Editing I 100 Hours Certificate Course
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Editing I 100 Hours Certificate Course
Editing I course online. Learn the basics of editing Editors work for publications both in house, and outside, as contractors. A good editor is always in demand; and with the internet, today's editors can often work from virtually anywhere in the world. Alone, this course does not make you into a professional editor, but it can lead to valuable career opportunities when combined with other courses that develop your knowledge and skills in journalism.
Very few people can immediately write a lucid and well-expressed piece of work. In most cases, the final draft is smoothed and polished so that others can readily understand the writer's message. It is the editor's role to improve the quality of the writing, whether it is their own or someone else's work. Learning to edit requires not only skills in language and writing, but also technique.
The course covers: the nature and scope of editing, the role and responsibility of the editor in publishing, working with authors and publishers, the editing process and skills required, copyright and other legal concerns, indexing and referencing, varying the approach according to the kind of book, etc.
Learning Goals: Editing I BWR106
- To gain an understanding of the role and scope of editing.
- Understand 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.
- Reading study materials and additional materials
- Interacting with tutors who themselves are qualified and experienced professionals
- Undertaking a variety of practical tasks
- Answering and submitting assignment questions
Lesson Structure: Editing I BWR106
There are 8 lessons in this course:
1 Introduction to Editing
- The role and scope of editing
- Tools for editing
- Editing skills
- The production process
- An overview; who does what in publishing
2 The Mechanics of Clear Writing
3 Assessing Manuscripts
- Word length
- Consistencies and inaccuracies
- The reader’s report
- Substantive editing
- The author’s responsibilities
- The author/editor relationship
4 Copy Editing I
- What the copy editor does
- The procedure
- House style
- Style sheets
5 Copy Editing II
- Marking up
- Parts of a publication
- Editing non-text material
6 Preparing Copy for Printing
- Type design
- Page layout
- Proof stages
7 Proof Reading
8 The Final Stages
- Checking final proofs
Each lesson culminates in an assignment which is submitted to the school, marked by the school's tutors and returned to you with any relevant suggestions, comments, and if necessary, extra reading.
This course is taught by:
M.A. (hons) Celtic Studies, (the University of Aberdeen); M.St. Celtic Studies, (the University of Oxford)
Lee is a PhD candidate at Cardiff University with degrees from Aberdeen and Oxford. He has written two books, digitalised another and written several academic papers. He has been interviewed by National Geographic and presented papers at eight different national and international conferences. Lee’s native language is English and, if asked, he is always happy to help students with their English spelling and grammar. He is also a keen proponent of the digital revolution and dreams of a world where all books are available instantly to be read, searched or treasured. Although he mainly writes non-fiction, he loves Victorian literature as well as modern fiction and poetry of all kinds. His academic knowledge of medieval events, cultures and the history of Britain’s environment make him especially qualified to help students interested in writing sci-fi and fantasy.
Style Errors - Below are errors in style due to inappropriate or poor choices of language which can lead to boring, imprecise and inaccurate writing. In some situations, they may be relevant and suitable, but they are usually best avoided:
- Cliches and over-used phrases, eg. bed of roses
- Vogue words and trendy expressions, eg. proactive, meaningful dialogue, flavour of the month
- Colloquialisms in formal writing
- Parochialisms in documents intended for a wide audience
- Jargon in documents intended for a general audience
- Euphemisms, eg. pass away, upwardly mobile
- Overstatements, eg. fabulous, incredible, fantastic, amazing
- Archaic words, eg. herewith, thereby, hereinafter
- Sexist terms, eg. man made, nurseryman, waitress
- Tautologies, eg. totally unique, completely empty
- Unnecessary use of foreign words and phrases
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