Open-Genre | Workshop

How to Think Like a Professional Editor

In this six-week workshop writers will strengthen their developmental and line-editing skills, and learn to write, thoughtful, effective editorial letters. In weekly workshops, writers will also learn how to develop a critical eye and edit their own work. As a final project, writers will self-edit 50-100 pages of their own writing and draft an editorial letter to themselves. Each writer will have their work edited and workshopped by peers at least twice during our course in addition to the final project. With the aid of small in-class assignments writers will learn how to recognize issues with pacing, voice, narrative arc/plot, structure, tone, and authorial ticks. Writers will also learn how to edit sentences for structure, clarity, word choice, repetition, tone, and narrative progression. 

*no class 7/4 or 7/25

Quressa Robinson

Quressa Robinson is an Associate Agent with D4EO Literary Agency actively building her client list. Formerly she was an acquiring editor for St. Martin’s Press, where she edited both fiction and nonfiction. Her acquisitions include Certain Dark Things (a PW Top 10 Pick and B&N Staff Pick) and The Beautiful Ones–both by Locus, World Fantasy, Sunburst, and Aurora Award-nominated author Silvia Moreno-Garcia; Spells of Blood and Kin (starred PW review) by Claire Humphrey; and The Atlas of Forgotten Places by Jenny D. Williams. She is an alumnus of Columbia University’s MFA program.

Testimonials

“I feel extremely lucky to have had Quressa’s astute editorial eye and keen insight to help shape my novel into its final form. It’s rare to find an editor equally skilled in recognizing big-picture issues as she is in attending to the subtleties of language sentence by sentence, yet Quressa does both exceptionally well. And the best part: rather than simply pointing out flaws, she presents clear, tangible ways to address them, changes that never feel forced but which seem to originate from within the story itself, as if she can see through the words on the page to the shimmering outline of the story you meant to write all along.”

Jenny D. Williams author of THE ATLAS OF FORGOTTEN PLACES

“Quressa Robinson is a thoughtful, patient and dedicated editor. She can help your manuscript become the best it can be.”

Silvia Moreno-Garcia author of SIGNAL TO NOISE and CERTAIN DARK THINGS

“Quressa is a thoughtful, encouraging editor with a great understanding of how books work. She guided the final drafts of Spells of Blood and Kin to be the best it could be. I was delighted to work with someone who believed in my book and in me!”

Claire Humphrey author of SPELLS OF BLOOD AND KIN

Class Meeting
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Location: Catapult HQ
Class Meeting
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Location: Catapult HQ
Class Meeting
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Location: Catapult HQ
Class Meeting
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Location: Catapult HQ
Class Meeting
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Location: Catapult HQ
Class Meeting
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Location: Catapult HQ