Workshops are listed in
alphabetical order by title.
Coaching with Confidence—Jeanne Marie Leach
In this workshop, Jeanne Leach will give the formula she uses to mentor/coach the worst fiction writers in America that will bring you a constant flow of income while helping the writers achieve their dreams and goals. You will learn how to build a relationship with mentees that will reinforce their confidence in you for future editing needs that can also lead to referrals.
Comma or No Comma: Understanding Adjectives—Lora Doncea
Do you know the difference between cumulative and coordinate adjectives? Do you know the sequential order of adjectives and when to use commas? What should you do when cumulative and coordinate adjectives are used together? This workshop will cover how to identify, edit, and punctuate adjectives accurately.
Contract Essentials—Linda Harris
Many editors use contracts with their clients to protect both themselves and their clients. With a contract, misunderstandings are minimized and each party knows what is expected. What are the main elements of a contract and why are they necessary? This workshop will answer those questions.
Developing Your Editorial Voice and Style (Continuing Workshop: Two Sessions)—Jeanne Marie Leach
We’ve all been taught to edit in such a way as to not disrupt or change the author’s voice, but have you ever considered that over time, editors also develop a unique, editorial voice and why that’s important to your business? Jeanne Leach will help you learn how to present comments in a concise, friendly, and beneficial manner. She will also show you how to cultivate your natural editor’s voices and styles.
Editing Children’s Fiction—Linda Harris
Editing children’s books requires an understanding of the differences between editing for adults and editing for children. This workshop will cover an overview of children’s books, reading levels, and what is required for each level. It will also cover technical aspects of children’s fiction, including characterization, point of view, dialogue, plot, pacing, vocabulary, and readability.
Editing Christian Nonfiction: No Theology Degree Necessary—Karen Engle
This workshop is designed for new and seasoned editors who want to edit Christian nonfiction but are concerned their theological background is not strong enough. Karen Engle will cover citing Scripture and Bible versions and handling biblical languages. She’ll also address theological “alerts,” recommended resources, her top ten tips, and more.
Editing Dialogue: Get the Words Right—Aaron Gansky
Dialogue is one of the hardest things to write well; editing dialogue can prove to be more of a challenge. This workshop offers practical tips to help make dialogue crisp, powerful, lean, and clean.
Fiction Content Editing: Taming the Story Beast—Dori Harrell
Although each story is unique, developing a fearless approach for untangling authors’ stories will take your content edits to a new level and win you repeat clients. In this session, Dori Harrell presents a big-picture strategy to content editing that tracks seven main areas: characters, plot, structure, POV, pacing, theme, and author’s voice. The workshop ends with a discussion on brainstorming with your clients.
From One Client to Day Job: Growing Your Editing Business—Rebecca Miller
In 2011, Rebecca Miller had just one client: a friend from seminary who wrote weekly devotions and published them online. Today, she is the managing resource editor at MinistryPass.com and an assistant editor in the content department of Truth for Life with Alistair Begg. In this workshop for new and aspiring editors, she’ll offer a frank but inspiring look at the realities of establishing a freelance editing business and provide lots of practical advice to those new to the field.
Imposter Syndrome: You’re Not the Fraud You Think You Are—Dori Harrell
There’s a name for those inner lashings that plague editors and cause them to wonder if they’re frauds: imposter syndrome. The session is meant for newbie to advanced editors who battle this malady. In this interactive, highly participatory workshop, Dori Harrell will show you how to turn imposter syndrome into a positive for yourself and your business.
Make the Connection: How to Build Enduring Relationships with Authors—Aaron Gansky
Perhaps the most crucial element to creating a masterful work is the relationship between the author and the editor. In this workshop, author Aaron Gansky will use the example of Gordon Lish and Raymond Carver as well as his own illustrious relationship editor extraordinaire Bethany Kaczmarek.
Move to the Excellent Level: The Ten P’s to Your Clients’ Writing Success (Continuing Workshop: Two Sessions)—Sharon Elliot
There’s more to being an author than getting a book published. Besides making their manuscripts sizzle, you can help authors cultivate the right mind-set for this business. Attend this two-session workshop and get the lowdown from Sharon Elliot. Not only will you gain a wealth of knowledge to pass on to your clients, but you’ll leave knowing more about the people who surround your clients. You’ll learn how to help them find their brand, personal mission statement, and tagline. You’ll also be able to show clients how to start thinking through their publishing plan for the future, and much more.
Preventive Communication: How to Avoid Misunderstandings with Clients—Lora Doncea
Misunderstandings and disagreements between writers and editors are typically caused by miscommunication. If you focus on several critical issues before starting a project, you will prevent problems later. This workshop will identify areas of potential conflict and help you to establish clear communication and expectations up front so the project can go as smoothly as possible.
Putting Better Ideas into the World—Rebecca Miller
The world isn’t short on noise and words. But what makes words stand out and impact readers? Better ideas. In this workshop, Rebecca Miller will provide pointers on the rewarding work of challenging and refining ideas in religious nonfiction. The session will cover how to (1) prepare for the work of editing ideas, (2) identify common ideas that undermine a client’s writing, and (3) practice effective ways of challenging and refining ideas.
Tax Tips for Freelance Editors—Chris Morris
Most editors don’t get excited about taxes or accounting. Just the word taxes may stress you out. In this session, Chris Morris, CPA, will cover every question about taxes he has been asked by creatives. Topics include what you can and cannot write off, when it makes sense to hire a CPA, and how to avoid an audit.
Ten Tips for New Editors—Karen Engle
Starting an editing business can be overwhelming. This workshop will offer tips that not only will enhance and accelerate your editing skills but also will help you jump-start your editing business. You’ll come away with a toolbox of information on contracts, rates, and deposits; working with authors; must-have and recommended resources; and editing how-tos. Plus, Karen will share how she uses each editing job as an opportunity to worship God.
Workshops are subject to change.