Editing A (Introduction) Online Course

From: $50.00 Inc GST / week for 16 weeks



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  • Learn to edit any type of writing: books, articles, newsletters, magazines, training courses etc
  • A course for Editors, Writers, Proof Readers, anyone wanting to work in publishing.
  • Start a business, find a job, or improve the skills you bring to your current editing position.

Course Aims:

  • To gain an understanding of the role and scope of editing.
  • Explain the importance of clear, effective writing, throughout all stages of the publishing process.
  • Describe the procedure of manuscript assessment.
  • Describe the procedures used by copy editors.
  • Explain procedures used to prepare copy for printing.
  • Describe the checks and procedures used in the final stages of preparing and printing publications.


There are 8 lessons in this course:

1. Introduction to Editing

    • The role and scope of editing;
    • what does an editor do,
    • tools for editing;
    • editing skills;
    • what makes a good editor,
    • danger signs (mistakes to avoid),
    • the publishing team (the publisher, business manager, production manager, designer, marketing staff),
    • the production process,
    • the production schedule.

2. The Mechanics of Clear Writing

    • Spelling,
    • punctuation,
    • grammar,
    • language,
    • style,
    • tense,
    • language level,
    • common mistakes,
    • style errors,
    • improving clarity and conciseness.

3. Assessing Manuscripts

    • The readers report,
    • reviewing a manuscript (structure, punctuation, accuracy, illustration, other improvements),
    • authors responsibilities,
    • nature of a manuscript,
    • libel, slander, deformation,
    • what an editor should look for.

4. Copy Editing I

    • What the copy editor does;
    • basics of copy editing,
    • the procedure (check manuscript, read, edit text, edit other components);
    • style sheets,
    • house style,
    • introduction to mark up,
    • marking up copy.

5. Copy Editing II

    • Marking up;
    • parts of a publication (preliminary pages, text, end matter);
    • editing non-text material;
    • illustrations

6. Preparing Copy for Printing

    • Type design and page layout;
    • type size,
    • type face,
    • line spacing,
    • line length,
    • justification,
    • indentation,
    • widows and orphans,
    • running heads and feet,
    • folios,
    • headings;
    • proof stages:
    • galley proofs,
    • page proofs

7. Proof Reading

    • Proof readers role,
    • procedure for checking galley proofs,
    • proof reading tips,
    • revised galley proofs,

8. The Final Stages

    • Indexes,
    • preparing an index;
    • blurbs;
    • checking final proofs,
    • bromides,
    • dyelines, etc.



Your Tutor

Liselle Turner Content Writer & Founder of SCRIPTIO | B. Business (Marketing), Dip Hospitality Management, Cert IV TAE
Liselle Turner

Liselle is a content writer and project manager. In addition to her background in advertising, she has worked in the learning and development industry (e.g. TAFE QLD, Mission Australia, Work and Income NZ). She holds a Bachelor of Business, a Diploma of Hospitality and Management, and a Certificate IV in Assessment and Workplace Training.