Copyediting: Advanced (Online, Feb. 21-Mar. 14)


Online (Sakai)

February 21, 2018

Registration is closed for this class


The advanced copyediting course is intended for the experienced editor who wants to review and strengthen basic skills, and build on them to move toward working with more difficult and dense manuscripts, whether in fiction or nonfiction. Despite our limited time, we will look at both fiction and nonfiction works, keeping in mind that this is advanced copyediting, and should not be confused with developmental editing, or indeed any other type of editing. This is the first time I will do the course with The Chicago Manual of Style (17 ed.), and it will be exciting to explore the new edition. We will also go over documentation, particularly as this section has been changed significantly in the new edition.

Required Texts

The Chicago Manual of Style. (17th ed.) 2017 and also available at

Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary (11th ed.). 2004 copyright or later. Also available at


Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of English Usage (DEU)        

Sin and Syntax. (2nd ed.) Constance Hale. New York: Three Rivers Press, 2013.

The Copyeditor’s Handbook. (3rd ed.) Amy Einsohn University of California Press, 2011

Woe Is I (3rd ed.) Patricia T. O’Conner. Riverhead Trade, 2010. O’Conner also has a lively grammar blog, at

Barbara Magalnick is a seasoned editor and published writer with over thirty years of experience working with books, articles, abstracts, pamphlets, slide kits, websites, and blogs. Her books include Social MediaSafe ConductEnglish Reader, English by Television, and material for websites and blogs. She has taught English literature, language, and English as a second language. She is currently teaching online in the certificate program for editors at Berkeley.

A Note About the EFA's Online Courses

Our online courses are conducted through Sakai, a learning management system (LMS). You never need to be at your computer at any specific hour. More information about how these asynchronous classes are conducted is available here.

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