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How to Edit Fiction – A Closer Look

3 Part 14th, 21st and 28th September 2022

This 3 Part Course course will take a close look at how editors can work with authors – those with book deals and those without – to help improve and shape their manuscripts. Drawing from a variety of texts on structure (James Woods’ How Fiction Works, John Yorke’s Into the Woods and Jessica Brody’s Save the Cat! Writes a Novel among others) as well as examples from across genres – thrillers, children’s fiction, literary novels, and more – this course will delve into the nitty-gritty of what makes a great novel “work”. We will also look at how editors can work sensitively and with integrity with their authors.

Who is this course for?

  • This course is suitable for editors already in the business and those who wish to join it.


Wednesday 14th 10am – 12.30pm / Wednesday 21st 10am – 12.30pm / Wednesday 28th 10am – 12.30pm

SPEAKER – Niamh Mulvey

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.