Editing skills

Course information

We all know that business writing must be polished and professional, but how do you ensure that readers will get the message that the writer intended? As an editor, how do you know when to make changes and when to leave text untouched? Whether you’re editing the annual report, web content, your own customer communications or a colleague’s work, the same techniques apply.

In this workshop, a former Irish Times sub-editor shares the key skills and tricks of the trade. You will learn how to analyse content, recognise problems and fix them. You’ll also learn how to identify common errors and make writing stronger and more effective.

After this course, you will:

  • Understand how to ensure writing is clear, concise, correct and readable
  • Have the skills to ensure documents will:
  • Communicate their messages quickly and effectively​
  • Display a consistent and professional style​
  • Look accessible and readable
  • Contain no errors of grammar, punctuation or syntax

Who should attend?

This Editing skills course is for anyone who writes at work and would like the tools to edit their own documents. It’s also for anyone who edits the writing of colleagues or external writers – and anyone who edits or compiles reports with different contributors.

What’s covered in this course

1

What editors need to know

  • English is a living language: issues for editors
  • Defining the role of an editor
  • When to tweak and when to rewrite
  • How to give constructive feedback
  • Strategies: Develop a fresh eye to analyse writing
  • Process: Steps for efficient editing
2

Identify common errors – and fix them

  • Ensure consistency of terms
  • Check for clarity of sentences and paragraphs
  • Avoid over-using the passive voice
  • How to deal with jargon
  • Cut waffle and repetition
  • Use the Flesch reading ease scale and a style guide
3

Make the writing strong

  • How to use language and layout effectively
  • Help readers to understand content
  • Use an appropriate and consistent tone of voice
  • Make every word count
  • Use headings and linking words to create a narrative structure
  • Frontload key content
  • Capture scanners’ attention
For a more detailed course outline, please get in touch.

Course delivery options ​

Live online training

Choose a practical interactive online session. Then, for more practice, complete an editing assignment, which is assessed and returned by your trainer.

Tailored in-house courses

Get the training you need with customised onsite training for your teams, based on your own communications. One-day or half-day courses for small groups.

Bespoke coaching – online

One-to-one sessions focus on your challenges and objectives. Practical exercises are based on your own writing and editing.

Get expert tips for your business writing – in our free fact-sheets

Want a refresher on punctuation? Or a quick guide to plain English? What about tips on writing for your website? Or useful phrases for minutes? Our fact-sheets are full of information that will help you to write clear, correct English.

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Want expert tips and tools to improve your writing?

  • Quick Guide to Plain English
  • Quick Punctuation Guide
  • Quick Grammar Guide
  • Ten Common Errors
  • Commonly Confused Words
  • Customer Communications with Impact
  • Writing for the Web
  • Web Accessibility
  • Editing for Results
  • Writing & Editing Checklist
  • Minutes – Useful Phrases

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