Take an Editing Course from the Masters

From the birthplace of Chicago style….

The University of Chicago Graham School of Continuing Liberal and Professional Studies offers individual courses and a certificate program in editing.  Many of the courses meet for a two- or three-day seminar followed by take-home assignments.  Courses include various levels of manuscript editing (often taught by journal editors) and electives like “Editing Electronically: Using Word Processing Tools.”

Proofreading for Grown-Ups

I just read over my last post and discovered an error.  I wrote appreciate when I meant to say appreciative.  Spell check didn’t catch it, of course, and I read right over it.

According to Western Washington University professors Carmen Werder and Karen Hoelscher, what I made was a mistake, a slip-up, not an error, a wrong use resulting from incorrect knowledge.  Mistakes are fairly easy to catch, they argue in “Editing Matters” on InsideHigherEd.com, so read for them first.

Maybe ext next time.

They do offer in this article good advice about proofreading (spotting errors) and editing (fixing them).  I’m a big proponent of giving students a few minutes of direct instruction of proofing to remind them that it’s more than a quick skim.