This course will lay the groundwork for you to become a top-notch editor. You'll learn about copy editing and substantive editing, and how to edit a piece of writing without losing the author's voice. You’ll cover technical skills, like eliminating jargon and fixing awkward sentences; you’ll also develop your ability to recognize different styles and edit them effectively. This course also encompasses the application of your editing skills in the workplace, from prioritizing editing issues to using online and print resources for editors.
By the end of the course, students will be able to:
- Describe the difference between editing and proofreading;
- Draw on residual knowledge of language and usage to clean up flawed writing;
- Develop the ability to recognize different styles and how to edit them effectively;
- Prioritize editorial issues, especially when working on a deadline;
- Access online and print resources for editors.
George Milite has headed Temple’s Certificate in Editing program since 2004. A professional writer/editor with nearly 40 years of experience, he specializes in nonfiction topics including business, education, biography, and general reference. His clients include major corporations, professional associations, nonprofit groups, and publishers.
He began his career at the American Management Association and later wrote a newsletter for education professionals. An independent since 1989, he has a special interest in the needs of self-employed writers and editors. He has lectured and taught courses for such organizations as the National Writers Union and the Editorial Freelancers Association (EFA), and he is a longtime EFA member and past president. In addition to his teaching at Temple, he was on the adjunct faculty at The New School in New York for more than a decade.
Applies Towards the Following Certificates
- Certificate in Editing and Business Writing : Editing and Business Writing component