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