Master Classes

Coming in June...Sherry Hinman. SPIT AND POLISH: Editing Your Own Work

Sherry Hinman Facilitator: Sherry Hinman
Date: Saturday, June 23, 2018
Time: 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Location: Durham College - Whitby Campus, 1610 Champlain Avenue, Whitby (just northeast of Highway 401 and Thickson Road)
Room: 2-44
Cost: $85 for members, $95 for non-members

SPIT AND POLISH: Editing Your Own Work

When you write, your focus should be on one thing: the story. Once you’ve finished writing, that focus shifts to the experience of the reader. This is the work of editing, whether it’s for your own writing or that of others. In a full-day, hands-on, master class, Sherry will lead you through your own writing as well as exercises and writing samples to explore the types of editing you can apply to your own work. We will begin with an aerial view of narratives—fiction and non-fiction—and some of the more important considerations about the content and structure of stories. From there, we will zero in on the sentence level, with an examination of stylistic editing, which includes aspects like word choice, writing style, avoiding clutter, and so on. Finally, we will zoom in for a close-up on your writing, including some of the pitfalls of grammar, spelling, and punctuation. Examples from published and unpublished writing will be used throughout, and participants are strongly encouraged to bring pieces of their own writing to work on.

About Sherry Hinman

Sherry Hinman is a full-time editor, writer, and professor. She is a Certified Professional Editor (CPE) through Editors Canada (Certified Copy Editor, Proofreader, Structural and Stylistic Editor) and is a former member of Editors Canada’s certification steering committee. Sherry is also a professor at Durham College, where she has taught adults for 16 years, and she has 10 years’ experience as a creative writing instructor at the Oshawa Senior Citizens’ Centre. As a writer, Sherry has had over 100 articles published in magazines and newspapers, internationally, and she has had a few short stories published in anthologies. A respected member of Durham Region’s writing community, Sherry is a past president of the Writers’ Community of Durham Region and the founding chair of the Ontario Writers’ Conference. Prior to her career in editing, Sherry worked for many years as a speech–language pathologist and professional practice leader in a hospital setting. Her education includes a BA in linguistics from McGill University, a BSc and MSc in speech–language pathology from Université de Montréal, and an editing certificate from George Brown College.


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Note: Lunch not included; please bring your own lunch or be prepared to drive to a local coffee shop. Some vending machines are on the premises, but we cannot guarantee what items will be available.  

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