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Line-editing workshop

esa 2020

NewThis new course is designed for editors working on fiction or non-fiction who have to undertake a stylistic line edit of a manuscript or text. It is an interactive workshop, with examples and group discussion to reinforce your skills. You will learn what a line edit is, and how to undertake one, including best practice and advice on interacting and working with an author to produce the best results possible.

Who is it for?

Editors (freelance or in-house) working on fiction or non-fiction texts

What will you achieve?

On completing the course you will:

  • Understand what a line edit is (and what it isn’t)
  • Learn what the main elements of a line edit are and how to apply them
  • Gain tips and advice on how to interact and communicate with an author about a line edit


  • Overview – What is line editing? Why undertake a line edit? What is the aim of a line edit?
  • Key foci of a line edit
  • Fresh approach – put yourself in the author’s shoes
  • Communicating with the author
  • Dos and don’ts
  • Questions and comments

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11 June 2024 (morning only)


Tuesday, 11 June 2024

Tuesday, 03 December 2024


Date information for future sessions

In-person or via Zoom, one half day, including breaks

June 2024

  • Dates: 11 June 2024
  • Times: The session will run from 9.30am to 12.30pm 

December 2024

  • Dates: 3 December 2024
  • Times: The session will run from 9.30am to 12.30pm