Editorial Project Management (e-learning)

Editorial Project Management is aimed at experienced editorial and other publishing professionals who are looking to widen the scope of the work they undertake. The course equips delegates with the skills and knowledge required to manage a project successfully.

About the course

Editorial Project Management explains what project management is, without using jargon. It aims to equip delegates with the understanding and skills to manage a project successfully. Throughout the course, you will work on two (fictitious) projects. This course is ideal for you if:

  • you are an experienced editorial professional looking to widen the scope of your work
  • you are a freelance editor who’s confident about managing other aspects of the publishing process
  • you are a publishing professional employed in a publishing company.

Project managers, production coordinators, project editors or anyone else with project responsibility would also benefit from taking the Editorial Project Management course.

What the course will teach you

This course equips you with all the skills you need to manage an editorial project through to completion and uses two fictitious projects to guide you.

By the time you’ve completed this training, you’ll understand:

  • the roles and responsibilities of a project manager
  • how to recognise and transfer your existing skills to the management of an editorial project
  • what additional skills you need for the role of project manager
  • how to schedule, budget and manage a project
  • how to interpret a brief
  • how to communicate effectively as an editorial project manager.

Course content

Unit 1: Preliminaries

  • What is project management?

  • Jargon buster

  • Introduction to the case studies

Unit 2: Becoming a project manager

  • Who are you?

  • Where does the work come from?

  • Who will you be working with?

Unit 3: What is a project?

  • Goals and objectives

  • Planning and control

  • Workflows: print and digital

Unit 4: Scheduling

  • Building a schedule

  • Managing a schedule

Unit 5: Briefing

  • Understanding the client’s brief

  • Briefing your team

Unit 6: Budgeting

  • Who sets the budget?

  • Types of budget

  • Managing the budget

Unit 7: Management and communication

  • Selecting the right people

  • Reporting and feedback

Unit 8: Being an editorial project manager

  • Communication

  • The day-to-day nitty-gritty

  • Building up and using the experience

  • What could go right?

What skills and tools do you need?

This course follows British English spelling, grammar and punctuation conventions in the main. You’ll also need:

  • extensive experience of editorial work
  • fluency in English
  • familiarity with the functions of word processing programs – this course assumes use of MS Word (Office 365).


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Prices, timescales and upgrade points

  • Member: £170 + VAT
  • Non-member: £280 + VAT
  • Access to course: 6 months
  • Approximate study time to complete: 30–35 hours
  • CIEP upgrade points: 5


Key course features

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Extra help

Additional tutor support is available on our self-assessed courses for a small fee.

Self-assessed exercises

Hone your skills with self-assessed exercises and quizzes, and mark your own work against model answers.


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