Courses in the Editing certificate program are designed to prepare students to enter the publishing industry and to help current editing professionals build skills and knowledge for career advancement.
New in 2019: The Editing certificate is introducing its first specialization track in Developmental Editing. This specialization track is composed of two sequential courses, offered twice a year. Click on the course titles to learn more:
Classes are offered in two formats: online or in-person. Students may take all courses online or enroll in a combination of online and in-person courses.
Editing Electronically is a required course for students enrolled in the Editing Certificate. This course teaches students how to use Microsoft Word to make the editing process more efficient. Students will learn how to use common tools, such as redlining, more effectively.
This course gives participants a working knowledge of The Chicago Manual of Style, the most comprehensive and widely used style guide.
Students will deploy the skills they learned in Basic Manuscript Editing in longer and more complex editing assignments. In addition, students will be introduced to working with style sheets and formulating author queries. The class will also address the challenges inherent in ensuring consistency in a changing manuscript.
Even high performing professionals sometimes pause over the rules and structure of grammar. Grammar for Professionals is an ideal course for the busy working professional who has forgotten the grammar taught in school or wants to revisit and freshen up on specific topics. The course will cover:
Acquisition editors must acquire, develop, and publish new books as well as revisions of current titles. They must also collaborate with a variety of people inside and outside the publishing company in addition to regularly traveling to conferences and universities to commission new authors and support sales and marketing staffs.
While manuscript editors serve to enhance texts that have already been accepted for publication, the developmental editor can help mold an author’s approach to a work before a publisher’s review board decides whether to publish it.
Mastery of book manuscript editing requires a thorough knowledge of style and editorial judgment. What are the demands of the reader? How does an editor choose one style over another?
This course takes a deeper dive into how developmental editing for fiction manuscripts differs from that of nonfiction manuscripts; it is not a course for beginners.
Copyright for Publishing Professionals provides a thorough and practical overview of copyright, focusing on the needs of professionals in editorial roles.
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