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An Introduction to Self-Editing

20 August @ 18:30 - 20:30

About this Event

“Writing is rewriting,” as the saying goes. Knowing how to self-edit your work before bringing in the professionals is essential.

In this 2-hour course with Jess Dixon, you’ll cover the core principles of effective editing, explore different approaches to the redrafting process, and take part in some practise exercises on your current work in progress.

Jess will be on hand throughout the session to make sure that you understand specific elements of the editing process so that you can polish up your manuscript ready for the next stage.

Note: Please bring along a piece of prose writing (fiction, non-fiction or academic text) that you’re currently working on.

Throughout this 2-hour session, you will…

  • Explore self-editing and why it is important.
  • Discover different approaches to the editing process and work out which ones work best for you.
  • Consider some of the most important things to watch out for when editing your own work.
  • Understand when is the right time to bring in a professional editor.

About Jess

Jess Amy Dixon is a freelance writer, editor, and social media manager based in Leicestershire. She works with clients in a range of different sectors, helping them to grow their businesses through the power of the written word. She’s also currently working on her PhD at the University of Winchester and has won prizes for short fiction.


This workshop will be delivered online via Zoom. Zoom is a cloud-based video conferencing service you can use to virtually meet with others – either by video or audio-only or both. A user manual containing access instructions and a link will be sent out to you before the workshop. You will need an internet connection, and a computer with either a built-in camera or webcam, and a built-in microphone/speaker.

Book your place

Tickets cost £15 for NWS members and £18 for general admission. Book your place below, or to find out more about joining NWS, head to our membership page.

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20 August
18:30 - 20:30
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Nottingham Writers’ Studio
25 Hockley
Nottingham, Nottinghamshire NG1 1FH United Kingdom
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