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Institute of Continuing Education (ICE)


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Gone are the days when one could submit the first (or even fifth) draft of a manuscript to an agent or publisher and hope to be taken on purely on the basis of your excellent potential. Nowadays one must polish one’s manuscript until it shines before daring to submit. So, if you’ve finished your first draft and want to prepare for publication, this workshop will give you the skills to edit your novel to the necessary standards.

In this day school we’ll discuss the stories we’re currently working on and talk about when might be the right time to edit. We’ll consider the rules for excellent editing and start to develop the skills of professional editing in practical exercises. As a result of the day school students should feel confident about editing their own work. We’ll also share effective strategies for submitting to agents once the editing process is complete.


Fees & bursaries


The course fee includes tuition, tea, coffee and lunch and travel on excursions (but not entrance fees to properties visited).

VAT does not apply to course fees and there is no service charge (gratuities to domestic staff are left to your discretion).


You may cancel a course booking at any time. After the 14 day cancellation period has expired, the standard ICE course cancellation policy will apply. Please view our refund and cancellation policy for further details.


The Cambridge University Press (CUP) Bursary Fund offers a bursary of 50% of the course fee to applicants who teach in a UK state school or state-funded further education institution, applying to study a day school, weekend course or online course.

Unless otherwise stated, teaching and assessment for ICE courses are in English. Students whose first language is not English should refer to the Competence in the English Language Policy for further guidance.

Printable versions of our brochures are available to download from the Institute Publications page.

Course dates

10 Nov 2019

Course duration

1 Day

Apply by

03 Nov 2019

Course fee


Academic Directors, Course Directors and Tutors are subject to change, when necessary.


Institute of Continuing Education
University of Cambridge
CB23 8AQ
United Kingdom

Qualifications / Credits


Teaching sessions

Meetings: 1

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