Efficient Editing: Strategies and Tactics

This virtual learning course, delivered over four live webinars, including opportunities for delegates to learn from both their tutor and their peers, explores best practices which can be applied to editing to ensure professionals are able to produce the best possible publication in the time available to them.

About the course 

To edit efficiently you need strategies and tactics for using existing skills to maximum benefit. This course assumes competence and experience in copyediting and concentrates on planning and carrying out editorial tasks. Its focus is books, but the ideas discussed can be used in editing any and every kind of material. The starting point of the course is the assumption that time and money are always limited. The course aims to help editors to: 

  • reflect on their working methods and determine how to improve them 

  • use their experience and expertise to take control of their work 

  • prepare, plan and carry out their work to an appropriate standard 

  • adapt their approach flexibly to the demands of each job 

  • harness Word to streamline their editing and increase efficiency 

  • systematise and improve their record-keeping 

By the end of the course, you will:  
  • know how to analyse and record the editorial work to be done on a script 

  • know how to plan the edit and tackle it methodically 

  • know how to prioritise the demands of a text and compromise with 'perfection' 

  • know how to use Word to improve the mechanics of your editing 

  • know how to keep work records that will support good editing and feed into future work 

How the course works 

Efficient Editing: Strategies and Tactics is delivered over four live webinars, each lasting for two hours. Delegates are required to attend all webinars and sessions run as follows:  

  • Session 1, Wednesday 9 October 2.00-4.00pm (BST) - reflection on current working methods; analysing a brief; doing the ‘best job possible’ 

  • Session 2, Wednesday 16 October 2.00-4.00pm (BST) - interrogating a brief; features of a text; analysing a project 

  • Session 3, Wednesday 23 October 2.00-4.00pm (BST) - analysis of analysis (!); generic editing; harnessing technology 

  • Session 4, Wednesday 30 October 2.00-4.00pm (GMT) - discussion of final project; reflective discussion of editing practice/Q&A session 

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Places on our virtual learning courses are limited and sell out quickly. If your chosen course is already fully booked, please email [email protected] to be added to the waiting list. 

Please note that we use Zoom for our online courses. Please ensure that you are able to access this system where you are based before booking your place. Please note the CIEP's terms and conditions before booking your place.


Hester Higton

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