How to Edit Your Novel or Memoir

Learn from a Bestseller How to "Bathe Your Book" Once Your First Draft Is Complete

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Editing is supposed to improve your writing, but how do you know if you're doing it right? Complete this online course to learn the must-haves of big-picture editing and how to apply the ARISE method to craft a story your reader won't be able to put down. Tighten loose threads, enhance one-note characters, and learn which scenes to cut. You'll also get your hands on my ultimate line-editing checklist. This course is enhanced by the Book in a Bag kit, so have yours handy!

Your Instructor

Jess Lourey
Jess Lourey

Jess Lourey teaches, travels, and writes about secrets.

She's the bestselling Edgar, Agatha, and Lefty-nominated, Anthony-winning author of nonfiction, children's books, YA adventure, magical realism, romcom mysteries, and thrillers. Jess is a retired professor of writing and sociology, a recipient of The Loft's Excellence in Teaching fellowship, a Psychology Today blogger, a leader of writing retreats, and a TEDx presenter. Check out her TEDx Talk to discover the surprising inspiration behind May Day, her first published novel. In addition to her online courses, she teaches face-to-face writing workshops for all and leads transformative writing retreats for women.

When not traveling, reading, writing, or hanging out with her family, you can find her dreaming of her next story. You can find out more about Jess on her website and by signing up for her newsletter.

Course Curriculum

  START HERE—Bathe Your Book: Revolutionary Editing Hacks Preparation
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  Content Editing: Character Arcs
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Frequently Asked Questions

When does the course start and finish?
The course starts now and never ends! It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish.
How long do I have access to the course?
How does lifetime access sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own.
What if I am unhappy with the course?
We would never want you to be unhappy! If you are unsatisfied with your purchase, contact us in the first 30 days and we will give you a full refund.
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