Editing is a skill which many people use in the course of day to day activities, whether through work or pleasure. Any position which calls for writing as part of the job profile may require an employee to have a minimum standard of editing skills. Editing may be called for by institutions and by organisations large and small. With most businesses having an online presence too, what they make available to the public through web pages needs to be edited.
Whilst most people have a reasonably good understanding of what is needed to check a document for spelling errors and formatting problems, many don’t realise how much is involved in in preparing a document for publication. This short course will help you to refine your editing skills and learn new ones. It is aimed at anyone who partakes in editing in daily work as well as those who are seeking opportunities in editing whether through self-employment or in more stable positions. Learn what is required to make a success of this much-needed role.
How does it work?
At the end of each lesson, you will be given a short interactive test to undertake, which will provide an indication of how your learning is progressing. Upon completing the very last lesson, you will be offered a more thorough automated test or examination. This final assessment can be undertaken at any time of day or night; and any day of the week; and if you achieve an overall pass (60% or more); you will be able to obtain a “certificate of completion” with your name and completion date on it.
Note: these short courses are self-guided online courses and are not to be confused with our tutor-supported online courses.
There are 6 Lessons in this course:
1. HOW MUCH EDITING?
- 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
2. STAGES OF EDITING
- 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
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
- Tone and Style
- 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
4. TOOLS AND LANGUAGE
- Editing and Proofreading Symbols
- Examples of Proofreading Symbols
- Proofreading Tips
- IT Tools
- Find and Replace
- Track Changes
- Editing Images
5. INTERPERSONAL SKILLS FOR EDITORS
- Listening and Talking
- Written Communication
- Advanced Written Communication
- How Editors Communicate
- When and Where Editors Work
6. FINDING WORK AND SELLING YOURSELF
- Editing Today
- How to Sell Yourself
- Setting Up Your Own Website
- Final Thoughts
- Review what you have been learning
Your TutorLiselle Turner Content Writer & Founder of SCRIPTIO | B. Business (Marketing), Dip Hospitality Management, Cert IV TAE
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.