Think Like a Copyeditor: Make Your Submissions Shine

Wednesday, March 2, 2022 @ 2:00 pm - 3:15 pm Eastern

Level All Levels

In this webinar taught by a Chicago Manual of Style editor, learn how to submit professional-looking manuscripts free of stylistic, formatting, or grammatical gaffes, and pick up concrete tips that will help you collaborate confidently and effectively with editors.


Additional Information

Carol Saller isn’t one to wag a finger at split infinitives. Just the opposite! As the author of The Subversive Copy Editor and a confirmed anti-stickler, Saller approaches editing with common sense and a belief that language differences are a boon to creative writing.

We’ll consider how a basic grasp of style and grammar is a foundation for working creatively outside “the rules.” This presentation will provide information and context that will help you prepare professional-looking manuscripts free of formatting gaffes and outdated style and grammar, and  prepare you to collaborate with editors.

In this webinar, you will:

  • LEARN how “thinking like a copy editor” can help you clean up and format your manuscript so it shines for a potential agent or editor.
  • GET OVER apprehension of being copyedited through an understanding of “Chicago style” and why most US trade publishers use it.
  • LEARN 10 hackle-raising blemishes copyeditors eliminate from manuscripts and 5 easy insider tactics for credibly faking Chicago style.

There will be time for a Q & A at the end of the presentation.

This presentation is ideal for writers preparing work for submission to an agent or editor, and who want their manuscripts to look professional and polished.

All registrants receive a recording.

To request closed captioning, please email [email protected].

Course Presenter

Course Registration


Out of stock

Become a Supporting Subscriber today and get up to 10% off your purchase.

Please Note

It is not uncommon for classes to fill up before the end of early registration, particularly in the last few days before the deadline. If you know for certain that you wish to take a particular class, we recommend registering early. If you'd like to be added to a waitlist for a sold-out class, please email our director of education, Sharla Yates, at [email protected].

Hear from our Students

Creative Nonfiction’s online writing classes have helped more than 3,000 writers tell their stories better.

Read Success Stories


I enjoyed reading other peoples work and getting feedback about my own work– the handouts/video links and class lessons were also very informative and relevantly paced to the give structural guidelines.

Catherine O’Neill