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Editors turn good work into great work.

The best editors are detail-oriented and love language. They're not nit-picky for the sake of nitpicking -- they're nit-picky because they're focussed on communication and messaging. An editor's role is to work with a writer, to achieve the best version of a piece.

Although it may seem like only editors need editing skills, the clarity, concision, and precision required are useful across many industries. In this course, you'll work with our expert academics to improve your understanding of these core concepts, and take your communications skills to the next level.

Throughout this course, you'll learn about the role of the editor, different types of editing and proofreading, and how to mark a manuscript. You'll also study the publication process from start to finish.

  • Learn a skill that can help your employment or business prospects across a range of industries.
  • Work in publishing as an editor, proof reader or writer.
  • Editing skills bring together the ability to focus with an ability to communicate -- highly valuable life skills in marketing, management and elsewhere.
  • Interact with and be monitored by experienced editors.
  • Course Duration: 100 hours of self paced study.  Start at any time and study to suit you.
  1. Introduction to Editing.  The role and scope of editing, tools for editing, editing skills, the production process, an overview, who does what in publishing?
  2. The Mechanics of Clear Writing.  Spelling, punctuation, grammar, language, style, tense.
  3. Assessing Manuscripts.  Readability, word length, structure, consistencies and inaccuracies, the reader’s report, substantive editing, the author’s responsibilities, the author/editor relationship.
  4. Copy Editing I.  What the copy editor does, the procedure, house style, style sheets.
  5. Copy Editing II.  Marking up, parts of a publication, editing non-text material, illustrations.
  6. Preparing Copy for Printing.  Type design and page layout, proof stages.
  7. Proof Reading.
  8. The Final Stages.  Indexes, blurbs (promotional content summaries), checking final proofs.


  • To gain an understanding of the role and scope of editing.
  • Understand the importance of clear, effective writing throughout all stages of the publishing process.
  • Describe the procedure of manuscript assessment.
  • Describe the procedures used by copy editors.
  • Explain procedures used to prepare copy for printing.
  • Describe the checks and procedures used in the final stages of preparing and printing publications.

The Scope of Editing
When someone writes or illustrates something, they are attempting to communicate with their readers. We naturally think of editing as relating to books, magazines and newspapers, which are the traditional media with which an editor would work. These areas, commonly referred to as “print media”, are still very much part of the work covered by editors, but today the scope is far wider.

Print media is generally “commercial” work; that is, publications that are created for selling. Writing and illustrations are also created for other situations though, beyond the traditional print media, including:

  • Marketing material, such as advertisements, brochures, posters, signs, labels and packaging
  • Newsletters (printed or electronic). Newsletters may be commercial (eg. for promotional purposes, or subscriptions) or non-commercial (eg. a school or club newsletter, or a family Christmas letter)
  • Business letters
  • Contractual documents
  • Web sites
  • Calendars
  • Educational material (course notes)
  • Scripts (plays, videos, radio shows, etc)

Writing and/or illustrations used in any of the above situations can fail in their attempt at communication to a lesser or greater degree, for many reasons, including:

  • Typographical errors
  • Unclear communication
  • Ambiguity
  • Incorrect punctuation
  • Poor grammar
  • Poor spelling
  • Inappropriate use of language.
  • Not writing for the correct “audience”


Balance: pragmatic versus pedantic
Some editors are excessively pedantic. Others are overly pragmatic. In reality, the extent to which a document is edited should be specified by the publisher, clearly, and the good editor will be able to adjust the way they edit according to those specifications.

In today’s world, where economics is a major force, the luxury of perfection is often neither required nor expected by a publisher. A certain amount of error may often be more tolerable than not meeting a deadline or over blowing the budget.

The effective editor needs to take a pragmatic approach and be comfortable with the fact that perfection is not always possible.
Student Testimonial
"It took me a while but in the end it was a very useful course for my work.  I would like to really thank my tutor for all her feedback which improved my proofreading skills."
Premo Jackniacki - Editing 1





Editing is a highly sought after skill. Whether you want to work as a professional editor or need to use editing as part of your current job, this skill can provide you with essential skills. It can help to improve your job prospects and your job performance.

Suitable for beginners and those who want to improve their editing skills.

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Discover the keys to clear, effective messaging with Editing I. In this course, you'll learn about the role of the editor, different types of editing and proofreading, and how to mark a manuscript. You'll also study the publication process from start to finish.


Meet some of our academics

John MasonMr Mason has worked 45+ years in Writing, Education, Horticulture and Recreation. His experience in both public & private sectors is extensive; particularly across Australia and England.
Jade SciasciaBiologist, Business Coordinator, Government Environmental Dept, Secondary School teacher (Biology); Recruitment Consultant, Senior Supervisor in Youth Welfare, Horse Riding Instructor (part-completed) and Boarding Kennel Manager. Jade has a B.Sc.Biol, Dip.Professional Education, Cert IV TESOL, Cert Food Hygiene.
Maggi BrownMaggi is regarded as an expert in organic growing throughout the UK, having worked for two decades as Education Officer at the world renowned Henry Doubleday Research Association. She has been active in education, environmental management and horticulture across the UK for more than three decades. Some of Maggi's qualifications include RHS Cert. Hort. Cert. Ed. Member RHS Life Member Garden Organic (HDRA) .
Tracey Jones (writing)Tracey has enjoyed creative writing since she was a child. She has had several short stories published and a novella. She is also a keen writer of children's stories and poetry. She has also written many academic and non-fiction books in the fields of psychology, sociology, child development, writing and marketing.

Check out our eBooks

How to be a Successful EditorThere are plenty of books that show you the processes involved in editing; but knowing the process is in itself not enough to be a successful editor. This book not only covers aspects of the process; but it also goes beyond the process; showing you things that may help you to become better than the “average” editor.
English GrammarThe English Grammar ebook can be a great reference for students, people who are learning English and anybody who writes anything- ever. The English Grammar ebook takes grammar back to basics to help confirm correct use of grammar. Topics that are covered within this course include 1/ Introduction- the components of language, 2/ Types of words, 3/ Punctuation, 4/ Upper and lower case, abbreviations, numbers, bullet points and 5/ Using words together.
Professional WritingProfessional writing is any writing that you are being paid for. It can include fiction writing, a best-selling book, articles in a magazine, articles in a newspaper, blogs for companies, technical manuals or procedure manuals, copy for catalogues, newsletters, text books and other academic material and so on.
Creative WritingThe Creative Writing ebook can be useful for writing students or even professional writers to help improve their writing techniques and skills. The Creative Writing ebook is a fabulous starting point for budding writers. The topics that are covered within this book are an introduction to creative writing, Methodology and technique- the building blocks of writing, Genres, Creative non-fiction, creative writing techniques, developing your skill, building your career and a Glossary.