“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




The Fictionary Story Editing Certificate Awaits!


Fictionary’s story editing course delivers a step-by-step approach to becoming an exceptional structural editor.

You’ll receive world-class support and personal coaching.

Upon passing certification, you will get:


Course Format and Duration

A new certification course begins every 5-6 weeks. The program lasts five weeks and includes bi-weekly online meetings with your instructors and other learners.

The course contains 12 key modules with multiple lessons, videos, and further resources.

Upon completion of all modules, you will edit a full example manuscript, and we will assess your work.

Course Dates and Times

Live classes are held on Thursdays at 12 PM ET.

June Cohort Dates: June 27th, July 11th, and August 8th, 15th, 22th.

September Cohort Dates: September 5th, 12th, 19th, and 26th, and October 3rd.


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 Certified 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


The System

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. 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.

Summary Letters

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 colors 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.  The StoryCoach Certification program will help you deliver these secrets to your clients in a clear, systematic way. They will thank you for it.


Meet Your Instructors


Kristina Stanley

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.

L. Cooke

Strong story structure makes a great story. I’m the Head of Community and Training at Fictionary. I’m also a Fictionary Certified StoryCoach Editor and a Fictionary Certified Instructor. My passion is teaching story structure to others, and I’d love to meet you in the certification course. We can learn and grow together in the world’s kindest writing community.


Total cost to participate is $699 (discounted from $1999) for the instruction and course materials, plus $49/month for a StoryCoach subscription.

It’s an investment in yourself and your career.

Register for the next certification now.

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Allison Itterly Fictionary Certified Story Coach

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

Fictionary Certified StoryCoach

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

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

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