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3 Part Course – Fiction Editing with Niamh Mulvey

  • Part 1  – Thursday 13th May  – 10am – 12.30
  • Part 2 –  Thursday 20th May – 10am – 12.30
  • Part 3 –  Thursday 27th May – 10am – 12.30


This three-part course will provide you with an overview of fiction editing, commercial and literary, including how to assess a piece of writing, developing strategies on character development and maintaining voice, and tips on how to communicate feedback with an author.

This course is for editors interested in working in fiction. Whether you have edited short passages of work or copy for marketing and publicity purposes or just haven’t edited fiction before, this course could help further your career. 

Over three days you will learn what’s different about Editing Fiction and cover areas such as categories of fiction, timelines and other plot grids, characterisation recording, marking up dialogue, continuity of plot and using a style sheet. Please note that this is NOT a creative writing course so will be unsuited to authors wishing for information on how best to edit their own work.

Day 1 – Thursday 13th May – 10am – 12.30

  • Introduction – what is storytelling for?
  • What makes the novel different from other forms of storytelling?
  • Commercial fiction – page-turners and pot-boilers
  • Literary fiction – what does it all mean
  • Children’s fiction – age ranges, conventions and formats

Day 2 – Thursday 20th May – 10am – 12.30

  • Voice – and why we shouldn’t talk about voice
  • Point of view – who owns the story
  • Plotting – what happens and why
  • Control – is it an illusion?
  • Dialogue – make it snappy
  • Joy, pleasure and fun – the heart of it all

Day 3 – Thursday 27th May – 10am – 12.30

  • Editorial Processes explained – getting technical, includes tips on software, note-taking, and valuing your time as an editor
  • How to accompany your author through the pain and joy of publication – honesty and transparency in an opaque industry
  • Publication and beyond – what publishing looks like today, what will it look like tomorrow, how to help your authors navigate it all

Who is this course for?

  • Editorial staff and freelancers already working on/interested in working on fiction
  • Those looking to work in an editorial role in the publishing industry


Niamh Mulvey is a writer and freelance editor. She spent ten years working in-house in the UK publishing industry, in children’s fiction and adult literary fiction. She now works with individual writers as a freelance editor and writing coach. Niamh’s work has appeared in the Irish Times, The Bookseller, The Stinging Fly, Image Magazine, Banshee and The Pool. Her short story collection Hearts and Bones will be published by Picador in 2022 and her debut novel, The Amendments, will follow in 2023. She also writes a newsletter about the money side of the publishing business called In the Read.