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Editing Skills Short Course
Editing is a skill which many people use in the course of day to day activities, whether through work or pleasure. Any position which calls for writing as part of the job profile may require an employee to have a minimum standard of editing skills. Editing may be called for by institutions and by organisations large and small. With most businesses having an online presence too, what they make available to the public through web pages needs to be edited.
Whilst most people have a reasonably good understanding of what is needed to check a document for spelling errors and formatting problems, many don’t realise how much is involved in in preparing a document for publication. This short course will help you to refine your editing skills and learn new ones. It is aimed at anyone who partakes in editing in daily work as well as those who are seeking opportunities in editing whether through self-employment or in more stable positions. Learn what is required to make a success of this much-needed role.
LESSON 1: HOW MUCH EDITING?
- Finding a Balance and Setting Priorities
- Why Are You Editing?
- Fiction and Non-Fiction
- Editing Fiction
- Editing Non-fiction
- Personality Traits of Editors
- What do you need to be a good editor?
- Dysfunctional Editors
- Functional Editors
- Editing Traps
LESSON 2: STAGES OF EDITING
- Editing Steps
- Step 1 - Securing the Document
- Step 2 - Be clear about what you need to do
- Step 3 - Plan
- Step 4 - General Editing
- Step 5 - Copy Editing
- Step 6 - Illustrations
- Step 7 - Styling
- Example of a Simple Style Guide
- Step 8 - Proofreading
LESSON 3: TYPES OF EDITING
- What Are Your Editing Criteria?
- Improving Content
- Aim for Originality
- Maintain Interest
- Keep it Current
- Make Sure It’s Complete
- Improving Readability
- Tone and Style
- Spelling and Grammar isn’t Constant!
- Editing a newsletter
- Editing a blog
- Editing a print magazine or newspaper
- Editing a sales catalogue
- Editing a brochure
- Editing a fiction book
- Editing a non fiction text book
- Editing research papers and journal articles
LESSON 4 TOOLS AND LANGUAGE
- Editing and Proofreading Symbols
- Examples of Proofreading Symbols
- Proofreading Tips
- IT Tools
- Find and Replace
- Track Changes
- Editing Images
LESSON 5 INTERPERSONAL SKILLS FOR EDITORS
- Listening and Talking
- Written Communication
- Advanced Written Communication
- How Editors Communicate
- When and Where Editors Work
LESSON 6 FINDING WORK AND SELLING YOURSELF
- Editing Today
- How to Sell Yourself
- Setting Up Your Own Website
- Final Thoughts
- Review what you have been learning
Who is this course for?
This is course is designed for anyone who want to improve their
writing skills; journalists, all sorts of writers, teachers, students
who want to improve their ability to write articles and reports; for
those in the consulting industry; bloggers.
Example Pages from the Study Guide
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Editing Skills Short Course