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May 27, 2017: Literary Architecture: Structurally Editing Fiction

What: Editors BC professional development seminar
When: Saturday, May 27, 2017, 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
Where: Room 810, 8th floor, BCIT Downtown Campus, 555 Seymour Street, Vancouver | map
Cost: $165 for Editors Canada members ($135 early bird), $230 for non-members ($200 early bird), and $100 for student affiliates. Advance registration required. Registration closes May 19; early-bird rates are in effect through May 5.

Sometimes we imagine fiction as arriving at the publisher in a near-perfect form, ready for publishing. In fact, fiction undergoes as rigorous an edit as non-fiction, and often is signed more for its potential than its readiness. Respecting the originality of the author’s voice and work, while still serving all parties with a sensitive critique, is a delicate balance.

This six-hour seminar on substantively editing literary fiction will look past the mystique and empower you to make the necessary edits with confidence. This seminar will cover fiction’s special considerations, the eight specific components of fiction and questions to ask for a comprehensive, respectful and considered job as the book’s first reader. Visit the registration page for further details.

This seminar is appropriate for aspiring, new and experienced editors of fiction. Questions and participant examples are welcome throughout the day.

Joy Gugeler has more than 25 years’ experience as an acquiring and substantive editor. She has acquired and edited over 80 books for Beach Holme Publishing, Raincoast Books and ECW Press, and has worked in the role of editor-in-chief for three online magazines and as an editorial board member for ARC Poetry, Quarry, Portal and Room quarterlies. She edits the Ralph Gustafson Distinguished Poet’s Lecture Series and up to 10 titles annually for her freelance firm, Chameleon Consulting.

Joy teaches editing in Ryerson University’s Certificate in Publishing program, SFU’s Master of Publishing program and Summer Publishing Workshops, and at Vancouver Island University. She has a Bachelor of Journalism and a master’s in Canadian studies from Carleton University, and is completing a PhD in communications at SFU.

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