ACES In-Depth Editing Online Group Seminar


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ACES In-Depth Editing Online Group Seminar

This four-week online group seminar is for experienced editors who are seeking to move their work to a new level. You’ll hone your skills and edit beyond style, grammar and punctuation. ACES members receive a $50 discount.

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Teaching dates

May 31 – June 28

Live video sessions

Live, interactive video sessions take place every Monday in June for one hour.

Monday, June 3 at 4 p.m. Eastern time
Monday, June 10 at 4 p.m. Eastern time
Monday, June 17 at 4 p.m. Eastern time
Monday, June 24 at 4 p.m. Eastern time

If you’re unable to attend a live session, there will be a recording available.

Program details

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.

You will learn how to:

  • 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

Merrill Perlman is a consultant who works with news organizations, private companies and journalism organizations, specializing in editing and the English language. 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. 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 recipient of the Glamann Award from the American Copy Editors Society. She was a reporter for four years before becoming an editor.

Sue Burzynski Bullard

Sue Burzynski Bullard is on the ACES: The Society for Editing executive committee. She teaches editing, reporting, ethics and multimedia classes at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Before joining academia, Sue held a variety of editing positions at The Detroit News, including a three-year stint as managing editor. In 2014, she was named the Society of Professional Journalists’ Educator of the Year. She’s won numerous other journalism education awards. The second edition of her textbook, “Everybody’s an Editor: Navigating Journalism’s Changing Landscape,” was published in 2014.

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.

Time estimate

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.


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