Applied Editing & Practicum

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Course Details

This course can only be taken as part of the Certificate in Editing.

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About this Course


This course is designed for students interested in developing the skills needed to do developmental, structural, substantive, and line editing of a range of media that publish in print and online, including magazines, news, academic journals, short stories and books (novels to general nonfiction). Guest speakers discuss the editorial and publishing environment and the pressures of working with variable deadlines and a wide range of writers.

The course provides practical, comprehensive, real-world editing experience. You will tackle a class editing project, which could include content such as magazines, news, websites, business communications, short story or book excerpt. Working with the instructor, who serves as project manager and mentor, you will practice building an effective relationship with a writer and/or editing professional and learn the business of editing by utilizing best practices, from proposal to final edited manuscript.

The course presents various editorial problems and solutions, and students develop their skills by working through practical examples from a wide range of materials. You will complete in-class exercises and receive feedback from peers and the instructor. The course also covers identifying audience, the writer’s voice and structural problems, as well as reorganizing, revising and researching or writing new content. Students will gain practice in techniques for communicating with authors, other editors and publication staff. You will also explore networking strategies for obtaining editing work.

Topics include:

  • Story structures from expository to narrative fiction and nonfiction
  • Best practices in file management, transparent editing and workflow
  • Issues of audience, tone, word choice and jargon
  • Opportunities in e-books and self-publishing 
  • Career-building tools and skills

Program Overview

This course is part of the Certificate in Editing.