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3 Part Fiction Editing with Niamh Mulvey 13th/20th/27th January 2022

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Publishing Ireland - 3 Part Fiction Editing Course with Niamh Mulvey - Limited Spaces - January 2022

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This three-part course will provide you with an overview of fiction editing, commercial and literary, including how to assess a piece of writing, developing strategies on character development and maintaining voice, and tips on how to communicate feedback with an author.

This course is for editors interested in working in fiction. Whether you have edited short passages of work or copy for marketing and publicity purposes or just haven’t edited fiction before, this course could help further your career.

Over three days you will learn what’s different about Editing Fiction and cover areas such as categories of fiction, timelines and other plot grids, characterisation recording, marking up dialogue, continuity of plot and using a style sheet.

Please note that this is NOT a creative writing course so will be unsuited to authors wishing for information on how best to edit their own work.

Day 1 - Thursday 13th January - 10am - 12.30

  • Introduction – what is storytelling for?
  • What makes the novel different from other forms of storytelling?
  • Commercial fiction – page-turners and pot-boilers
  • Literary fiction – what does it all mean
  • Children’s fiction – age ranges, conventions and formats

Day 2 - Thursday 20th January- 10am - 12.30

  • Voice – and why we shouldn’t talk about voice
  • Point of view – who owns the story
  • Plotting – what happens and why
  • Control – is it an illusion?
  • Dialogue – make it snappy
  • Joy, pleasure and fun – the heart of it all

Day 3 - Thursday 27th January 10am - 12.30

  • Editorial Processes explained – getting technical, includes tips on software, note-taking, and valuing your time as an editor
  • How to accompany your author through the pain and joy of publication – honesty and transparency in an opaque industry
  • Publication and beyond – what publishing looks like today, what will it look like tomorrow, how to help your authors navigate it all

Who is this course for?

  • Editorial staff and freelancers already working on/interested in working on fiction
  • Those looking to work in an editorial role in the publishing industry

SPEAKER - Niamh Mulvey

Niamh Mulvey is a writer and freelance editor. She spent ten years working in-house in the UK publishing industry, in children’s fiction and adult literary fiction. She now works with individual writers as a freelance editor and writing coach.

Niamh’s work has appeared in the Irish Times, The Bookseller, The Stinging Fly, Image Magazine, Banshee and The Pool. Her short story collection Hearts and Bones will be published by Picador in 2022 and her debut novel, The Amendments, will follow in 2023. She also writes a newsletter about the money side of the publishing business called In the Read.


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Publishing Ireland was founded in 1970 as CLÉ – Irish Book Publishers’ Association  in response to the need felt by publishers to share expertise and resources in order to benefit from opportunities and solve problems which were of common concern to all.

Membership of Publishing Ireland has grown significantly and comprises most of the major publishing houses in Ireland with a mixture of trade, general and academic publishers as members.

Publishing Ireland is a cross-border organisation, with a Board drawn from the member companies’ staff and various committees and working groups. Publishing Ireland is run on the principles of inclusion and accountability, responding to and anticipating members’ needs.

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