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Editing Practice

Course CodeBWR305
Fee CodeS3
Duration (approx)100 hours
QualificationStatement of Attainment

 

This Course Brings the Theory and Practice of Editing and Proofreading Together

 
"I found the course to be extremely helpful. It has given me the confidence and skills to present my work to publishers."
- Comment from a student (Dilys)
 
This course takes you through the processes of editing for a specific publication, submitting work for publication, and meeting the requirements of an editor and publisher.  

 

  1. Working to Specifications
  2. Editing Articles for Online Publications
  3. Submitting Articles for Online Publications
  4. Preparing and submitting Layout for publication

Under the guidance of a mentor (a writing/editing tutor), you will learn to edit according to specific criteria, deal with a publisher, and communicate effectively with others involved in the publishing process.

 

This module gives you hands-on experience in copy editing an online publication. You will work with a tutor (member of our academic staff) who will oversee your role as copy editor for an online publication.

Why is this such a valuable experience?

It is difficult to get a start in the publishing industry. Publishers are usually swamped by people seeking employment, and applicants may not even be considered unless they have already worked in the publishing field. This means that many qualified graduates never even get the opportunity to show what they can do!

This module gives our students just what they need – experience of copy editing. The module gives you that opportunity to work on a real-life publication. With something to show publishers, you have a much better chance of gaining employment in this field. On graduation, you will have a body of work that shows your experience in copy editing for online publications.

Gain hands-on experience as an editor in a student publishing team! In this module, you will develop essential practical knowledge and skills that you will need in your career as editor or publisher. Under the guidance of a mentor (a member of our academic staff), you will plan, design, write, and publish a magazine, journal, or other publication. Think how that will look on your resumé!

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Feedback from one of our students in this course (Kathleen Box)
 

I took the course because I needed to learn to edit electronically. My previous editing course dealt almost exclusively with manual editing. What I wasn't prepared for was that a good deal of emphasis was placed on writing as much as editing. I found this very valuable, given that I actually prefer to write, but I also think you need to be able to edit as well.

I'm sixty-one and have done quite a few courses over the years, but I've never struck a tutor quite like Karin before. Karin continually challenged me and I rose to it every time. I had to repeat some of my work, but I did so willingly. What makes her so unusual is her positive attitude. I don't feel that she actually criticized me, but always made constructive suggestions aimed at improving my work, which is why I never minded repeating it. I am also grateful for the way she helped me to sell my writing for the first time. All my published work up to when I sold my first article last year was unpaid work. Her suggestions have also helped me to understand that there are many different types of writing and I would like to do a course in advanced freelance writing



Meet some of our academics

Adriana Fraser Businesswoman, writer, teacher, consultant, horticulturist and sustainable living expert for more than 30 years. Adriana has worked with ACS for over 30 years. She has contributed to dozens of books(including Australia's national Grass Roots Magazine) since the early 1980's and continues to be actively involved as a contributor to Home Grown magazine and other publications. Adriana has a Cert.Child Care., Adv.Cert.App.Mgt., Cert in Assessment and Training., Cert.Hort., Adv.Dip.Hort.
Gavin ColeGavin has over 20 years of industry experience in Psychology, Landscaping, Publishing, Writing and Education. Former operations manager for highly reputable Landscape firm, The Chelsea Gardener, before starting his own firm. Gavin has a B.Sc., Psych.Cert., M. Psych. Cert.Garden Design, MACA.
John Mason John Mason is one of Australia's most prolific writers. He saw his first work published when at secondary school, where he worked on the school magazine. In 1973 he was writing a weekly column for his local newspaper and by 1975 he was a regular contributor to Australia's national magazine "Your Garden". John was engaged by Victoria's Dept of Youth, Sport and Recreation to write a book on Fun and Fitness Trails in 1978. In 1981 he saw two more books published (one in America, another in Australia), and commenced writing regularly for the Self Sufficiency Magazine, Grass Roots. John is a long term member of the Australian Society of Authors, the Garden Media Guild (UK) and the Horticultural Media Association (Australia). He has written or contributed to over 100 books, many published by international publishers and published more than 2,000 articles across a range of genres (Gardening, Education, Business, Farming, Fitness). In addition, John has contributed to and overseen the development of more than 600 distance education courses which encompass around 20 million words. He has been an avid photographer for 40 years, building a collection of over 100,000 images, which are used to illustrate his work. His marine animal photos are even used by Legoland in England, on their Atlantis ride! Writer, Manager, Teacher and Businessman with over 40 years interenational experience covering Education, Publishing, Leisure Management, Education, and Horticulture. He has extensive experience both as a public servant, and as a small business owner. John is a well respected member of many professional associations, and author of over seventy books and of over two thousand magazine articles.