AFCC MASTERCLASS: Understanding the Editorial Process

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Learn more about what the editorial process is like, and what it takes to turn a manuscript into a book in this masterclass.

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Find out what it’s like to work with an editor while learning tips for polishing your manuscript in this intensive masterclass by Joanna Cárdenas, Senior Editor at Kokila (Penguin Random House). She’ll share insight on the author-editor relationship, discuss her editorial process, and facilitate a hands-on workshop to look at a project of your choice.

This interactive masterclass allows for one-to-one discussion of each participant’s work. Participants will need to prepare a one-page sample text (e.g. the first page of a novel or a short picture book text) prior to the masterclass.

Please note that your work will be shared with the rest of the other participants as part of the preparatory process for the interactive discussion within this session.

Limited slots are available.

When registering for the masterclass, please ensure that you have

  • the online link (Google Drive/One Drive/Dropbox) to your sample page.

Should you not have it prepared at the point of registration, you may send it to us at programmes@bookcouncil.sg.

Do note that should we not receive the above material prior to the commencement of the masterclass, SBC reserves the right to either cancel or release your ticket reservation.


Joanna Cardenas

Joanna Cárdenas is Senior Editor at Kokila, an imprint of Penguin Random House. She has worked on many award-winning books including The First Rule of Punk by Celia C. Pérez as well as the highly-anticipated Stand Up, Yumi Chung! by Jessica Kim. She is on the steering committee for Latinx in Publishing, a non-profit organization that promotes literature by, for, and about Latino/a/x people. Joanna is also co-founder of the Representation Matters Mentor Program for aspiring editors of colour and was a Publishers Weekly Star Watch Honoree in 2015.

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