Editing Classes


Find the right Editing Training Class for you!

Whether you are a proofreader, copyeditor, or substantive editor, we have the right class for you. We can help you take your editing skills to the next level. If you need a simple review course to brush up on your skills or intensive training to get up to speed, The Business University can help you accomplish your goals. We teach the latest writing and editing skills and techniques. Our instructors are all experts in the fields they teach and are always bringing real-world examples into our classrooms.


Which editing training class best suits you?

Advanced Copyediting

This course will help you develop and enhance both knowledge and skills in the editing and production process. It is a state-of-the-art review for practicing editors.

Comprehensive Proofreading

Murphy’s Law of publishing contends that if your copy is going to contain a typo, it’ll appear in the headline. Don’t let this happen to you! Save yourself from embarrassment by refining your eagle eyes.

Magazine Editing — Introduction

This class is for new and aspiring editors who need a crash course in the basics of magazine content development and design, for designers who seek insight into the editorial considerations that drive reader-centric layout decisions, and for anyone charged with moving an organization’s newsletter or journal to a magazine. You will be introduced to the basic concepts of creative editorial collaboration with writers, designers, production specialists, content reviewers, and the leaders and experts in your field.

Magazine Editing — Advanced

You know a lot about the working parts of a magazine, but you have a nagging sense that you’re ready for something new: an editorial repositioning, a redesign, or both — or at least some serious tweaking. We will survey some of the best magazines, and analyze what sets them apart and what they’re doing to bring valuable service to their readers.

Editorial Skills for Non-Editors

If you’re paid to find mistakes, this is the course for you. The word “editor” may not appear in your job title, but you have to edit documents that you review, transcribe, or write. Learn to refine your proofreading and editing techniques in this intensive class.

Electronic Editing

Still reach for that red pencil as your editing tool of choice? Don’t let the digital revolution leave you behind. In this course, you will learn the electronic editing skills that will enable you to fully access the text-editing power of Microsoft Word.

Improving Editing Skills

As an editor, you probably have common mistakes that you zealously guard against. But do you worry that you are letting other errors slip by? If so, this editing refresher course can help. In discussions and exercises, we will examine the problems that editors struggle with most, including lists, active and passive voice, convoluted sentence construction, noun strings, and more.

Intensive Introduction to Copyediting

You care about details such as subject-verb disagreement and the placement of commas. Now people depend on you to tweak their prose to perfection. This course will help you meet that challenge. You will be introduced to basic editorial marks, as well as the GPO and Chicago manuals, and will practice editing with both short and long exercises.

Managing the Document Review Cycle

You have edited and formatted a document in Microsoft Word. Now you need multiple reviewers to comment on it without altering its layout, changing its styles, or moving its text boxes. You need Adobe Acrobat. By making a PDF file of the document, you can send it out to multiple reviewers. Reviewers need only the Adobe Reader to comment, mark up, and suggest changes to the document. They e-mail their comments back to you, where you have a full range of organizational tools to help you evaluate, sort, and accept or reject their comments. You can resolve conflicts easily and keep a record of all the suggested changes. Then you can decide whether to enter the final changes into your Word document directly, one by one, or by exporting the Acrobat text back into Word.

Scientific Editing

Technical information does not have to be communicated in complicated ways. It is possible to distill complex ideas into engaging, understandable copy. This course prepares you to edit scientific material with confidence, even if you are not a specialist in the author’s field.

Style Summit

How can you keep up with changes in style, usage, and grammar when most of the answers are not in any dictionary or major style guide? If the people in your organization make different calls, your publications and Web site will lack the consistency that your professional image requires. This class will help you simplify the editorial process by addressing issues such as nouns used as verbs (“E-mail me”), e-jargon and acronyms, and informal usages that seem to break the rules (like vs. such as; more than vs. over).

Substantive Editing I

The author might have sweated blood over the copy, but the document in front of you still needs work. Sound familiar? This course will teach you how to edit for clarity and meaning, how to sharpen your ability to spot factual errors and redundancy, and how to outline and organize unfocused materials without abandoning the author’s voice.

Substantive Editing II

Once a manuscript has been assessed and accepted for publication, the real work begins. This course takes up where Substantive Editing I leaves off: completing the substantive revision of the entire document.