Courses

Pamela Hewitt, teacher

A qualified teacher, I’ve presented face-to-face editing programs for universities, colleges, writers’ centres and societies of editors around Australia and internationally. I have also developed online courses in professional editing.

Fiction Editing Masterclass

The Fiction Editing Masterclass is a professional development program for practising editors with at least two years’ experience in fiction editing who wish to extend their knowledge, skills and expertise. The program is a series of closely designed workshops, each focused on a different story element in fiction. Workshops will be live, online, and last two and a half hours.

I will be teaching these masterclasses alongside my colleague, Renée Otmar. Please contact me or Renée for further information about the masterclasses, costs and discounts. Registrations are open now.

Narrative exposition versus Action
Date: 19 April 2022
Trainer: Renée Otmar

Point of view
Date: 31 May 2022
Trainer: Pamela Hewitt

Voice
Date: 12 July 2022
Trainer: Renée Otmar

Dialogue
Date: 16 August 2022
Trainer: Pamela Hewitt

Tense
Date: 20 September 2022
Trainer: Renée Otmar

Pace
Date: 25 October 2022
Trainer: Pamela Hewitt

Communicating with authors and publishing clients
Date: 29 November 2022
Trainer: Renée Otmar and Pamela Hewitt

Their life in your hands: Editing memoir
10 and 18 June 2022, 12–3pm AEST

My 2021 workshop on memoir for Editors NSW was oversubscribed. I’m pleased that Editors Aotearoa New Zealand will be offering an updated version in June.

 

What makes for a successful memoir? Who owns a life story? The workshop explores the boundaries between memoir, autobiography, autofiction and biography. We’ll examine new approaches and recent controversies.

The relationship between memoir editor and client can be delicate, and there can be thorny legal questions that touch on copyright, defamation and privacy law. We will examine the use of letters, photographs and song lyrics, as well as negative comments about real people.

Writing a memoir is often a writer’s first foray into publishing. Certain flaws in manuscripts are common. Using sample texts, we’ll consider ways to overcome structural, style and presentational weaknesses.

What should you do if the manuscript you receive isn’t ready for commercial publication, even after editing? We consider a range of alternative services, from developmental editing, beta reading and chapter editing to manuscript assessment. There’s also scope for writing coaching, ghost writing and self-publishing services.

This workshop will be hosted by Editors Aotearoa New Zealand. Registration information to be advised.

Editing for Writers
19 September to 28 October 2022

My six-week online editing course, Editing for Writers, will be available from Writing NSW.

Structural editing

When you restructure a piece of writing, the whole text is up for grabs. Structural editing is a creative means of reimagining the shape, balance and flow of a text. In this session, we also consider sensitivity editing for diverse readers.

Proofreading and copyediting

Proofreading is much more than correcting spelling mistakes and the placement of commas. Good copyediting tightens language and increases your chances of finding a publisher and readers. This session introduces the fundamentals of these processes.

Plain and simple

Like food, language appeals most when it’s fresh and varied. Whatever the writing technique, there is a relationship between clear writing and clear thinking. We also look at brilliant exceptions to the precepts of plain English approaches.

Brave new world of digital media

The screen is different from the page and so editing techniques need to be targeted to both format and device. We look at ground-breaking developments in writing for digital media and the skills writers need to keep up with digital publishing developments.

Grammar and punctuation for writers

This session takes the anxiety out of grammar and punctuation and provides the tools and confidence to avoid common mistakes. We also consider ways grammar is evolving and analyse contemporary trends in punctuation and presentation of manuscripts.

Edit your story

The final week ties together all that we’ve learnt using excerpts from specific genres. Participants will also receive tailored feedback on editing solutions. They can choose an excerpt of their own writing or a sample text to identify problems and find ways to improve the draft.

 

Writing and Editing Digital Texts
with Pamela Hewitt

Today, writers need to understand the digital world and decide how they want to participate in it.

You don’t need to be a techie to publish and publicise your text on a variety of digital platforms. Learn from accredited editor Pamela Hewitt, who has worked in editing and publishing for over 25 years.

Working through the practical, hands-on exercises in this course, you will:

  • understand current digital technology
  • learn strategies for presenting your blog or podcast or story on a range of screens
  • explore the digital possibilities for texts you’ve already written, in any subject area and genre
  • gain insights into the pros and cons of self-publishing

This is an on-demand course, which means it’s available any time, whenever you’re ready.

You can enrol at Writing NSW