Welcome to the program overview page for the Copyediting online training modules. Our offerings are designed to help people with good instincts become good editors, and to help good editors reinforce their skills and fill in the gaps in their knowledge.
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Fundamentals of English grammar and syntax: Learn terminology, principles, and ways to explain principles in author-friendly language. Agreement issues are addressed as they apply to the topic of a given module. For example, pronoun-antecedent agreement is covered in the Pronouns module.
|G1A||English sentence structure|
|G1B||Complex sentence patterns|
|G2V1||The structure of verbs|
|G3V2||The behavior of verbs|
|G4V3A||Verbs and tone: The passive and active voices|
|G4V3B||Verbs and tone: Conditionals and the subjunctive|
|G9||Prepositions and prepositional phrases|
Fundamentals of punctuation and mechanics: Learn terminology, principles, and ways to explain principles in author-friendly language.
|P2||Mechanics and word-level punctuation (capitalization, hyphenation, italics, apostrophes, etc.)|
Fundamentals of copyediting: Gain the core skills necessary to perform a light copyedit to correct indisputable errors and mark formatting, both on hard copy and electronically. Learn publishing terms for the elements of books and periodicals, and how to create a style sheet. Know the protocols for dealing with authors and other editors.
|CF1||The copyeditor's role in the editorial process|
|CF2||Error correction: Hard-copy and electronic markup (Word, Acrobat)|
|CF3U1||Usage 1: Correcting indisputable usage errors|
|CF4||Copyediting and typecoding book manuscripts|
|CF5||Copyediting magazine and journal articles|
|CF6||Copyediting corporate communications (marketing, ads, PR)|
|CF7||Copyediting visual elements: Art, tables, graphs|
|CF8C1||Effective communication 1: Writing author queries|
|CF9||Copyright, trademark, and permissions basics|
Copyediting resources: Understand the differences among the main style manuals, usage guides, and dictionaries. Learn what they can tell you and how to get the most from both print and online versions.
|CR1||Style manuals: Overview of the major style manuals|
|CR2||Usage guides: Overview of the major usage guides|
|CR3||Dictionaries: Overview of the major U.S. dictionaries|
Advanced copyediting: Gain the skills necessary to perform a medium or heavy copyedit. Smooth awkward wording and sentence structure, eliminate wordiness, cut to appropriate length, and rewrite as necessary, without violating the author's voice.
|CA1U2||Usage 2: Correcting more subjective elements|
|CA2C2||Effective communication 2: Dealing with difficult authors|
|CA3||Editorial triage: Making the best choices when time is short|
In-depth with style guides: Learn the specifics of one style in greater depth.
|SG1||The Chicago Manual of Style|
|SG2||Associated Press style|
|SG3||APA style and technical copy|
|SG4||AMA style and medical copy|
|SG5||CSE style and scientific copy|
|SG6||GPO style and technical or governmental copy|
Specialized modules: Learn the issues unique to different types of copy.
|SP1||Editing mathematical copy|
|SP2||Editing legal copy|
|SP5||Editing children's books|
|SP7W1||Editing for the Web 1 (basic)|
|SP8W2||Editing for the Web 2 (advanced)|
|SP9||Editing for an international audience|