Are You a Writer Interested in Developing Fiction and Non-fiction Tomes? Then, this Workshop is For You

Are you a writer or an aspiring writer? OfficeXpats—in partnership with University of Washington instructor for the editing certificate, Matthew Bennett—is offering a new workshop on the editing process for writers. Register and join us for the 2nd and 3rd of the series, “What Editors Do For Writers.”

“Developmental Editing, Fiction and Non-fiction”

Office Xpats Writers Seminar imageIn this session, Bennett will dive into techniques for developmental editing of either your fiction or nonfiction book projects, to include analyzing your structure, characters, plot, and pace. This type of editing can happen even before you start writing, at the idea stage. The great thing about “dev editing” is that it continues to shape your book project until it’s an engaging narrative with publishing potential, Bennett says. You’ll also have a chance to see examples and discuss them with other participants.

Arrive at OfficeXpats (, the co-working center located on the second floor of The Pavilion on Madison Avenue, at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday Feb. 22nd, grab a drink and some snacks, and meet the instructor. Once everyone is seated, there will be a quick round of introductions to learn about your projects, so don’t be late!

What You’ll Learn: How developmental editing analyzes writing for structure, characters, plot, and pace.

Submit up to three pages of your project: Once you are registered, you are welcome to send a short excerpt from your project to Matt, and he might use it anonymously as an example during the class.

Register: There is no charge to OfficeXpats members. There is a $10 fee for a community ticket for non-members. To purchase a community ticket, first click “join” to create a free account.

If you are not a member yet, consider joining with a Passport membership, just $35/month. The Passport was designed for those who want to participate in community events and only pay for additional hours or meeting rooms with (member discounts!) as needed. NO NEED TO DECIDE NOW. Paid attendees can request a coupon for $10 credit at the event. To register, click here.

Matt Bennett at OfficeXpats during the first editing workshop on Feb. 1st
Above: Matt Bennett at OfficeXpats during the first editing workshop on Feb. 1st

About the Instructor: Matthew Bennett began editing in 2008 at Ronsdale Press, where he shepherded documents from submission to final print and served as editor for publications such as Sheila James’s In the Wake of Loss (2009). He founded Cascadia Editors Collective in 2016 after completing his PhD at the University of British Columbia. His current editing work includes novels, creative nonfiction, short stories, and academic monographs. He is also a writer. Matthew has worked with manuscripts at every stage of production, from initial submission to final publication, providing developmental editing, line editing, copy-editing, and artistic guidance. He currently teaches editing at the University of Washington Continuum College.

More Info and Registration Links:

Feb 22ndDevelopmental Editing: Fiction and Nonfiction

March 22ndThe Pre-Publication Process: Getting Your Work Out There

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