Editing Fiction with Ana Fletcher

Learn the tips and tricks of a senior book editor and apply their techniques to your own work in progress – with publisher and editor Ana Fletcher.

How does a professional editor approach a manuscript? What questions do they ask themselves and their author? Using a combination of real-life examples and practical exercises, senior editor Ana Fletcher will lead you through her editing process and show you how to apply simple and effective techniques to your own work in progress.  

What will you do in the workshop?  

You’ll develop the skills to read your own work critically. In the first half of the workshop we’ll look at structural editing, exploring the conventions of form and genre and their importance in the editing process. In the second half of the workshop we’ll hone in on line editing: how can you make sure your sentences are working as hard as possible for you?  

Who is this masterclass for? 

This is for fiction writers of all levels, as well as for anybody interested in the art of editing and exploring how fiction works. The masterclass is limited to 20 places, so please book early to avoid disappointment.

Access Notice 

  • This masterclass is auto-captioned.

  • If you require BSL interpretation to take part, please email us at hello@spreadtheword.org.uk when booking your space and we will try to secure BSL interpretation for you. Spread the Word will cover this cost. We will need 3 weeks’ notice to fulfil requests for BSL.

  • All our online events have a relaxed format; you are welcome to take breaks at any point and turn your camera off. All our online sessions have breaks.

  • We’ll send through any reading seven days in advance. We can create adapted handouts to writers attending our workshops and events by request.

  • Our online workshops and events take place on Zoom. As standard, we will send the weblinks to participants a week in advance. If you require the dial in phone number, email us hello@spreadtheword.org.uk and we can send it through to you. Please take a look at Zoom’s accessibility info: https://zoom.us/accessibility/faq#faq1

  • If you have additional access needs or questions, please contact us at hello@spreadtheword.org.uk

Discounted rates
London Writers Network members receive a 10% discount on Spread the Word’s paid programme of activities, and access to two free specially programmed London Writers Network events a year. You can find out more about the London Writers Network scheme here. If you are a London Writers Network member please login to receive your discount.

To see if you are eligible for a concessionary rate, please take a look at our concessions policy.

If you’d like to read our terms and conditions before booking, you can do so here or you can view them at the bottom of every page of our website.

Bursary Places

We have 5 free bursary places available to writers who are:

  • Carers;

  • Single parents;

  • Care leavers;

  • Experience of being homeless;

  • Ex-offenders;

  • Disabled;

  • Unemployed;

  • On a low income either on benefits or a minimum wage zero hours contract.

If you would like to apply for a bursary place please email hello@spreadtheword.org.uk and mention which category you belong to and why you would like to take part in the course. The deadline is 6 August 2021. We will let applicants’ know the outcome of their application a month before the masterclass.

About Ana Fletcher

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Ana Fletcher is a senior freelance editor. She spent five years as a fiction editor at Jonathan Cape (an imprint of Penguin Random House), where she worked closely with emerging and established writers alike. She has edited fiction by a host of prize-winning and bestselling authors, including Julian Barnes, Tessa Hadley, Jo Hamya, Isabella Hammad, Anthony Horowitz, Daisy Johnson, Ian McEwan and Jeanette Winterson.