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Editing Skills - Short Course

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Self paced 20-hour course to help you refine your editing skills and learn new ones 

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 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. 

Our 20 hour courses are self paced and will help you understand a topic in a short amount of time. You can work through the course when you like- test yourself with mini-tests along the way. There are extra case studies or research you can undertake if you would really like to get into the topic. Once you have completed the lessons and self assessment tasks, there is a final exam undertaken online- you can then download your personalised certificate. 


Course Content - What do you learn?

  • Introduction
  • 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


  • Introduction
  • 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
  • Step-By-Step 


  • What Are Your Editing Criteria?
  • Improving Content
  • Aim for Originality
  • Maintain Interest
  • Keep it Current
  • Make Sure It’s Complete
  • Improving Readability
  • Clarity
  • Accuracy
  • Tone and Style
  • Impact
  • Grammar
  • Spelling
  • Consistency
  • 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
  • Conclusion 


  • Editing and Proofreading Symbols
  • Examples of Proofreading Symbols
  • Proofreading Tips
  • IT Tools
  • Spellcheckers
  • Autocorrect
  • Find and Replace
  • Track Changes
  • Editing Images
  • Plagiarism


  • Communication
  • Listening and Talking
  • Written Communication
  • Advanced Written Communication
  • Structure
  • Style
  • Content
  • How Editors Communicate
  • When and Where Editors Work


  • Editing Today
  • How to Sell Yourself
  • Freelancing
  • Setting Up Your Own Website
  • Resources
  • Final Thoughts
  • Review what you have been learning




How does this course work?

You can enrol at any time.

Once you have paid for the course, you will be able to start straight away.

Study when and where you like. Work through at your own pace.

You can download your study-guide to your smart phone, tablet or laptop to read offline.

There are automated self-assessment tests you can complete at the end of each lesson. You can attempt these as many times as you wish and each time, upon completion, you can see your results. You will need internet access to complete the self assessment tests.

At the end of the course, you are presented with a large assessment which can be attempted online, anywhere, anytime. If you achieve a 60% pass in the exam; you immediately receive a downloadable certificate of completion with your name on it. If you do not achieve a 60% pass rate, you can contact us to re-sit your exam. 

Contact us at anytime if you have any issues with the course. [email protected]


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; those in the consulting industry; bloggers.


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