About this Program
If you’ve ever admired a book for its story structure, a brilliant plot twist or the pace of a personal narrative, a developmental editor likely had a hand in it. Developmental editing, also called substantive editing, is when the editor provides feedback on the big picture of a written work. Developmental editors work closely with writers to help shape their work from the idea stage to publication.
In this one-course specialization, you’ll learn key developmental editing skills. You’ll work on projects you’ll encounter as a developmental editor, including manuscript reviews, book proposals, article pitches and letters to the author. Learn how current technologies such as generative AI enhance the essential work of developmental editors in book publishing, journalism and corporate communications. You’ll also develop the tools you’ll need to run a successful editing business, with a focus on creating a website and learning how to invoice, bid on contracts and manage clients.
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Programs for Writers and Editors Designed For
Writers, editors, publishers, literary agents and others seeking to expand their big-picture or developmental editing skills.
Hear about the UW Specialization in Developmental Editing from instructor Matthew Bennett and discover how the program demystifies the craft by walking students through a full developmental edit.
Play Skills You’ll Gain
Evaluation and consultation strategies
Invoicing best practices
Get Real-World Experience
Complete the developmental editing of a real, unpublished manuscript, beginning with the manuscript consultation, moving through several stages of editing and ending with the submission of the developed manuscript to the writer
Build the necessary business components (resume and website content) to enter the publishing industry as a professional developmental editor
EARN A DIGITAL BADGE
After successfully completing this program, you can claim a digital achievement badge that can be shared on LinkedIn and other social media sites. Learn more about
Growth in demand for content editing skills in the U.S. (2018–2022)
Growth in demand for content editing skills in Washington state (2018–2022)
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