“If you want to be an editor, StoryCoach certification is THE qualification to take. It will give you in-depth knowledge about story from first word to final chapter. You’ll learn about character depth, common writing mistakes and how to fix them, tension, pace, plot, setting as well as 38 elements of story.
You’ll have opportunities to ask questions as the StoryCoach training team are there for you every step of the way.
If you want to be a world-class story editor, you have to take this course.”
— Sacha Black, Fictionary Certified Story Coach
and Host of The Rebel Author Podcast
Ready to kick start your professional editing career?Join the Fictionary community to enrol today
Overview of Fictionary’s Story Editing Certificate Course
Fictionary’s story editing course delivers a step-by-step approach to becoming an exceptional editor.
You’ll receive world-class support and personal coaching, so you can build your editing business and help your clients tell powerful stories.
Upon passing certification, you will get:
- a certificate
- an electronic badge for your professional site
- a listing on Fictionary.co’s list of recommended editors
- an announcement of your certification in the Fictionary community of writers
Course Format and Duration
A new certification course begins every two months. The certification lasts eight weeks and includes bi-weekly online meetings with your instructors and the other people enrolled in the program.
The course contains twelve key modules, each of which contain multiple lessons, videos, and further resources.
Upon completion of all modules, you will edit a full example manuscript and we will assess your work.
Who is the Course for?
Because the program is so systematic and practical, anyone with a love of story and a strong work ethic can become a Fictionary StoryCoach Editor.
But be warned: We take certification seriously and students who don’t put in the work, don’t pass. Please only enroll if you are willing to put in the time and effort to become a world-class editor.
Story Editing Course Outline
Your course will focus first on Fictionary’s story editing system. You’ll learn what it is and why it works.
The Story Elements
Then, you’ll go deep into the three most important elements of every story: plot, character and setting. This is where the real magic happens. You’ll learn how to power-up each of these areas, using the 38 Fictionary Story Elements.
The Visual Insights
You’ll learn how to use Fictionary’s visual insights to show your clients the impact of your work. As a writer follows your feedback, their story arc will be improved and the story map will help them track and understand when their story is ready to share.
Finally, you’ll learn how to write a clear, effective summary letter that helps your clients understand the “why” behind your feedback.
Learn the Techniques that Power All Successful Commercial Fiction
Storytelling is an art form, and just as the great painters must learn to mix colours and capture light, great writers must learn the writing techniques hidden in the books they love.
There are practical techniques that authors have been using for millennia to keep their readers turning pages. A great hook at the end of a chapter will leave your reader wanting more. Clear stakes make your reader understand what drives your character. There are so many tried and tested ways that authors make their stories more engaging and their characters more compelling. The StoryCoach certification will help you deliver these secrets to your clients in a clear, systematic way. They will thank you for it.
Meet Your Instructors
With the explosion of self-publishing, there is an increased demand for talented fiction editors. Specifically, “story editors” —structural
editors for novels. I spent years working with writers only to hear they were getting low quality story edits. Then I worked with editors to understand why writers weren’t getting what they needed. And now, my dream is to help editors and authors work together to create powerful stories. As an author and an editor, I care deeply about this. So deeply that I created Fictionary.
When editors use StoryCoach software, clients gush at their level of expertise and word-of-mouth spreads about their exceptional editing services. This is your chance to grow your editing business as technology evolves.
Join the future of editing.
I am a story geek. Fairy tales, and fantasy, and YA are my preferred genres. I garden, on a smallholding, in the UK. I tend to over 300 apple trees, over 200 rose bushes, and heaps of greenhouses. Gardening is a lot like editing, the patience, the nurturing, the kindness are transferable skills that both a gardener and an editor need. There is also magic that happens when weeding in the garden, which is much like the magic that happens when editing a story.
Total cost to participate is $1098. This includes $699 (discounted from $1999) for the instruction and course materials and $399 for an annual StoryCoach subscription.
It’s an investment in yourself and your career.
Ready to kick start your career as a professional editor?Join the Fictionary community to enrol today
StoryCoach makes it easy to convey to authors what they can do to improve their story and implement changes.
Allison Itterly, Fictionary Certified Story Coach
The theory underpinning the approach is comprehensive, convincing, and often inspired. I would recommend it to anyone who wants to…
Michael Springer, Fictionary Certified StoryCoach
I was blown away by the StoryCoach program! Definitely get your certification and start using this amazing program!
Kristin McTiernan, Fictionary Certified StoryCoach
StoryCoach Certification Training supercharged my editing, helping me to focus attention on story specific elements. I highly recommend it.
Jefferson Gaskin, Fictionary Certified StoryCoach
An in-depth course that's a must have for every story editor. Being evaluated boosted my editing skills into overdrive!
Dawn Field, Fictionary Certified StoryCoach