Writing Group: Introduction to Editing & Revision

  • All participants who enrol must be fully (double) vaccinated by the class start date to be able to join classes on site (as per public health orders): 
  • NO refunds or transfers for anyone who enrols and is not fully vaccinated by the class start date

"To write is human, to edit is divine."  Stephen King

Writing 'in the grip' of inspiration to find your first draft is a very different process to revising and editing to secure a finished work. 

In a first draft you negotiate with the mysteries of art, but for editing you need craft and intellectual rigour. John Irving proclaimed that half his life was an act of revision, and Hemingway famously asserted that the first draft of anything 'is shit’. 

Join novelist Janet Fennell and find out about the seven sweeps (or passes) you need to make to de-clutter your manuscript: editing for Sound, Sense, Structure, White-space or Chapter-breaks, for Brevity & Texture, to 'Slay the Explainer', and sort the 'Muddle-in-the-Middle’. 

Participants may get the most out of the workshop if you bring some sort of a manuscript to work on and apply their learning to - a short-story or chapter or personal essay or poem or memoir piece or daily-blog - but it's not necessary. 

Do bring writing materials and something to eat and drink!

"Not that the story need be long, but it will take a long while to make it short." Henry David Thoreau

What's been said about Janet’s previous courses:

“A lot of material covered - loved her energy and perspective.”

“Lots of information, lots of suggested exercises, lots of prepared sheets - very good for revision"


*During COVID: Students studying on-site at NSCC will be asked to assist their tutor in a post-course clean down of the room & anything used during this time. Please understand we are putting in strict protocols across the board to ensure the safety of our entire community.



Tutor: Janet Fennell

Janet is an award-winning novelist, short story writer, reviewer, essayist and poet who has an MA in Writing and has been teaching creative writing for more than 15 years. Her short stories (general fiction, romance, science-fiction) have appeared in various magazines and newspapers (eg. Woman’s Day, The West Australian) and her novel ‘Only Myself’ was published by HarperCollins. Janet studied English & Communication (BA), Librarianship (DipLib) and Writing (MA) at university, as well as script - writing at the AFTRS, and spent many years working in library management, public relations and corporate communications (including speech - writing) before turning to fiction and teaching. Janet runs her courses, seminars and workshops independently as well as through libraries and community centres and as an occasional guest presenter at universities. She was born in the UK, spent her adolescence in NZ, and, following a period of travelling the world, moved to Australia in 1989. Apart from books and writing, Janet’s other passions include the arts, wildlife and conservation, travel and gardening. She divides her time between Sydney and the Blue Mountains where she currently lives and where the play and novel she is writing are set.