Untangling the Weeds: Strategies for Substantive Editing

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Thursday, January 25, 2018 at 2:00pm Eastern Time Enroll Now
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Course Overview

Title:
Untangling the Weeds: Strategies for Substantive Editing
Type:
Webinar
Cost:
$29.95
Time Estimate:
1 hour

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Copy editing can be tough. And it can feel impossible when you're editing material that's illogical, disorganized and poorly written. Correcting that kind of copy goes beyond fixing broken grammar rules. And nothing you can look up in a style guide or dictionary will help. This course will teach an approach for untangling convoluted copy. We'll also discuss common problems in rough copy and how to fix them.

What Will I Learn:

You'll learn a five-step method for fixing funky copy:

  • Decide whether the piece needs key tweaks or a complete rewrite
  • Discover the meaning hidden in the piece
  • Conduct independent research and author interviews to flesh out the meaning
  • Use mindmapping to determine how the piece should be organized
  • Rework the piece using the "highlighter method"
Who Should Take this Course:

Editors who struggle with cleaning up convoluted copy, whether in print or online will find help here. This course is for anyone who wants to help create clear, well-organized content.

Course Instructor:

Sam Enslen

Samantha Enslen runs Dragonfly Editorial. She has more than 20 years of experience editing marketing material of all sorts, and she's edited for ad agencies, web developers, universities, corporate communications departments, and more. Sam is on the executive board of the American Copy Editors Society, and she is the managing editor of ACES' quarterly journal, Tracking Changes.

Training Partner:

ACES: The Society for Editing

ACES: The Society for Editing is a nonprofit education and membership organization working toward the advancement of copy editors. Its aim is to provide solutions to editing problems, training and a place to discuss common issues.

The organization is an international members’ alliance of editors working at newspapers, magazines, websites, traditional media outlets and Fortune 500 companies, as well as freelance editors, students and professors. It is an organization built on the advocacy of editing as a craft vital to clear writing and reader advocacy.

Technical Requirements:

Windows
1.4GHz Intel® Pentium® 4 or faster processor (or equivalent) for Windows 7, Windows 8 or Windows 8.1
512MB of RAM (1GB recommended) for Windows 7 or Windows 8
Microsoft Internet Explorer 8, 9, 10, 11; Mozilla Firefox; Google Chrome
Adobe® Flash® Player 11.2+

Mac
1.83GHz Intel Core™ Duo or faster processor
512MB of RAM (1GB recommended)
Mac OS X 10.7.4, 10.8, 10.9
Mozilla Firefox; Apple Safari; Google Chrome
Adobe Flash Player 11.2+

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