Editing A (Introduction) BWR106 Online Course

Editing A (Introduction) Online Course Sale!
Duration 100 hrs (12 months)
Exam Optional
Tutor Support Yes unlimited by email
Qualification Certificate

  • 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.


Detailed Course Outline

Each course is made up of a number of lessons or units.  Each of these has self assessment questions, a set task (practical homework) and an assignment which you can upload online.

Detailed Course Outline...

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.

When you have completed the lessons of your Certificate course, you will be given the option of taking the optional exam. It's okay if you don't want the exam, we still issue your Careerline Certificate. For Advanced Certificates however, the exam is compulsory (per module) and are included in the course fee.

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Course Tutor

Robert N. Stephenson

Robert N. Stephenson is a published author of 5 books and the publisher of 25 books for other authors through his publishing imprint. Over his career thus far he has had over 100 short stories published in 10 countries and a number of languages. For fourteen years he also worked as a literary agent for his own agency where he represented such authors as Tony Shillitoe and Christy Jordan. As a tutor he has worked with over 1500 students in the last 10 years and a number of which have gone on to develop careeers in writing.

Besides wining awards for his own writing he is also the runner up in the 2008 Pride of Australia Medal for his contributions to the development of writing in others. Robert ran Altair Magazine for seven issues before it stopped production b ut during this time he discovered several new writers who have gone on to do great things both in Australia and in the USA. As he says, writing is a journey and a conversation with a reader, may we learn to create together.

How It Works

1. Learn Online

Get access to your course content anywhere, anytime and study at your own pace.

2. Get Help & Support

Connect with other like-minded students and get help from the teacher whenever you have a question.

3. Receive Certificate

Graduate from your course knowing that you have what it takes to reach your next step.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I pay in installments?

Yes! We offer great payment plans, however full payment up front is the cheapest. You can choose the best payment plan for you from the course page, or call us on 07 55368782 to talk to one of our course consultants for a custom plan.

Can I study from anywhere in the world?

We have many international students. Careerline's range of courses are suitable for any one, anywhere in the world.

Do I get a discount if I enroll in a second course?

Yes. You may claim a 5% fee discount when you enroll in a second course, and a further 10% off a three-course package.


Do I have to sit an Exam?

No. If you are enrolled in a Certificate course (100hrs), the exam is optional. You will be issued with a certificate which proves that you are competent in all units, if you choose not to sit the exam.

Do you have set start dates?

There are no set start dates, you may start at any time. Our courses are all self-paced. As our home page says, ‘Courses for Anyone, Anywhere, Anytime’. ‘Anytime’ includes the start time of your choice. However, we do encourage our students to submit assignments on a regular basis. Wherever possible, we suggest developing a study routine.