Editing for Prose Writers with Ellah Wakatama Allfrey

Do you have a work in progress but don’t know how to develop it? Learn essential editing skills with Ellah Wakatama Allfrey, Publishing Director of The Indigo Press.

The journey from first draft to final draft does not need to be arduous. In this one-day masterclass you will learn how to edit your own work with the acclaimed publisher and critic Ellah Wakatama Allfrey OBE. You’ll already have a complete draft of the piece you want to develop and a willingness to try new techniques and hear other writers talk about their work.

What will you do on the course?

You will develop the skills to read your own work critically. Topics covered will include first drafts, character mapping, plotting, structure and line editing. You will also gain a valuable insight into the dos and don’ts of submitting your work to an agent or publisher.

Who is it for?

This masterclass is for emerging writers who already have a completed draft of creative writing and want to improve their editing skills. This can be fiction or non-fiction, but excludes poetry. Participants will be asked to read and reflect on a piece of writing in preparation for the day. The masterclass is limited to 12 places, so please book early to avoid disappointment.

About Spread the Word’s 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.

Please note that all participants will need to have a complete draft of the piece of writing you want to develop in the masterclass.

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Ellah Wakatama Allfrey, Publishing Director of The Indigo Press, is a former deputy editor at Granta magazine and former senior editor at Jonathan Cape, Random House. She has commissioned stories for Audible and BBC Radio 4 and has written for publications including The Daily Telegraph, the Guardian and The Spectator, as well as reviewing and presenting for BBC Radio 4 and NPR. She has a served as a judge on a number of prestigious literary prizes including the Man Booker, Dublin International Literary Award, Commonwealth Short Story Prize and The David Cohen Prize. She currently sits on the Advisory Council of Art for Amnesty and the advisory board of the Johannesburg Review of Books. She is a trustee of the Caine Prize for African Writing, the Jalada Collective (Kenya) and The Royal Literary Fund