Editing 101

Editing 101: The Fundamentals of Copyediting

Editorial Inspirations offers an opportunity to bring copyediting to you, your group, or your office!

Editorial Inspirations provides this specialized class designed for those who are in the editing industry (or who want to become freelance editors). This hands-on, interactive, one-day class will provide detailed information about the field, editing skills, and the business and IT requirements necessary to succeed. Understanding and using the material presented in this course will add personal value by improving your skills, showing you how to run your own editing business like a professional, and strengthening the quality of your résumé.

Participants will be invited to join the Editorial Inspirations LinkedIn group where they can discuss the course material or the publishing industry, find out about publishing-related jobs, and more.

For more information on how you can schedule this class and tailor it to meet your needs, please contact April Michelle Davis.

Listen to the class introduction or to an excerpt from the class.

Course binder of in-class material and an additional section of reference materials that are useful in everyday situations to increase your spectrum and allow you to provide exceptional support to your clients. (View the table of contents.)
Hands-on worksheets to complete in class, stimulate discussions, and take back to the office to share with your associates.

After-Hours Networking & Dinner
A networking dinner can be held for participants to share their industry experiences and discuss how they will use the skills they learned in Editing 101. This opportunity also allows the participants to have a bite to eat and socialize in a casual dining atmosphere at a restaurant near the class location.

Course Overview
A pretest covering editing and grammar will be emailed upon registration. Participants are asked to bring the completed test to the class. The participants will be asked to share their answers as we come to the related topics.

Course Topics
• Rules of an editor
• AP, Chicago, and house styles
• Hard-copy vs. electronic editing
• Editing vs. proofreading
• The art of spelling and spell check
• Parts of speech and sentence structure
• Punctuation marks and capitalization
• Business basics
• Handling taxes
• Marketing

IT Support
An IT specialist can be on-hand for questions. You may request an appointment time with the specialist to review your specific scenario and your computer. Four 15-minute sessions will be offered during lunch and right after class.

For all post-tests completed and submitted, April Michelle Davis will offer additional feedback for these participants and provide recommendations on LinkedIn.
April Michelle Davis will review the first 10 pages of an editing job and give you feedback (valid for one year from the course date).


I felt it was time for a refresher, and it was worth every penny. Sometimes it helps for us to refresh our skills, even when we think we’re experts. I learned a lot.
Cheryl Landes, Technical Writer/Editor and Indexer

As a former English teacher just beginning his editing/critiquing business, I thought I knew it all, or at least remembered most of it. Editing 101 not only re-enforced what I remember and reminded me of what I had forgotten, but also taught me much as well. I look forward to taking your Editing 102 workshop.
L. Boyd Lucas

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