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Fiction Editing, Master Class – with Niamh Mulvey

Who is this course suitable for

  • those who have never edited fiction but are considering doing so
  • those who have edited a little fiction but would like a little guidance
  • those who have edited some fiction, but want to consolidate their experience

Course Description

Overview of the editorial process

  • The process of getting a manuscript from Word Doc to the final file.
  • Overview of what we mean by structural editing, copy-editing, proofreading and desk-editing.
  • Discuss how house editors work with freelance copy editors and proofreaders.

Structural Editing / Developmental editing

  • A brief introduction to story structure and theory, and a discussion of how to draw on this to help your authors


  • Relationship Management with authors, colleagues, agents and others.
  • What to do when an author delivers a messy second novel?
  • How to communicate directly but sensitively with authors.
  • How to advocate effectively for your authors in-house
  • Managing relationships with in-house colleagues and agents

This course will run over two days from 09.30 – 12.30 and will include a small amount of homework.

Course Feeback from previous fiction editing courses rub b Niamh Mulvey.

“I thought the course was an excellent introduction to the craft o fiction editing. Niamh shared many valuable insights into her process and techniques. I learnt a lot about the role and about the publishing world”

“Niamh Mulvey’s course more than met my expectations. I feel it consolidated what I do know and the course content gave a firm grounding in what makes a professional approach to freelance editing. Thanks to Orla at Publishing Ireland and Niamh Mulvey, highly recommended.”

“As an experienced editor, it was really refreshing and helpful to hear a peer talking about the work (as Niamh says, they are actually few opportunities to talk about the nitty-gritty side of it. Taking the time out for the three sessions gave me the opportunity to reflect on some of my experiences and methods, and indeed to consider new ways of coming at issues with manuscripts I’m working on currently”.

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 has been running hugely successful courses in fiction editing with Publishing Ireland since 2020, they are hugely popular and sell out quickly.

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.


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