Edit Your Fiction From Sentence to Structure –
an online opportunity for fiction writers


Spread the Word is pleased to offer a fantastic opportunity for fiction writers to explore the craft and challenge of editing their work with prize-winning writer, editor and publisher Shaun Levin. 

What is Edit Your Fiction?

Edit Your Fiction is an online course for fiction writers to refine their work and explore alternative ways of looking closely at their writing on the macro and micro levels. This is not a course for generating new material, although there will be weekly written assignments relating to your existing body of work. The course is designed to support you to reflect on your writing and sharpen your editorial skills. By the end of the course, you will have deeper insight into the choices you can make when editing a draft of any writing project. There is a fee of £60 for successful applicants to participate in this opportunity.

Who is Edit Your Fiction for?

The opportunity is designed for fiction writers who are working on a long-term project. You may have finished an early draft of a novel, novella or short story collection and are looking for ways to shape your work into its final form. The course will be most beneficial to writers who are a significant way into their current project, and who are interested in delving into the practical, psychological and daily challenges of putting together a book. Fiction writers aged 18 and over from anywhere can apply if you feel you are ready for the challenge of dynamic and rigorous editorial insight. In addition to being committed to their writing, we ask that interested participants commit to the entire 8 weeks of the course (see dates below).

Who is leading Edit Your Fiction?

Shaun Levin has published several books, including Seven Sweet Things, A Year of Two Summers, and Snapshots of The Boy, and has been teaching creative writing in London for twenty years. His short stories have been anthologised alongside writers such as Ali Smith and Nadine Gordimer. Shaun is the founding editor of the literary and arts journal, Chroma, and currently co-edits The A3 Review. He is the creator of Writing Maps, illustrated guides for writers, and the author of The Writing Notebooks, a series of notebooks with prompts for people who want to write a book. You can read more about him at shaunlevin.com.

How will the course run? 

The opportunity will be held online using simple sharing platforms. We will send successful applicants guidance in advance on the platforms the course will use. 

Is there a charge?

There is a small fee. Full price: £60 for the full course, £54 for London Writers Network members and £48 for Concessions for the full total of four sessions. Please see our concessions policy; we will ask for proof of status after shortlisting.

When will the course run and how much time will I need to dedicate to it?  

The course will run from 20 October until 11 December 2017. Fortnightly on a Friday starting on 20 October, Shaun will upload assignments for participants to complete by the following Wednesday. Participants should be prepared to dedicate at least three hours a week to participating in the course.

Sounds great, I’m interested. How do I apply?

If you are interested in taking part in Edit Your Fiction and are able to commit to the eight weeks of the course, please apply by completing this form: https://goo.gl/forms/50FclmJZqqO39pI23

The form asks you to share: 

  • Your name and email address

  • The first 500 words of  the fiction project you would like to work on during the course

  • 100 words about the current fiction project that you are working on

  • 100 words about the main challenges of your current fiction project

  • If you are applying for the concessions rate, and if so, how you meet our concessions policy

The deadline for applications is Monday 25 September, 10am GMT.
All applicants will be informed of the outcome of their application by Monday 2nd October.

If you have any queries about Editing Your Fiction, please email [email protected]

Published 8 September 2017