Take your editing to the next level and become a valuable writing coach with this four-week online group seminar.
This in-depth editing seminar is for experienced editors who are seeking to move their work to a new level. You’ll hone your skills and edit strategically, going beyond editing for style, grammar and punctuation.
When you’re done, you will have expertise in substantive editing and know how to use critical thinking skills across multiple platforms and disciplines. You’ll also get coaching and feedback from the experts at the ACES: The Society for Editing.
Members of ACES get a $50 discount when they enroll. Contact ACES for your coupon code.
Course learning outcomes
- Improve content organization and structure
- Edit for different audiences, disciplines and platforms
- Apply critical thinking skills to evaluate content
- Coach and collaborate with writers
- Use all forms of display type across multiple platforms
- Use templates and create style sheets in editing
Who should take this course
- Editors who want to expand their skills and acquire the ability to edit in a variety of disciplines and platforms
- Communications professionals or writers who want to become better self-editors or develop expertise in editing
- Editors seeking to augment their skills or acquire a credential
Merrill Perlman is a consultant who works with news organizations, private companies and journalism organizations, specializing in helping people better edit and communicate. She spent 25 years at The New York Times in jobs ranging from copy editor to director of copy desks, in charge of all 150-plus copy editors at The Times. (Both titles are, sadly, extinct at the Times.) She is an adjunct assistant professor at the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism and writes the Language Corner column for the Columbia Journalism Review. Merrill is a member of the executive committee of ACES: The Society for Editing and of its Education Fund. She has received the Missouri Honor Medal from the Unversity of Missouri, the Glamann Award from ACES, and the Charles R. O’Malley Award for Excellence in teaching from the Columbia Scholastic Press Association. She was a reporter for four years before becoming an editor.
Nick Jungman is director of student media at the University of Oklahoma and treasurer of ACES: The Society for Editing. He has taught editing at OU, the University of Missouri and Wichita State University. He worked for 13 years in a variety of editing and digital roles — including copy desk chief and deputy editor for interactive — at The Wichita Eagle daily newspaper in Kansas.
About online group seminars
In an online group seminar, you will gather with other participants in a virtual space, logging in from anywhere, day or night, over the course of several weeks. A faculty member guides the group through new material, moderates discussions and provides individual feedback.
The content of this course unfolds over several weeks. There are few scheduled live meeting times. Except for several live discussions, you’ll be able to learn on a schedule that works for you. The minimum time commitment each week is three to four hours.