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Editing Curriculum

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. The goals of the Editing program are that every learner will effectively:

  • Describe and manage the publishing process and the role and responsibility of the copy editor
  • Use the Chicago Manual of Style as an editing tool
  • Develop strategies for approaching an editing or proofing project

Classes are available both online and in-person at the Gleacher Center in downtown Chicago.

Editing Program Structure

  • Four required courses and one elective
  • Class sizes are small, ranging from 10-20 students per course
  • Students can complete the certificate in as little as three quarters
  • Tuition for each course ranges between $975 and $1,125

Editing courses

Online and In-Person Class Formats

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.

Online In-Person
4 to 6 weeks course length Courses are offered in a convenient 3-day seminar format at the University of Chicago Gleacher Center in downtown Chicago
Weekly live class sessions, offered weekday evenings or Saturday mornings Seminar schedule is Thursday-Saturday from 9:00am-4:30pm
Between the weekly synchronous sessions, participants complete required readings, assignments, and self-study activities  
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Courses

Editing Basic Manuscript Editing
04/3/2017 to 05/20/2017

EDIT 17100 | Basic Manuscript Editing

This course gives participants a working knowledge of The Chicago Manual of Style, the most comprehensive and widely used style guide. The course covers the role and ethics of a copy editor, the editorial process, strategies for editing and using the CMOS, and  CMOS topics such as spelling, punctuation, usage, numbers, foreign titles, tables and graphs, documentation, and more.

Basic Manuscript Editing is a required course for students enrolled in the Editing Certificate. Experienced copy editors may bypass the Basic Manuscript Editing class with permission of the program manager.

Synchronous sessions will take place on April 15, 22, 29 May 6, 13, 20 from 9:30-10:30am.

Note: Students in the online class will be reading two chapters a week from The Chicago Manual of Style, 16th ed. Students may purchase the hardcover edition or use the electronic version available through the University of Chicago library.

Prerequisite(s):
none
Instructor:
Mary Gawlik

Mary Gawlik

Mary Gawlik

has been a freelance editor for over 16 years, editing scholarly texts and textbooks, memoirs, reports, journal articles, magazines, and much more. She is expert in The Chicago Manual of Style, APA style, AP style,  and also skilled in AMA and MLA styles. She is a graduate of the publishing program at the University of Virginia.

Course Code: EDIT 17100
Section: 17S7
Location: Online
Dates:
Apr 03 to May 20
Tuition: $975.00
Days/Times:



Online Registration Close Date:
March 24, 2017
Online registration closes at 11:59 PM the day before the posted close date.

Editing Advanced Manuscript Editing
04/3/2017 to 05/4/2017

EDIT 17300 | Advanced Manuscript Editing

Mastery of book manuscript editing requires keen editorial judgment and a thorough knowledge of house style. What are the demands of the reader? How does an editor honor the author's voice and maintain editorial authority at the same time? This five-week online course will engage students in a discussion of the decisions an experienced editor will make in preparing a book-length manuscript for publication, including assessing the organization of information, author-editor relations, and sending files to design.

Advanced Manuscript Editing is a required class for students enrolled in the Editing Certificate Program.

Students must complete both Basic Manuscript Editing and Intermediate Manuscript Editing before enrolling in this class or have permission from the program manager. Students in this course are also expected to be comfortable working in Word using the Track Changes function.

Synchronous sessions will take place on Apri 13, 20, 27, and May 4 from 7–8:30 PM.

Note: Students in the online section will read The Subversive Copy Editor in week 1 and should have the hardcover edition of The Chicago Manual of Style, 16th edition or be ready to use the electronic version available through the University of Chicago library.

Prerequisite(s):

Basic Manuscript Editing and Intermediate Manuscript Editing

Instructor:
Ruth Goring

Ruth Goring

Ruth Goring

 is a senior manuscript editor at the University of Chicago Press. She has taught in the Editing Certificate program since 2011 and has also led workshops for editors at Groupon, the Professional Editors' Network (Twin Cities), PubU, and elsewhere. Ruth's own publications include the poetry collections Yellow Doors and Soap Is Political; her picture book Adriana's Angels will be available in both English and Spanish in September 2017.

Course Code: EDIT 17300
Section: 17S7
Location: Online
Dates:
Apr 03 to May 04
Tuition: $1,125.00
Days/Times:



Online Registration Close Date:
March 8, 2017
Online registration closes at 11:59 PM the day before the posted close date.

Editing Basic Manuscript Editing
04/6/2017 to 04/8/2017

EDIT 11100 | Basic Manuscript Editing

This course gives participants a working knowledge of The Chicago Manual of Style, the most comprehensive and widely used style guide. The course covers the role and ethics of a copy editor, the editorial process, strategies for editing and using the CMOS, and  CMOS topics such as spelling, punctuation, usage, numbers, foreign titles, tables and graphs, documentation, and more.

Basic Manuscript Editing is a required course for students enrolled in the Editing Certificate. Experienced copy editors may bypass the Basic Manuscript Editing class with permission of the program manager.     

Prerequisite(s):
none
Instructor:
Susan Allan

Susan Allan

Susan Allan

is the managing editor of the American Journal of Sociology, published by the University of Chicago Press. Allan received the 2007 Graham School Excellence in Teaching Award.

Course Code: EDIT 11100
Section: 17S1
Location: Gleacher Center
Dates:
Apr 06 to Apr 08
Tuition: $975.00
Days/Times: Thu
9:00 AM–4:30 PM
Fri
Sat

Unlimited slots available

Online Registration Close Date:
March 28, 2017
Online registration closes at 11:59 PM the day before the posted close date.

Editing Intermediate Manuscript Editing
04/13/2017 to 04/15/2017

EDIT 11200 | Intermediate Manuscript Editing

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.

Intermediate Manuscript Editing is a required course for students enrolled in the Editing Certificate.

Students will need the 16th edition of The Chicago Manual of Style for class.

Prerequisite(s):

Basic Manuscript Editing

Instructor:
Siobhan Drummond

Siobhan Drummond

Siobhan Drummond

is an editorial and production consultant. She has previously been managing editor at Chiron Publications and Triumph Books as well as production manager at the University of Chicago Press and Northwestern University Press. She holds degrees in music theory from the University of Illinois.

Course Code: EDIT 11200
Section: 17S1
Location: Gleacher Center
Dates:
Apr 13 to Apr 15
Tuition: $975.00
Days/Times: Thu
9:00 AM–4:30 PM
Fri
9:00 AM–4:30 PM
Sat
9:00 AM–4:30 PM

Unlimited slots available

Online Registration Close Date:
April 3, 2017
Online registration closes at 11:59 PM the day before the posted close date.

Editing, Medical Writing and Editing Freelancing for Medical Writers and Editors
04/24/2017 to 05/27/2017

MEWE 27900 | Freelancing for Medical Writers and Editors

This course is designed for those interested in starting a career as freelance medical writers and editors. It covers the foundations of how to envision, implement, and begin to expand a sustainable full-time or part-time freelancing business. Students will have an opportunity to discuss a broad range of freelance and medical communication topics, including the level of writing and editing expertise necessary to consider freelance work, the experience and skills clients seek, client relations, basic freelance business management, and how to discover an appropriate freelance business niche. Students will also gain insight into writing their own business plans, setting yearly and quarterly freelance goals, marketing their services, developing a professional network before and after launching a business, continuing their professional education, forging strong colleague and client relationships, and managing schedules and work space to align with the freelance business goals.

Note: Members of select professional associations are eligible for tuition discounts. Please check our webpage for more information.

Synchronous sessions:  May, 6, 13, 20, 27 from 10am-11am CT. 

Prerequisite(s):
none
Instructor:
Genevieve Long

Genevieve Long

Genevieve Long, PhD,

is a freelance medical writer and editor specializing in patient education, plain language, health literacy and marketing communications. She began her medical writing career as a manuscript editor at Oregon Health & Science University in Portland, Ore. Dr. Long has been active in the American Medical Writers Association since 2002 and is past president of AMWA-Northwest. She holds a PhD in English from the University of Oregon.

Course Code: MEWE 27900
Section: 17S7
Location: Online
Dates:
Apr 24 to May 27
Tuition: $1,400.00
Days/Times:



Unlimited slots available

Online Registration Close Date:
April 14, 2017
Online registration closes at 11:59 PM the day before the posted close date.

Editing Editing Electronically
04/27/2017 to 04/29/2017

EDIT 11400 | Editing Electronically

This course does not teach how to edit but rather how tools in Microsoft Word can make the editing process more efficient. Students will use advanced features of Track Changes, prepare electronic files for author review, and finalize files for production with Word styles and tagging. Hands-on activities include creating macros, running wildcard searches, and using custom dictionaries to enhance efficiency and improve accuracy. Students will also learn how to overcome formatting snags and technological challenges that arise when editing electronically.

This is not a class on how to use computers. Students are expected to have a working knowledge of PCs, the Windows operating system, and Microsoft Word 2007 or later.

PCs are furnished for the in-class course.

Editing Electronically is a required course for students enrolled in the Editing Certificate.

Prerequisite(s):

Basic Manuscript Editing, Intermediate Manuscript Editing

Instructor:
Leslie Keros

Leslie Keros

Leslie Keros

is a freelance editor. She has previously worked at the American Bar Association, University of Chicago Press, and Little, Brown and Company.

Course Code: EDIT 11400
Section: 17S1
Location: Gleacher Center
Dates:
Apr 27 to Apr 29
Tuition: $1,125.00
Days/Times: Thu
9:00 AM–4:30 PM
Fri
9:00 AM–4:30 PM
Sat
9:00 AM–4:30 PM

Unlimited slots available

Online Registration Close Date:
April 17, 2017
Online registration closes at 11:59 PM the day before the posted close date.

Editing Intermediate Manuscript Editing
05/1/2017 to 06/4/2017

EDIT 17200 | Intermediate Manuscript Editing

Students will take the skills and information they learned in the Basic Manuscript Editing course and apply them to more complex editing assignments of greater length. In addition, students will learn to prepare project style sheets, shape author queries, and ensure consistency in a changing manuscript.

Intermediate Manuscript Editing is a required course for students enrolled in the Editing Certificate.

Synchronous sessions will take place on May 11, 18, 25, and June 1 from 7:30-9pm.

Notes:

Students will need the 16th edition of The Chicago Manual of Style and Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary, 11th edition.

Online class will have an additional textbook: Amy Einsohn, The Copy Editor’s Handbook, 3rd edition.

Prerequisite(s):

Basic Manuscript Editing

Instructor:
Siobhan Drummond

Siobhan Drummond

Siobhan Drummond

is an editorial and production consultant. She has previously been managing editor at Chiron Publications and Triumph Books as well as production manager at the University of Chicago Press and Northwestern University Press. She holds degrees in music theory from the University of Illinois.

Course Code: EDIT 17200
Section: 17S7
Location: Online
Dates:
May 01 to Jun 04
Tuition: $975.00
Days/Times:



Unlimited slots available

Online Registration Close Date:
April 20, 2017
Online registration closes at 11:59 PM the day before the posted close date.

Editing Editing Electronically
05/1/2017 to 06/3/2017

EDIT 17400 | Editing Electronically

This course does not teach how to edit but rather how tools in Microsoft Word can make the editing process more efficient. Students will use advanced features of Track Changes, prepare electronic files for author review, and finalize files for production with Word styles and tagging. Hands-on activities include creating macros, running wildcard searches, and using custom dictionaries to enhance efficiency and improve accuracy. Students will also learn how to overcome formatting snags and technological challenges that arise when editing electronically.

This is not a class on how to use computers. Students are expected to have a working knowledge of PCs, the Windows operating system, and Microsoft Word 2007 or later.

PCs are furnished for the in-class course. For the online course, we strongly recommend using PCs; students using Apple computers will need to notify program staff in advance.

Editing Electronically is a required course for students enrolled in the Editing Certificate.

Synchronous Sessions: May 13, 20, 27, and June 3 from 10-11am.

Prerequisite(s):

Basic Manuscript Editing and Intermediate Manuscript Editing

Instructor:
Leslie Keros

Leslie Keros

Leslie Keros

is a freelance editor. She has previously worked at the American Bar Association, University of Chicago Press, and Little, Brown and Company.

Course Code: EDIT 17400
Section: 17S7
Location: Online
Dates:
May 01 to Jun 03
Tuition: $1,125.00
Days/Times:



Unlimited slots available

Online Registration Close Date:
April 20, 2017
Online registration closes at 11:59 PM the day before the posted close date.

Editing Essentials of Grammar for Professionals
05/25/2017 to 05/27/2017

EDIT 21400 | Essentials of Grammar for Professionals

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: Overall grammar, consistency, and style rules Punctuation Verbs and verb tenses Adjectives and adverbs Dangling modifiers, verb agreement, and qualifiers Editing your own work Clear and strong business writing: resumes, cover letters, and emails.

This course is open to the public and students in the Editing Certificate may take this course as an elective.

Prerequisite(s):
none
Instructor:
Patrick Casey

Patrick Casey

Patrick Casey, JD, MA,

has taught college composition and grammar for 17 years in addition to having worked as an editor for the Chicago-Kent Law Review and Pearson Publishing. Patrick is also a practicing attorney who advises small business owners and individuals on licensing, employment, compliance issues and general legal needs.

Course Code: EDIT 21400
Section: 17S1
Location: Gleacher Center
Dates:
May 25 to May 27
Tuition: $975.00
Days/Times: Thu
9:00 AM–4:30 PM
Fri
9:00 AM–4:30 PM
Sat
9:00 AM–4:30 PM

Unlimited slots available

Online Registration Close Date:
May 15, 2017
Online registration closes at 11:59 PM the day before the posted close date.

Editing Introduction to Acquisition Editing
06/2/2017 to 06/3/2017

EDIT 21100 | Introduction to Acquisition Editing

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.

This course will focus on acquisition editing at a scholarly publishing company but will touch on the acquisition process at commercial publishing companies as well as the role of literary agents.

Students who do not intend to pursue acquisition editing professional will still benefit from this course by learning the function of acquisition as it pertains to the entire publishing process and how other departments interact with the acquisition team.

Students in the Editing Certificate may take this course as an elective.

Prerequisite(s):
none
Instructor:
Christie Henry

Christie Henry

Christie Henry

is the Editorial Director of Sciences and Social Sciences at the University of Chicago Press. Prior to joining the University of Chicago Press, she was in the editorial department at the Chicago Tribune. She holds a BA from Dartmouth College.

Course Code: EDIT 21100
Section: 17S1
Location: Gleacher Center
Dates:
Jun 02 to Jun 03
Tuition: $975.00
Days/Times: Fri
9:00 AM–4:30 PM
Sat
9:00 AM–4:30 PM


Unlimited slots available

Online Registration Close Date:
May 22, 2017
Online registration closes at 11:59 PM the day before the posted close date.

Editing Copyright for Publishing Professionals
06/5/2017 to 07/8/2017

EDIT 27500 | Copyright for Publishing Professionals

Copyright for Publishing Professionals provides a thorough and practical overview of copyright, focusing on the needs of professionals in editorial roles. Topics will include the nature of copyright protection, what goes into a license agreement, developing trends in copyright and licensing, and differences between the United States and international markets. Participants will gain a solid understanding of how copyright forms the foundation of publishing in the traditional environment and in the new world of e-book publishing.

This class may be taken as an elective in the Editing Certificate.

Synchronous Sessions: June 17, 24, and July 1 from 10-11:30am. No sync. session on July 1st.

Prerequisite(s):
none
Instructor:
Skott Klebe

Skott Klebe

Skott Klebe

has worked in copyright and licensing technology for 15 years and is currently employed by Copyright Education at Copyright Clearance Center where he is tasked with copyright education. Skott speaks regularly at publishing events on topics including copyright, technology, and disruption in the eBook marketplace. He has led the development of some of the largest licensing systems in the world and is the architect of RightsLink, CCC’s point-of-content licensing system.

Course Code: EDIT 27500
Section: 17U7
Location: Online
Dates:
Jun 05 to Jul 08
Tuition: $975.00
Days/Times:



Unlimited slots available

Online Registration Close Date:
May 25, 2017
Online registration closes at 11:59 PM the day before the posted close date.

Editing Basic Manuscript Editing
06/8/2017 to 06/10/2017

EDIT 11100 | Basic Manuscript Editing

This course gives participants a working knowledge of The Chicago Manual of Style, the most comprehensive and widely used style guide. The course covers many aspects of what it means to be a copy editor, covering the editorial process and addressing CMOS topics such as spelling, punctuation, usage, foreign titles, tables and graphs, and more.

This course is required for completion of the Editing Certificate. Students who have at least 12 months of copyediting experience in a supervised office environment and a thorough working knowledge of the 16th edition of CMOS may bypass the Basic Manuscript Editing class with permission of the program manager.

Students will need the 16th edition of The Chicago Manual of Style for class.

Prerequisite(s):
none
Instructor:
Susan Karani

Susan Karani

Susan Karani

is a manuscript editor at the University of Chicago Press, where she has worked since 2008. In addition to her work at the press, she regularly freelances as a developmental editor, translation editor, and foreign-language proofreader; her client list comprises Brill, various publications at Columbia University, and Harvard University Press, including the Loeb and Murty Classical Libraries. Susan holds a BA and an MA from the University of Chicago, and an MA from Columbia University.

Course Code: EDIT 11100
Section: 17U1
Location: Gleacher Center
Dates:
Jun 08 to Jun 10
Tuition: $975.00
Days/Times: Thu
9:00 AM–4:30 PM
Fri
9:00 AM–4:30 PM
Sat
9:00 AM–4:30 PM

Unlimited slots available

Online Registration Close Date:
June 2, 2017
Online registration closes at 11:59 PM the day before the posted close date.

Editing Introduction to Developmental Editing
06/22/2017 to 06/24/2017

EDIT 21300 | Introduction to Developmental Editing

Developmental editing can mean different things in different contexts. Development of scholarly manuscripts, development of literary works in progress, and development of book ideas in a trade house are all different kinds of manuscript development. The crucial task in editing any kind of text is the relationship the editor develops with his or her author. We will discuss how editors can help authors strengthen their authorial voice and while also bringing shape and clarity to the overall manuscript. In class, students will work individually and collaboratively to assess, present, and discuss editorial strategies for different kinds of manuscripts.

Note: Students should read the introduction and chapters 4 and 5 from Developmental Editing: A Handbook for Freelancers, Authors, and Publishers, by Scott Norton (and bring the book to class). This class has extensive pre-course work in addition to the above referenced reading. It is recommended students register at least 3 weeks in advance for this course.

Prerequisite(s):

Basic Manuscript Editing or permission of the program manager

Instructor:
Mara Naselli

Mara Naselli

Mara Naselli

is a writer and a former senior manuscript editor from the University of Chicago Press. She has been teaching in the Editing Certificate since 2006 and holds an MA in political science and an MFA in writing and literature. Her essays have appeared in Agni, The Kenyon Review, The Los Angeles Review of Books, The Hudson Review, and elsewhere. She is also a recipient of the 2014 Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers Award.

Course Code: EDIT 21300
Section: 17U1
Location: Gleacher Center
Dates:
Jun 22 to Jun 24
Tuition: $975.00
Days/Times: Thu
9:00 AM–4:30 PM
Fri
9:00 AM–4:30 PM
Sat
9:00 AM–4:30 PM

Unlimited slots available

Online Registration Close Date:
June 12, 2017
Online registration closes at 11:59 PM the day before the posted close date.

Editing Intermediate Manuscript Editing
07/6/2017 to 07/8/2017

EDIT 11200 | Intermediate Manuscript Editing

Students will take the skills and information they learned in the Basic Manuscript Editing course and apply them to more complex editing assignments of greater length. In addition, students will learn to prepare project style sheets, shape author queries, and ensure consistency in a changing manuscript.

Intermediate Manuscript Editing is a required course for students enrolled in the Editing Certificate.

Students will need the 16th edition of The Chicago Manual of Style and Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary, 11th edition.

Prerequisite(s):
none
Instructor:
Susan Allan

Susan Allan

Susan Allan

is the managing editor of the American Journal of Sociology, published by the University of Chicago Press. Allan received the 2007 Graham School Excellence in Teaching Award.

Course Code: EDIT 11200
Section: 17U1
Location: Gleacher Center
Dates:
Jul 06 to Jul 08
Tuition: $975.00
Days/Times: Thu
9:00 AM–4:30 PM
Fri
9:00 AM–4:30 PM
Sat
9:00 AM–4:30 PM

Unlimited slots available

Online Registration Close Date:
June 26, 2017
Online registration closes at 11:59 PM the day before the posted close date.

Editing Essentials of Grammar for Professionals
07/13/2017 to 07/15/2017

EDIT 21400 | Essentials of Grammar for Professionals

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: Overall grammar, consistency, and style rules Punctuation Verbs and verb tenses Adjectives and adverbs Dangling modifiers, verb agreement, and qualifiers Editing your own work Clear and strong business writing: resumes, cover letters, and emails.

This course is open to the public and students in the Editing Certificate may take this course as an elective.

Prerequisite(s):
none
Instructor:
Patrick Casey

Patrick Casey

Patrick Casey, JD, MA,

has taught college composition and grammar for 17 years in addition to having worked as an editor for the Chicago-Kent Law Review and Pearson Publishing. Patrick is also a practicing attorney who advises small business owners and individuals on licensing, employment, compliance issues and general legal needs.

Course Code: EDIT 21400
Section: 17U1
Location: Gleacher Center
Dates:
Jul 13 to Jul 15
Tuition: $975.00
Days/Times: Thu
9:00 AM–4:30 PM
Fri
9:00 AM–4:30 PM
Sat
9:00 AM–4:30 PM

Unlimited slots available

Online Registration Close Date:
July 3, 2017
Online registration closes at 11:59 PM the day before the posted close date.

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