Certificate in Editing

UW Professional & Continuing Education

How long?

  • 8 months
  • online
  • on demand

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UW Professional & Continuing Education


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Who should attend

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

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.

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

Learning Formats

Online, self-paced

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.

Online, group-paced

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


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...

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...

Matthew Bennett

Matthew Bennett is an educator, writer, editor and researcher. With a B.A. in creative writing, an M.A. in comparative literature and a Ph.D. in English literature, Dr. Bennett’s education is grounded in the humanities, colonial linguistics and language philosophy. Having lived in Ecuador, Argent...

Ginger Everhart

Ginger Everhart is a copywriter and copyeditor on the Product Copy team for Nordstrom, as well as a freelance writer and editor. Her work experience includes careers in professional theater, finance, hospital administration, social science research and K-12 education programming. Everhart also h...

David Hirning

David Hirning has nearly three decades of experience as a professional writer and editor. He started his career as a journalist at a weekly newspaper in Los Angeles, before moving back to his native Seattle. He spent 13 years as a content writer and editor at Microsoft, including more than a deca...

Cody Pherigo

Cody Pherigo is a queer writing animal from Kalamazoo, MI. He first studied writing at Bent Writing Institute in 2008 and later interned at Copper Canyon Press, which got him interested in publishing and editing. Pherigo has taught creative writing classes since 2012 at various writing centers in...

Hanna Richards

Hanna Richards is a freelance copy editor who works with both private and corporate clients. One of her long-term clients is a marketing firm where she edits B2B and B2C marketing material. When it comes to marketing, Hanna specializes in content related to cloud computing and financial services....

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