Applied Editing & Practicum


Course Details

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

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About this Course

What does it take to go from raw manuscript to finished editorial product? In this course, you’ll practice building an effective relationship with a writer or editor and learn the business of editing from start to finish.

You'll gain the skills needed for developmental, structural, substantive and line editing with a range of media both in print and online. You’ll work through practical examples from a wide range of materials — magazines, news articles, websites, academic journals, short stories, books (novels to general nonfiction) and more. Guest speakers will discuss the editorial and publishing environment and the pressures of working with variable deadlines and a range of writers.

You’ll learn tips for identifying an audience, the writer’s voice and structural problems, as well as reorganizing, revising and researching or writing new content. You’ll also practice communicating with authors, other editors and publication staff, and explore networking strategies for obtaining editing work.

The course includes a Corporate Communications for Editors Workshop, which is required for successful completion.

What You’ll Learn

  • 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

Get Hands-On Experience

You’ll create a real-world editing project, from proposal to final edited piece, and work with a writer to complete it.

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Program Overview

This course is part of the Certificate in Editing.

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