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Cultivate Your Inner Editor

All Levels | Great, you’ve got a draft—but now what? Don’t just tinker, take a methodical approach to deep editing—from the conceptual analysis to line edits. Learn how to assess the shape and structure of your draft s to sharpen your ideas, develop themes, control pace, and ensure cohesion. Then dig in at the sentence and paragraph level to eliminate clichés, clunky phrases, and extra words to make your work more precise and compelling. Students should have an existing essay or piece of creative nonfiction that they want to edit, roughly 2,000—5,000 words.

Instructor: Leah Baltus

Class Type: 4 Sessions

Term: Fall 2019

Start Date: 10/01/2019

End Date: 10/22/2019

Days of the Week: Tuesday

Time: 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Minimum Class Size: 5

Maximum Class Size: 15

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Leah Baltus

Leah Baltus’ writing and editing career spans nearly two decades, during which time she has worked with poetry, fiction, essay, creative nonfiction, screenplays and many forms of journalism. She was editor-in-chief of City Arts from 2011 to 2018, where she had the pleasure to edit many of Seattle’s most exciting writers.

Previously Leah served as editorial director at Pyramid Communications, producing messaging and materials for leading nonprofits and philanthropies in the region. She founded and ran the nationally distributed zine RIVET for seven years and is a co-founder of the artist support nonprofit Shunpike. Prior to moving to Seattle in 2001, she worked for a Hollywood literary manager, helping to facilitate adaptations of books and magazine stories for the screen.

Leah grew up in the Detroit suburbs and studied journalism and creative writing at Northwestern University. She lives in the Hillman City neighborhood with her husband, a wacky French bulldog and an ancient fluffy gray cat.

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