing? Really great editing. The Writers’ HQ online creative editing course will give you tools and techniques to take you step-by-step through deconstructing your work and rebuilding it, taking it from ‘hmm this is okay’ and elevating it to ‘aah this is amazing!’

We get it. You’d rather cut your own hand off than get down to editing your work. But you have to do it because otherwise what was the point of slogging it out through the first draft?

Whether you’re contemplating a new project or at the end of a 150,000 word manuscript, you need to know how to venture into the magical world of redrafting and editing. Guess what? We can help! Spend six weeks learning how to transform a rough, vulnerable, wibbly-shaped writing project into a majestic beast of a finished manuscript.

Our approach to editing isn’t just about correcting typos and tweaking sentence structure (though we do cover the proofreading process too) – this is an elbows-deep practical method of deconstruction and reconstruction to help you develop your story’s structure, narrative and characterisation right down to its fundamentals.

When it comes to writing, one size does NOT fit all, so we’ll give you a tonne of editing options and techniques to suit your particular story. You’ll have the opportunity to discuss and brainstorm your plot with your tutors and a small group of writers throughout the course, so you won’t be going it alone. And by the end of the six weeks you’ll emerge triumphant with a solid, detailed outline plan for the redrafting process and all the resources you need to get your manuscript to the submission stage.

NOTE: You DON’T need to have done Plotstormers 1 to take this course, but you DO need a zero or first (or sixth) draft.

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£20 a month. Access all Writers’ HQ courses.
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£90. Six months of single course access.

Learn how to deconstruct your story, edit the ever-loving crap out it and put it back together again in a better, shinier, more awesome way.

Emerge triumphant with a detailed, watertight plan for redrafting your story. Plus, a tonne of tools, tricks, tips and techniques for editing to suit whatever kinda writer you happen to be.

Join our lovely little online community to support you through the editing process and beyond, plus peer and WHQ feedback.

ALL THE AWESOME-SAUCEOME STUFF YOU GET

  • Help and advice from award-winning authors
  • Daily inspiration, whip-cracking, writing exercises and prompts
  • Access to our private Forum full of super cool people
  • Top tips from tip-top authors
  • Help finding a beta reader
  • To finally get going with your next draft and peer off into the distance to see the finishing line.

CURRICULUM CURRICULAR CURRICULEEEEE

AKA what we’ll be covering in this course

WEEK 1: WHAT’S YOUR STORY?
Dig deep to find out what your story is really about, pull out all the subplots, check in with your conflict and learn how to pitch your story to eager ears

WEEK 2: WHO DAT? WHAT THEY DOIN’?
Character development, growth, arcs and the ultimate transformation

WEEK 3: BREAK IT DOWN, BABY
Time to pull your story apart, bit by bit, and start putting it back together again – better, stronger, awesome-er

WEEK 4: BACK TO BASICS
Reconstruct your stories from all the tiny little bits you’ve now got floating around

WEEK 5: NEW FRICKIN’ DRAFT!
Fill in your plot holes, find your voice, plan your work and get ready to redraft that bad boy

WEEK 6: EDIT LIKE A BAWSSSSS
Editing techniques, scene by scene editing, chapter editing, editing editing editing

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HOW IT WORKS

  • Enrol

    Once you’ve joined you’ll get an email confirming your place and explaining how you access the course. Spoiler: you click a link. Super simple.

  • Read, watch, do

    The lessons are a mix of text, images, videos and exercises. To get the most out of the course, try to give yourself at least an hour a day to read or watch the material and do the exercises. We’ve made them as bite-size as possible but also if you wanna do the thing you gotta do the work.

  • No rush

    This is a six week course but we’ll give you access to the course materials for three months so you can work at your own pace and because we’re nice.

  • No money? No problem

    We’d love to give our courses away but we have a terrible notebook and clicky pen habit to keep up. Our membership is pretty cheap though, and if you’re really struggling check out our bursaries page and see if we can help.

  • Milk no sugar

    Drink plenty of tea, stock up on biscuits, gin for later. Enjoy it. It’s supposed to be fun. Love you. Mwa.

GET STARTED NOW

£20 a month. Access all Writers’ HQ courses.
More info

£90. Six months of single course access.

*When you book a place you’ll receive an email detailing how to access the course material. It can take about five minutes to come through, and remember to check your spam folder.

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