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Editing course information and testimonials

Editing for professionals is targeted at professionals and those with fewer than five years’ editing experience. Students register online and start learning from day one, when they complete a few “warm-up” exercises on Edmodo, a “social learning platform” website which is marketed as the “Facebook for learning” and is just as easy to use. This is followed by a master class over three days and then two days the following week. Students complete two assignments and after the course they write a three-hour exam from home or work and submit it on-line or via email. Students who pass with 50% achieve an NQF level 7 certificate from the Wits Language School.

The intensive course covers:

  • The role of the editor,
  • The trials of being an editor,
  • Copy editing,
  • Stylistic editing,
  • Smoothing,
  • Structural editing,
  • Levels of editing,
  • The difference between editing and proofreading,
  • House style,
  • How to mark up a text,
  • Working with readability formulae, and
  • Has a strong focus on plain English.

The course comprises scores of exercises such as where students work in pairs, alone and in groups. Although students work hard they also have fun. Particular points of grammar raised by individuals in the group are also covered.

Rabiya Matera – Cambridge International School English teacher. Course instructor evaluation: 10 out of 10. “Fiona made the editing jargon easy to understand and made editing exciting!” 

2013 participant: Course instructor evaluation: 10 out of 10. “I was very impressed. The course was really well organised and well presented. Fiona really knows about editing and is hands on.”

2014 participant: Course instructor evaluation: 10 out of 10. “The most useful aspect was the practical exercises and ‘making every word count.’”

2014 participant: Course instructor evaluation: 9 out of 10. “The facilitator’s experience, notes, editing exercises, techniques taught and discussions about useful literature were all fantastic.”   

Nadia Pandit – professional editor: “Thank you for presenting such a wonderful course and for all your guidance and support. I can honestly say I’ve never enjoyed formal education so much! The recommended literature has also been great to read – I had no idea that there was such a wide range of literature on this subject.”