Copy Editing: Intermediate

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

  • sections:
  • Discussions Mondays 9-10pm 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 judgment 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.

  • "Pete is a friendly, knowledgeable, and personable instructor. He is a fountain of information. The class assignments and the individual feedback are absolutely excellent and so helpful to have and refer to later. I felt very comfortable asking questions. I learned a lot and the class was very enjoyable."

    Georgia Jones

  • "Overall the instructor was very passionate and knowledgeable about the content. He knew how to instruct and not just teach. I thought the assignments he created were very worth while. They made us stop and think about what we were editing. As a side note, the audio and video weren't all that great with this class."

    Amanda Balbi