Certificate in Editing
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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.
WHAT YOU’LL LEARN
- 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
GET HANDS-ON EXPERIENCE
- 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.
BLENDED (CLASSROOM + ONLINE)
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.