This self-paced course covers in-depth topics dealing with language issues and authorial style, including:
• Flexibility in editing
• Word choice
• Sentence structures
• Literary devices
• Nominalizations, passive language, wordiness, and other issues
• The author-editor relationship
• Tools and processes
• Breaking into copyediting and gaining experience
This intermediate-level course assumes that you have a basic knowledge of copyediting skills and are interested in honing your skills in querying, preserving author voice and style, and learning more about writing issues you may encounter. You will also learn when to be flexible and break the “rules.”
You will have access to this course for one year, providing ample time to return to it and review the lessons, assignments, and models (examples). It’s a great choice for anyone looking to refresh and strengthen their existing copyediting skills.
Required readings will be from the following texts:
- The Copyeditor’s Handbook, 4th edition, by Amy Einsohn and Marilyn Schwartz (The accompanying The Copyeditor’s Workbook is not required for this course, although it has exercises you may want to do on your own.)
- The Chicago Manual of Style, 17th edition
- The Subversive Copy Editor by Carol Fisher Saller
Instructor Lourdes Venard has more than 30 years of writing and editing experience, including at major newspapers Newsday, the Miami Herald, the Chicago Tribune, and the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. She has worked with educational publishers, food and travel magazines, and individual book authors. In addition, she is an instructor for the University of California, San Diego’s Copyediting Certificate Program.