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Editing Skills

Course CodeSGW3
Fee CodeSG
Duration (approx)20 hours
QualificationCertificate of Completion

Editing Skills Short Course from ACS Distance Education

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This short course will teach you the primary elements required in good editing, be it in documents, writing works of fiction or non-fiction.  Editing is required in many areas of work, from the production of reports to online content.  You will learn about how and why to edit - from why you may edit content, to using editing to improve the readability and flow of written text.  Editing, however, is not just about looking at written text and the course also covers areas such as communication and how you could look to sell your services.

 


What is covered in this course?

HOW TO WORK THROUGH THIS COURSE

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

 
FINAL ASSESSMENT