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FREE [Self-Editing 101] Online Workshop with Professional Editor Kerry Ambrose


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Virtual event, May 25th, 2022, 12:00 to 1:00PM Eastern Time

About this FREE online workshop

In this workshop you will learn best practices for editing your own writing from Kerry Ambrose, our in-house professional editor.

This 60-minute online event is designed for new and intermediate writers who want foundational training in the editing process.

By the end of this session, you will learn:

  • How to fix your writing: Kerry will highlight common writing errors and weaknesses, and share her best editing processes.
  • How to edit like a professional: Kerry will show you how to improve your grammar, characters, dialogue, plot, and other elements of your writing.
  • How to think like a pro editor: Discover errors and weaknesses that become invisible when you read the same passages again and again. 

All of this will help your book sell, so you can finally become a published author.

PLUS, submit up to 500 words of your writing, and up to 3 lucky writers will benefit from a live editing session with Kerry during the event!

This workshop is normally offered at US$89, but we're gifting it to you for FREE!

Get VIP access

Can't attend in person, or want to be sure you don’t miss anything? Choose our VIP  package to get lifetime access to the workshop recording for only $49
Go back and absorb Kerry's knowledge whenever you want, at your own pace, so you can improve your self-editing skills over time.

Choose the VIP option from the drop-down menu above!

VIP+ Access: Meet 1-on-1 with Editor Kerry Ambrose

If you're truly committed to creating the best version of your book, choose our VIP+ option, which includes access to the live event, the event recording, PLUS a 1-on-1 manuscript review with Kerry.

This includes a 45-minute meeting with Kerry, who will read up to 5,000 words of your book and a book synopsis.

Choose the VIP+ option from the drop-down menu above!

How will this workshop help me improve my writing?

Let's be honest: after enough hours of writing, your eyes glaze over typos, plot inadequacies, and character weaknesses.

What's the best way to deal with this? 

A beta reader or critique group are good initial first steps.But a professional line-by-line editor will increase the quality of your work and help bring it to the finish line. 

In this workshop, Kerry will use real-world examples to explain:

  1. What are some typical pitfalls in plot, pacing, character development, and dialogue?
  2. What are some of the most common grammatical errors?
  3. What is the best process for editing a book?
  4. What are some editing applications (resources) a writer might find helpful?
  5. Why is a book edit from an outside party important?
 This workshop also includes:
  • Asample demo, so that you can see the editing process in real time.
  • A chance to ask questions of pro editor Kerry Ambroseeither live, or by email after the event. All questions will be answered!
  • For VIP ticket holders: lifetime access to the recording of this event.
  • For VIP+ ticket holders: an additional 45-minute 1-on-1 session with Kerry to review 5,000 words of your book, and your book synopsis.

Am I ready for this workshop?

YES! We believe that the world needs to read your book! This workshop is open to writers of all genres who are at any stage of the writing journey; it will benefit those who want to improve their writing and increase their chances of selling a book to a publisher under the guidance of an experienced editor.

Whether you have...

  • Just an idea in your head
  • An outline of your book
  • A few lines down on paper, or
  • A full manuscript

...Then you will benefit from this workshop. Join us to learn from an expert how to self-edit your book!

How does it work?

60-Minute Zoom WorkshopParticipate in the workshop from the comfort of your home, anywhere in the world.

You'll get to interact with Kerry and the other participants using video, audio, and text chat (or you can watch quietly in the background—we don't mind)! Limited to 100 writers.

Ask Kerry questions either live during the event, or send them in by email afterwards.  We use Zoom for our webinars. Activating your webcam is not required to participate!

About Kerry Ambrose

Kerry Ambrose is a professional editor—one of the only editors we trust here at So You Want to Write. 

As a stylistic line editor, Kerry’s expertise will bring your fiction or non-fiction book up to industry standards (using The Chicago Manual of Style). She especially enjoys LGBTQA2S+ and women’s fiction—and books with high body counts.

Her practice is inspired by her experience. A skilled writer with a cheerful wit, she’s penned her own novel, which is currently in development. She has advanced degrees in philosophy and social justice, as well as fifteen years’ experience working in nonprofit, school, and community-based settings.

Before moving to Toronto, she lived on a Pennsylvania battlefield, in the Andean high plains, on a mountaintop in Vermont, and at a Buddhist meditation centre in California.

What writers are saying

"Kerry Ambrose is a wonderful editor. She possesses impressive literary skills, and her edits combine detailed attention to grammar with clear, concise writing. Her broad knowledge of cultural and social trends allows her to give insightful feedback on the more general issues my non-fiction books and poetry address. If you want a skilled, conscientious editor, Kerry is an excellent choice."
—Katie Curtin, Author of Amazon Bestseller The Happy, Well-Fed Artist

"Working with Kerry has been a game changer. I started my trilogy fifteen years ago, but Kerry’s recent editing support helped me finish it. I am proud to say I'm now preparing to publish! This has been a dream of mine for a long time. Consulting Kerry has been one of the best investments I’ve made on my journey to becoming a published author.”
—Stina Hemming, Author of Willful Blindness


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