Copy Editing: Intermediate

Master the rules that govern clean copy using the Chicago Manual of Style

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  • Discussions Wednesdays 8-9pm ET, 6 sessions full schedule

This six-week course is for wordsmiths familiar with copy editing basics and are ready for the next level. We'll cover key sections of the Chicago Style Manual, putting heavy emphasis on proper grammar and punctuation. We'll also discuss time-saving techniques on the job, such as developing custom word lists and house style guides.

In this class, you will learn how to:

  • Spot and correct complex grammatical errors
  • Evaluate the merits of the popular style guides and other resources
  • Work with difficult subject matter (and people)
  • Hone your judgement and decision-making processes
  • Know when to break the rules

By the end of class, you will have:

Deeper knowledge of copy editing industry standards and best practices.

Admission requirements:

Apply with a note clearly stating your copy editing experience.

Pete Keeley is the online copy chief for The Hollywood Reporter. He has previously worked for Backstage magazine and The Huffington Post. He also does a fair amount of freelance — mostly editing, some writing. When a conflict arises between AP style and Chicago style, he will side with Chicago nine times out of ten.