Self-Editing with Ana Fletcher

A series of free workshops for writers who have just started or are planning to write a full-length fiction novel.

An image of Ana Fletcher, stood outside in a garden. She smiles, with one hand in her pocket. She is a white woman with short, shoulder-length hair brown hair. She wears a black t-shirt and black trousers.

The Basics is a course designed for early-stage writers looking to make their first steps to write a novel. Spread over five weeks, the course will be run by four award-winning debut novelists and an experienced editor. Each session will standalone, so you don’t need to sign up to each one to take part. They will also be recorded so you can catch up. 

In the final session, Ana Fletcher, senior editor and founder of Unfolding Edits, will cover the basics of reading and editing your own work. She will discuss how she approaches editing a novel and share a process you can use to assess your writing and make changes to your draft. 

A note about this being free

This workshop is free to you. We ask that you only book a space if you are committed to attending. By doing this, you are supporting Spread the Word to continue to offer free workshops. If you have booked a place and can no longer attend, please get in touch to cancel your place on [email protected]. If you only want to receive the recording of this workshop, and don’t plan to attend, please do not sign up, but email us and we’ll send you the link.

Access Notice 

  • If you require BSL interpretation to take part, please email us at [email protected] by 5 June and we’ll try to secure BSL interpretation for you. Spread the Word will cover this cost.

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

  • If you have additional access needs or questions, please email us on [email protected]

About Ana

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Ana Fletcher has edited works of fiction and non-fiction by a number of prize-winning and bestselling authors, including Martin Amis, Julian Barnes, Jacqueline Crooks, Tessa Hadley, Anthony Horowitz, Howard Jacobson, Daisy Johnson, Ian McEwan, Jeanette Winterson and Evie Wyld. She spent five years as a senior editor at Jonathan Cape, an imprint of Penguin Random House, and two years with the independent press And Other Stories. In 2024, she founded Unfolding Edits to demystify the art of editing, and today runs editorial training and edits books for the Big Four publishers and several independent houses.