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Online Long Course: The Next Draft



Laurel Cohn




The key to getting the most out of your next draft is understanding the role structural editing plays in manuscript development, how to go about it, and how to survive it. Over three sessions, Laurel guides you through her five-step approach, providing strategies and tools, and explores the challenging inner terrain that underlies critical engagement with your own work. Time between sessions allows you to put into practice the concepts covered. Each participant will have a one-on-one session with Laurel through the course.

A portrait of Laurel Cohn, a person with medium peach skin and dark hair. She is smiling against a dark grey background.

A portrait of Laurel Cohn


This long course will take place online. Detailed instructions for participation will be provided.

You will Learn:

  • An understanding of what structural editing entails.

  • Specific tools for writers to undertake a structural edit of their own work following a step-by-step approach.

  • How synopsis writing can be a great development tool.

  • Strategies for chapter and scene outlines.

  • An appreciation of the emotional ups and downs of manuscript development.


Dates for the Course:

  • Saturday 29 January, 10am-4pm
  • Saturday 26 February, 10am-4pm
  • Saturday 26 March, 10am-4pm


Before the Course:

Writers of fiction and narrative non-fiction should have completed at least one draft of their work-in-progress.


About Laurel Cohn

Laurel Cohn is a book editor passionate about communication and the power of stories in our lives. As a developmental editor, assessor and writing coach she has been helping writers prepare their work for publication for over three decades. She is a regular workshop presenter for Writers Victoria, Writing NSW, Queensland Writers Centre and Byron Writers Festival. She has a PhD in Literary and Cultural Studies. www.laurelcohn.com.au


Not a Member?

If you’re purchasing a full price workshop at $215, consider a full price one-year membership ($75) plus member-priced workshop ($155) will cost just $230 and give you discounts on all our services plus a year's subscription to ‘The Victorian Writer’ magazine.


And if you have a concession card, a one-year membership ($55) plus member-concession workshop ($135) will cost you only $190.

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Phone: 03 90947840
Email: program@writersvictoria.org.au

Registration for this event ended on 28 January 2022 - 4:00
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