Writers Without Editors: How to Edit Your Own Writing (July 2021)

$349.00

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July 5, 2021– July 23, 2021

Writers Without Editors: How to Edit Your Own Writing (July 2021)

Freelancers, writers and independent journalists will gain the skills they need to polish their own prose.

Overview

  • Tune in to live training sessions twice a week for three weeks
  • Learn how to edit your own writing with the former New York Times copy chief, Merrill Perlman
  • Connect with fellow writers through a weekly group text chat, live video sessions and assignment feedback

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Learning Outcomes

You will learn:

  • How to overcome the pitfalls of editing work that you have created
  • How to check your work for clarity, organization and understanding
  • How to find more errors in copy, whether of style, grammar, punctuation or flow
  • How to correct errors more efficiently and effectively

$349.00

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Overview

  • Tune in to live training sessions twice a week for three weeks
  • Learn how to edit your own writing with the former New York Times copy chief, Merrill Perlman
  • Connect with fellow writers through a weekly group text chat, live video sessions and assignment feedback

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In a world where speed is of the essence, there’s less time for the many layers of editing that have traditionally stood between writers and readers. Fortunately, if you write, you have a facility for language that you can use to edit. In this six-session course, you’ll gain the skills you need to polish your own prose.

Week 1

You’ll learn how to break the “chain of expectations” and build the confidence that comes with being able to take a fresh viewpoint. With Merrill Perlman and your classmates, you’ll also concentrate on finding typos, word usage problems, context problems and other “micro” concepts.

Week 2

You will build on the techniques you used in Week 1 to break the chain of expectations. In the live webinar and virtual coaching session, you will learn to compare what you’re reading to what you know — or think you know — and to listen for those speed bumps.

Week 3

In the final webinar and virtual coaching session, you’ll take those concepts and expand them to story structure. You will learn how to read logically through a story, paying attention to flow and organization.

Questions?

If you need assistance, email us at info@poynter.org.

This online group seminar takes place July 5-23, 2021. Each week on Tuesday, there will be live text chats at 11 a.m. Eastern time. Each Thursday there will be live video sessions at 2 p.m. Eastern. Mark your calendars:

July 6: Live text chat at 11 a.m. Eastern time
July 8: Live video session at 2 p.m. Eastern
July 13: Live text chat at 11 a.m. Eastern time
July 15: Live video session at 2 p.m. Eastern
July 20: Live text chat at 11 a.m. Eastern time
July 22 : Live video session at 2 p.m. Eastern

Much like a traditional class, this seminar has readings, assignments, due dates and discussions. No formal evaluations or grades are given, but participants are provided detailed and individual feedback.

Who should enroll

Writers, bloggers, producers and others who want to look critically at their work in a way that avoids typos, errors in logic, flow or organization, or other flaws that lead to miscommunication. This course is perfect for freelancers and independent journalists who don’t have access to traditional editors.

Cost

Tuition for six training sessions with Poynter adjunct faculty member Merrill Perlman is $349.

Instructors

Instructors

  • Merrill Perlman
    Independent writing and editing consultant
    Merrill Perlman is a consultant who works with news organizations, private companies and students, specializing in helping people communicate better through more effective writing and...
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