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Editing Skills Short Course



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Editing Skills Short Online Course:

Enhance your editing skills and learn how to become a sought after editor with this 20 hours editing skills program. 

Acquire the skills to be efficient at editing content and know what to do at every stage of the editing process. Learn about the different types of editing, the tools and attributes you will need to succeed and the correct language to use.

The course will also teach you the interpersonal skills you will need to employ, when looking for editing work and selling your skills.   

You can also take this course if you are exploring the possibility of entering the editing profession, to cost effectively discover if being an editor is for you.



Lesson 1: How Much Editing?

  • 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
  • Review what you have been learning

Lesson 2: Stages of Editing

  • 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 
  • Review what you have been learning

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 
  • 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 
  • Review what you have been learning 

Lesson 4 Tools and Language

  • Editing and Proofreading Symbols
  • Examples of Proofreading Symbols
  • Proofreading Tips
  • IT Tools
  • Spellcheckers
  • Autocorrect
  • Find and Replace
  • Track Changes
  • Editing Images
  • Plagiarism 
  • Review what you have been learning

Lesson 5: Interpersonal Skills for Editors

  • Communication
  • Listening and Talking
  • Written Communication
  • Advanced Written Communication
  • Structure
  • Style
  • Content
  • How Editors Communicate
  • When and Where Editors Work
  • Review what you have been learning

Lesson 6 Finding Work and Selling Yourself

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



This course is completed entirely online, including lessons, self-assessment tests, plus obtaining your certificate at the end, which is immediately downloadable after successful completion. Please note that there is no tutor support, as it is not required. The assessment breakdown is as follows:

  1. Study lesson 1.
  2. When you are ready, take the self-assessment test. Retake until you reach the required level of learning.
  3. Repeat steps 1 and 2 for the following 5 lessons.
  4. Take the final assessment.
  5. Download your certificate of completion, with your name on it.

Now you are ready to stand out at a job interview, or put your newly acquired knowledge to use straightaway.


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