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Review Your Memoir Like a Developmental Editor

Genres: Nonfiction

Online Asynchronous

Intermediate, Advanced

6 Sessions

Start Date: July 10, 2023
End Date: August 14, 2023
Time: 12:00am - 12:00am PT
Capacity: 20 seats
Member Price: $274.50
General Price: $305.00

How clearly can you see your own story? This class teaches how a professional developmental editor evaluates memoirs for readability and reach. We'll talk about identifying and addressing key issues that make personal storytelling effective, including theme and concept, plot arc, character development, pacing, narrative voice, and relatability. Through weekly exercises, you'll explore new tools to help you see your work in progress from a fresh perspective and learn a few tricks to help you tackle revisions.

Registration dates:

June 5: Scholarship Donation Day (Learn more.)

June 6: Member registration opens

June 13: General registration opens

Beth Jusino

Beth Jusino


Beth Jusino has more than twenty years of experience helping writers navigate the complicated space between manuscript and final book. A former literary agent and marketing director, she’s now a writer, developmental editor, and publishing consultant for both traditional and self-publishing authors. She’s the author of the award-winning Walking to the End of the World: A Thousand Miles on the Camino de Santiago and The Author's Guide to Marketing, and she’s ghostwritten and collaborated on half a dozen additional titles for both large and small presses. Beth is a member of The Authors Guild and the Northwest Editors Guild, and has taught at writers’ conferences and book festivals around the world. Visit her online at or on Twitter/Instagram @bethjusino.

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Class sessions may be recorded if a session falls on a holiday, or if a student has access needs. Class recordings are not guaranteed.

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Classes may be cancelled if less than 5 students are enrolled within 10 days before the class start date. If for any reason Hugo House needs to cancel a class, students can choose between a full credit or full refund.

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