Editing for Specialists and Professionals (Editing III)

Course CodeBWR307
Fee CodeS3
Duration (approx)100 hours
QualificationStatement of Attainment

Are you a copyeditor looking to upskill? Do you work with documents requiring specialist knowledge or consultants?

Intended for people already skilled in the essentials, Editing for Specialists and Professionals introduces higher level language concepts, such as grammatical approaches, text types, and audience assessment. It also discusses the editor-client relationship and editorial ethics.

The final lessons in this course introduce students to the specifics of educational and academic editing, concerns for the online editor, and best practices for those working with commercial documents.

Lesson Structure

There are 10 lessons in this course:

  1. The Role of an Editor
  2. A Brief Summary of Grammar
  3. Referencing, Style Guides and Indexing
  4. Editorial Ethics and Relevant Legislation
  5. Editor - Client Relationships
  6. Defining Editorial Queries, Presenting Corporate Briefs, Goal Setting
  7. Developmental and Substantive Editing, and Managing Projects
  8. Blog and Online Editorial Management
  9. Specialist Commercial Editing
  10. Specialist Academic Editing

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.

Senior and specialist editors usually combine specific subject knowledge with project management duties. This requires the editor to be comfortable with language in all its forms, from the "basics" learned in school through to the evolution of language as a living thing.

At this level, most editors work with writers throughout the writing process. This is distinct from working after-the-fact, when an author or client brings their existing draft in for copyediting and proofreading.

Most editorial relationships begin with a conversation. Both parties need to feel each other out – they'll be working closely, and there must be a sense of trust. This conversation serves the editor as much as the writer: if the editor can't clearly understand the client's goals, her work will be subpar.

It's important to remember that most clients don't understand this process. They think editing is a one-size-fits-all type of work, like a higher form of spell check.

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  John Mason

Writer, Manager, Teacher and Businessman with over 40 years interenational experience covering Education, Publishing, Leisure Management, Education, and Horticulture. He has extensive experience both as a public servant, and as a small business owner. John is a well respected member of many professional associations, and author of over seventy books and of over two thousand magazine articles.
  Tracey Jones

Widely published author, Psychologist, Manager and Lecturer. Over 10 years working with ACS and 25 years of industry experience. Qualifications include: B.Sc. (Hons) (Psychology), M.Soc.Sc (social work), Dip. SW (social work), PGCE (Education), PGD (Learning Disability Studies).
  Peta Jinnath Abdul

B.Sc., Grad.Dip.Ed., M.Creative Writing