Editing III (Editing for Specialists & Professionals)

Editing III (Editing for Specialists & Professionals)

Course Code BWR307
Qualification Short Course
Payment Options Upfront & Payment Plans
Delivery Online & Correspondence
Duration 100

This course is intended for professionals who would like to improve their techniques & skills


This course is intended for professionals who would like to improve their techniques & skills.
This course introduces higher level language concepts such as grammatical approaches,text types & audience assessment. It is ideal for those who are already skilled in the essentials of editing & would like to advance their career.

Course aims:
• Understand the role of an editor, the scope of an editor’s work, ethics & legislation
• Learn about approaches to grammar & the use of language
• Learn about style guides, notation & referencing
• Learn about the editor/client relationship & working with multiple authors
• Understand the requirements for editing in different medial – online, commercial, academic etc.

Lesson Structure

There are 10 lessons in this course:

  1. The Role of an Editor
    • Introduction
    • The Role of the Editor
    • Language Skills and Application
    • Text Types
    • Voice, Tone, and Style
    • How to Work Within Voice, Style, and Tone
    • Language Use
    • Register
    • Project Management and Application
    • General Skills
    • Editors-in-Charge
    • Editorial Teams
    • Managing Teams
    • Staff Training and Development
    • Specialisms in Editing
    • Substantive or Developmental Editors
    • More on the Editorial Board
  2. A Brief Summary of Grammar
    • Introduction
    • The Purpose of Grammar
    • Approaches to Grammar
    • Prescriptive Grammar
    • Descriptive Grammar
    • Punctuation and Clarity
    • Word Choices
    • Selecting a More Specific Word or Term
    • Jargon
    • Grammar Basics: Refresh your Learning
    • Spelling
    • Punctuation
    • Grammar
    • Common Mistakes
    • Style Errors
    • Style Sheets
  3. Referencing, Style Guides and Indexing
    • Introduction
    • Style Guides
    • The Difference Between a Style Guide and a Style Sheet
    • Purpose of a Style Guide
    • Examples of Common Style Guides and Their Uses
    • Judgement Calls
    • Dictionaries
    • The Oxford Comma
    • Referencing
    • Bibliographies and Works Cited
    • Appendices
    • In-Text Citations vs. Notes
    • Repeat Citations
    • Footnotes and Endnotes
    • Direct vs. Indirect Use
    • Quotation Styles
    • Multiple Authors
    • Sources
    • Common Reference Styles
    • Referencing Changes
    • Margin Notes
    • Cross-References
    • Glossary
    • Other Inclusions in a Text
  4. Editorial Ethics and Relevant Legislation
    • Introduction
    • Editorial Ethics
    • Conflicts of Interest
    • Defining the Client
    • Scope of Work
    • Contract
    • Editing or Re-Writing
    • Intellectual Property and Examination Work
    • When to Step Back
    • Relevant Legislation
    • Defining the Editor's Role
    • Copyright
    • Cultural Sensitivity
    • Defamation
    • Libel and Slander
    • False Light
    • Moral Rights
    • Privacy and Confidentiality
    • Permissions and Rights for Reproduction
    • Controversial Subjects
  5. Editor – Client Relationships
    • Introduction
    • Professional vs. Personal
    • Project Definition
    • Appraisal and Suitability
    • The Responsibility of the Author in the Relationship
    • Working With Multiple Authors
    • Being Aware of the Creative Process
    • Working With Authors
    • Writing Enough or Too Much - Project Managing the Author
  6. Defining Editorial Queries, Presenting Corporate Briefs, Goal Setting
    • Editorial Queries
    • How to Write an Editorial Query
    • Corporate Briefs
    • Pitch Decks
    • Ad Copy
  7. Developmental and Substantive Editing, and Managing Projects
    • Introduction
    • Ghost Writing
    • Discretion
    • Constructive Criticism
    • Structure
  8. Blog and Online Editorial Management
    • Introduction
    • Online Considerations
    • Language Considerations
    • The Importance of Layout
    • Visual Style
    • Indexing and Subject Hierarchy
    • Evergreen Editing
    • Developmental Editing
    • Video Production
    • Multiple Platforms
    • Understanding Engagement
    • Fast Editing and Meeting Deadlines
  9. Specialist Commercial Editing
    • Introduction
    • Corporate Communications Editing
    • Corporate Storytelling
    • Problem Based Learning Project (PBL) - Corporate Editing Project
  10. Specialist Academic Editing
    • Introduction
    • Identify and Know the Work
    • Scope
    • Extent of Work and Restrictions
    • The Author's Role
    • Publication
    • Version Control
    • Order of Work
    • Style Conventions
    • Language
    • Text Elements, including Grammar and Spelling
    • Layout
    • Non-Text Elements
    • Types of Research
    • Plagiarism and Self-Plagiarism
    • Intellectual Property and Ethics.Evaluating the Whole Work
    • Expression and Clarity
    • Don't be a Co-Author
    • Defining Roles
    • Is it Expressed Well
    • Is it Clear - Drawing it Together

Each lesson culminates in an assignment which is submitted to the school, marked by the school's tutors and returned to you with any relevant suggestions, comments, and if necessary, extra reading.

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