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Taking Another Look At Editing as Tutoring February 14, 2012

When I first signed up for my literary editing course, I didn’t really think it would have much in common with my tutoring job.  I mean, we’re taught from the beginning to be non-invasive tutors, and definitely not editors.  We don’t want to risk usurping the writer’s voice or helping them too much.  However, it’s inevitable that in talking about what makes good writing, you learn a thing or two about tutoring.  It turns out that editing is deeply entrenched in the writer/reader relationship, just as tutoring is.  That relationship is a great jumping-off point for considering how the two disciplines are related, and what we can learn from editors to become better tutors. (more…)