Editing Skills for the Workplace

Editing in the workplace requires a combination of editorial expertise, tact, and “big picture” outlook. Every day brings some new challenge, from meeting aggressive deadlines to managing disagreements about the correct placement of a comma.

In this workshop, you’ll acquire the practical skills that you need to edit your colleagues’ work successfully: how to assess the editing needs for a project, how to edit the text effectively, and how to build strong writer–editor collaborations. You'll learn how to correct common problems quickly to increase your productivity. You’ll also learn how to manage your time, your client’s expectations, and your workload.

Editing is a valuable contribution to any project—it can also be extremely satisfying. This workshop will help you build the basic skill set that you'll need to edit effectively in the workplace.

  • Topics
  • Audience
  • Instructor
  • Assessing purpose and audience

  • Organizing information

  • Editing for style, grammar, and consistency

  • Understanding the editorial process

  • Evaluating copyright and liability issues

  • Providing feedback to writers

  • Writers who want to learn the basics of editing
  • Anyone who wants to edit texts more effectively and quickly

Melanie Sexton, Ph.D., is an editor, technical writer, and instructor, with more than 20 years experience teaching University courses and workshops in grammar and writing skills. As technical writer and editor, she has designed on-line help systems for software applications, edited technical documentation suites, written style guides and standards, and managed a variety of writing projects. She also happens to be profoundly deaf and has designed and delivered workshops on deafness and disability issues for both government and private-sector clients. 

“This was one of my favorite U of O classes!”

Select a session

Editing Skills for the Workplace
September 18, 19, 2018
9:00 - 16:00
Editing Skills for the Workplace
March 14, 15, 2019
9:00 - 16:00
Editing Skills for the Workplace
July 15, 16, 2019
8:00 - 15:00

Group Training

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