July 10, 2019–August 21, 2019
Introduction to Copyediting
If you love language and have a laser-focused attention to detail, you might have considered learning how to copyedit. Copyeditors make sure writing is free from errors in grammar, spelling, punctuation, style, consistency, and more in a way that requires its own set of skills beyond a solid grasp of grammar and spelling: When do you hyphenate a compound adjective? Should you use "50" or "fifty"? What is the difference between a hyphen, an en dash, and an em dash?
This class will provide a solid foundation in the basics of copyediting. It will also cover working with an author or publisher, creating and following style sheets, what to look for besides the straightforward mechanics of language, and how you can pursue a career as an editor. Each week will cover one or more copyediting topics and include a short editing assignment to put your new knowledge into practice.
We will use the Chicago Manual of Style as our primary reference but will briefly touch on AP and other styles.