Learn to Edit Poetry in 30 Minutes!
poetry is one of the most difficult writing forms,
and it’s even harder to edit.
THIS COURSE HAS your poetry editing covered 📝🙌🏻
Editing Poetry for Beginners
Whether you’re a writer or an editor, feel confident when editing poetry
✔️ How to edit for clarity
✔️ How to provide suggestions, without changing the poet’s intent
✔️ Choosing grammar and punctuation in subjective environments
✔️ When to rhyme, and when an alternative better serves
✔️ Dealing with irregular poetry structures
✔️ Considerations when editing anthologies
✔️ And more!
✅ Module 1: Introduction
✅ Module 2: Editing Poetry for Writers
✅ Module 3: Editing Poetry for Editors
✅ BONUS Module 4: Recorded Live Editing of a Poem!
✅ BONUS: Editing Poetry Checklist for Writers
✅ BONUS: Editing Poetry Checklist for Editors
I’m often asked
How am I supposed to edit poetry?
Poetry is beautiful, compelling, and highly subjective.
Let me share what I’ve learned as a professional editor,
which you can begin applying to your own work right away!
Poetry Editing Course Praise
“This is a lovely, affordable introductory course! Shelly is a fabulous teacher. They are personable, funny, and very supportive and upbeat. I loved listening to their voice. They are clearly very experienced, and I felt that the information was factual and to a high standard.
I loved their example poems; they made me laugh! The editing checklists will remain in my arsenal because they are so helpful and clear. And certainly it was great to see the real-time editing. I also loved that a video for writers and a video for editors were both included so that each person can see and learn from what the other person is focusing on.
As a fellow poetry editor, it was also helpful to see how another editor approaches poetry editing, so this class is relevant to all. The greatest thing that this course and Shelly showcase is to always be gentle and in service of the poem–both as a writer and as an editor.
This is the foundational advice I would offer, too, and Shelly nailed it! Thanks so much for a fabulous course! Highly recommended to both beginning and seasoned poets and poetry editors–and just for the cost of a couple of coffees!” – Maresa W, editor & poetry author.
“Shelly’s Poetry Editing course has proven so helpful. I’ve been looking at branching into editing poetry, but I wasn’t sure where to start… until I found Shelly. The guidance and advice is perfectly pitched to both writers and editors. Thank you!” – Heather P, Bowland Editorial
Shelly Zev is a Toronto-based bookworm and exclamation mark enthusiast. With experience as a librarian, professional book reviewer, and managing editor of an indie press, Shelly is intimately familiar with the written word.
Shelly earned an Honours Bachelor of Arts with a double major in English and Media studies, graduating with High Distinction from The University of Toronto, one of the world’s top universities. They later earned their Master of Information, specializing in Library and Information Science.
They are a proud member of Editors Canada, and frequent speaker educating on the publication industry and written word. Reach out to Shelly if you need support in editing poetry or other written works. You can learn more about them via their website (www.shellyzev.com).
Questions? I have answers!
How long is the course?
This is meant to be a short course to get you up and running quickly. You can finish the course content in under an hour!
Who is this course meant for?
Anyone who writes poetry, or edits the poetry of other people! While it is focused on beginners, I believe that more advanced folks can also benefit from learning others’ approaches to editing.
Is the course live or on-demand?
It’s pre-recorded and available to you as soon you purchase! While I’m not currently offering a live version, I can conver this in-depth as part of a group talk or class.