Certificate in Editing

Improve the Quality of Any Content

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Program Details

  • Location: Online
  • Duration: 7 months
  • Times: Flexible
  • Cost: $2,925

Next start date:

April 8, 2019

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About this Program


The writer and editor Arthur Plotnick famously said, “You write to communicate to the hearts and minds of others what’s burning inside you, and we edit to let the fire show through the smoke.” If you have a passion for making written copy shine, then you’re an editor at heart, and our three-course certificate program can help you channel that passion into a profession.

In this program, we’ll explore key techniques for developmental editing, copy editing, line editing, structural editing, content editing and collaborating with writers. You’ll develop the expertise to transform a rough draft — be it web copy, book-length manuscript or short-form media — into polished work. Whether you want to edit your own writing, work for someone else or launch an editorial business, you’ll gain the skills and confidence you need to make it happen.

DESIGNED FOR

Those interested in becoming a professional editor or advancing in the field.

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Video Overview

A graduate and an instructor from the Certificate in Editing explain how the program delivers the editorial skills and experience that employers look for today.

Duration: 03:29

WHAT YOU’LL LEARN

  • How to edit for different audiences and content types, including academic documents, corporate communications, web publications, fiction and narrative nonfiction
  • Grammatical rules and how to utilize standard and customized style guides
  • Online editing and content management tools and best practices
  • Characteristics of different professional environments and strategies for determining the best fit for you

GET HANDS-ON EXPERIENCE

  • Use Microsoft Word editing tools and PDF reader tools
  • Develop and carry out an editorial project with a working writer 

APPLY FOR A SCHOLARSHIP

You may be eligible to apply for a UWPCE Certificate Scholarship to cover most of the costs of this program. Scholarships are awarded based on financial need and the potential of the program to positively impact your career. See the scholarship page for eligibility information and application instructions.

Program Overview

Complete the courses listed below to earn the certificate. You may be able to take individual courses without enrolling in the certificate program; check the course pages for details.

Learning Format

Online, Group-Paced

Start and finish your program with the same group of students, with frequent opportunities to interact with your instructors and classmates along the way. Courses are 100 percent online, with set due dates for assignments but no class meetings. Learn More »

Program Sessions

Online, Group-Paced

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