UW Professional & Continuing Education

Certificate in Editing

Available dates

On demand
USD 2985
Jan 7—Aug 18, 2020
32 daysModules info
Seattle, Washington, United States
USD 2985
USD 93 per day
Apr 6—Nov 28, 2020
Modules info
USD 2985


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About the course

Improve the Quality of Any Content

The writer and editor Arthur Plotnick famously said, “You write to communicate to the hearts and minds of others what’s burning inside you, and we edit to let the fire show through the smoke.” If you have a passion for making written copy shine, then you’re an editor at heart, and our three-course certificate program can help you channel that passion into a profession.

In this program, we’ll explore key techniques for developmental editing, copy editing, line editing, structural editing, content editing and collaborating with writers. You’ll develop the expertise to transform a rough draft — be it web copy, book-length manuscript or short-form media — into polished work. Whether you want to edit your own writing, work for someone else or launch an editorial business, you’ll gain the skills and confidence you need to make it happen.


  • How to edit for different audiences and content types, including academic documents, corporate communications, web publications, fiction and narrative nonfiction
  • Grammatical rules and how to utilize standard and customized style guides
  • Online editing and content management tools and best practices
  • Characteristics of different professional environments and strategies for determining the best fit for you


  • Use Microsoft Word editing tools and PDF reader tools
  • Develop and carry out an editorial project with a working writer



Enjoy the flexibility of learning at your own pace, with instructor support along the way. Courses are 100 percent online, with no class meetings or fixed deadlines — so you can start anytime. You have up to four months to complete each course and up to two years to complete the program.


Start and finish your program with the same group of students, with frequent opportunities to interact with your instructors and classmates along the way. Courses are 100 percent online, with set due dates for assignments but no class meetings.


Attend classes part time at one of our convenient locations in the Puget Sound region. You’ll engage face to face with your classmates and instructors as part of a highly interactive curriculum.


Enjoy a blend of in-person classes and online study. You’ll learn with the same group of students throughout the program, getting ample opportunity to connect with each other and your instructors

Who should attend

Those interested in becoming a professional editor or advancing in the field.

Trust the experts

Ingrid Emerick

Ingrid Emerick has been in book publishing for nearly 20 years. She began her career at Seal Press (now an imprint of Perseus) and during her 12 years there held a range of positions, including publicity director, marketing and sales director, rights director, senior editor, editorial director an...


Kris Fulsaas

Kris Fulsaas is a freelance editor of nonfiction whose work ranges from copyediting to developmental editing to project management of award-winning photoessay books. Her clientele includes Countryman Press, University of Washington Press, Sasquatch Books, The Mountaineers Books, Seattle Homes &am...


Mary-Colleen Jenkins

nnovative educator with 20+ years experience teaching writing and communication courses at the college and professional level with a specific focus in technical and research writing. Skilled in content development, curriculum development, and in helping students and clients bridge the space betwe...


Daven Rosener

Daven Rosener helps companies and nonprofit organizations sharpen their messages and communication effectiveness through his company GreenMegaphone. An expert in communication strategy, design and execution, he helps organizations articulate and share what is likely their most important asset: t...


Andi Tosch

Andi Tosch is an independent technical writer and editor more than 10 years of experience crafting and editing corporate communication and technical documentation. She began her career in communications as a policy analyst and program manager at Microsoft. In 2013, Tosch completed the University...


Christy Karras

Christy Karras specializes in editing book-length manuscripts, especially historical and genre fiction. She does a fair amount of copy editing and some proofreading, but her forte is line editing, where she can really get her editing hands dirty as she cleans up other people's sentences. As the...


Leslie Miller

One of an uncommon breed to have earned her MAMBA (an M.A. in English in addition to an MBA), Leslie Miller now focuses on strategy and operations at book production firm Girl Friday Productions, LLC (GFP). Before cofounding the company in 2006, she worked as an executive editor in traditional pu...


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