Writers Without Editors: How to Edit Your Own Writing (May 2018)

Course Overview

Writers Without Editors: How to Edit Your Own Writing (May 2018)
Online Group Seminar
Time Estimate:
The content of this course unfolds over several weeks. There are few scheduled meeting times, except for several live discussions, so you'll be able to learn on a schedule that works for you. The minimum time commitment each week is three to four hours.

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About Online Group Seminars

In an online group seminar, you will gather with other participants in a virtual space, logging in from anywhere, day or night, over the course of several weeks. A faculty member guides the group through new material, moderates discussions and provides individual feedback.

We will offer this online group seminar on the following dates in 2018:
May 21 to June 10, 2018
Applications are due by: May 18, 2018

In a world where speed is of the essence, there's less time for the many layers of editing that have traditionally stood between writers and readers. Fortunately, if you write, you have a facility for language that you can use to edit. In this course, you’ll gain the skills you need to polish your own prose.

Live Class Schedule

  • Text chats: Tuesdays at 11 a.m. EST (May 22, 29, June 5)
  • Live Video classes: Fridays at 2 p.m. EST (May 25, June 1, 8)

View the sample syllabus for this course.

What Will I Learn:
  • How to overcome the pitfalls of editing work that you have created
  • How to check your work for clarity, organization and understanding
  • How to find more errors in copy, whether of style, grammar, punctuation or flow
  • How to correct errors more efficiently and effectively
Who should take this course:

Writers, bloggers, producers and others who want to look critically at their work in a way that avoids typos, errors in logic, flow or organization, or other flaws that lead to miscommunication.

Course Instructor:

Merrill Perlman

Merrill Perlman is a consultant who works with news organizations, private companies and journalism organizations, specializing in editing and the English language. She spent 25 years at The New York Times in jobs ranging from copy editor to director of copy desks, in charge of all 150-plus copy editors at The Times. She is an adjunct assistant professor at the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism and writes the Language Corner column for the Columbia Journalism Review. Merrill is a recipient of the Glamann Award from the American Copy Editors Society. She was a reporter for four years before becoming an editor.