UNIVERSITY OF CAPE TOWN
Copy-editing online short course
Why this course?
The success of any piece of published writing can be largely enhanced by the work of a great copy-editor. As such, copy-editing has become an especially attractive career for those who have a passion for the written word.
This highly practical 10-week short course introduces you to the field of copy-editing, teaching the overarching principles that can be applied to editorial roles in a variety of contexts, as well as the specifics linked to the book-publishing industry. Regardless of the context or medium through which editing takes place, this course will teach you the essential skills needed to make any text clear, correct, concise, comprehensible and consistent.
Is this course for you?
This copy-editing course is for you if you’re an aspiring copy-editor or writing professional wanting practical skills; you’re in a related profession and want to expand or complement your current skill set; you’re already in the industry and want to formalise your skill set; or if you’re looking to move into a freelance writing job role.
What you will learn
- Orientation module Welcome to your Online Campus
- Module 1 Introduction to editing
- Module 2 Spelling
- Module 3 Punctuation
- Module 4 Grammar and style
- Module 5 Working with authors
- Module 6 Quotes and sources
- Module 7 Structural editing
- Module 8 Editing creative works
- Module 9 Elements of a book
- Module 10 Working as an editor or proofreader
Your success team
Freelance Copy-Editor and Proofreader
Lesley Hay-Whitton has been working as a freelance copy-editor and proofreader for over 20 years. She has extensive experience working for book publishers, magazines and multimedia businesses. The Executive Editor of Carpe Diem Media, Andrew Bergman, describes her best: “She has an innate eye for detail, accuracy and precision which, along with her life-long passion for the English language, makes her an editor who is hard to beat… No-doubt honed by her years of experience in book and magazine publishing.”
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“This course and the skills I acquired will definitely benefit the department and the course was the first step in pursuing a career in copy-editing.”