Editing Happy

Editing Happy (Core course, Lesson #12) - 17th November 2022, 7-9pm GMT


What do you think of when you think of editing? Painful and embarrassing cuts? Corruptions of your original vision? Tiresome labour when the creative part is done?...


All wrong. Editing tends to have a bad press among beginners, and that negative association can persist even in more advanced poets. These ideas couldn’t be further from the truth, and they do nothing but hurt you and your writing. This is a perfect class for any poet who goes in fear or defiance of the editor. This class busts the myths and the bad attitudes. Learn to see editing as positive, creative and fun, and learn how to edit well.


What will happen in this class:


  • A discussion about editing and how we feel about it.
  • A lecture covering: positive and negative attitudes towards editing, healthy and unhealthy ideas about editing, how these affect you and your writing, a useful editing toolkit you can apply to any poem.
  • A guided editing session*.


* This exercise is about redrafting a piece of your own work, so come to the class with a copy of one of your own poems prepared and ready to edit.



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All Zoom sessions will be recorded. After a class or workshop, registrants will be emailed a link to the recording. If you are unable to attend a session for which you have registered, you will still be able to watch the recorded session at your convenience.

Editing Happy