Copy Editing: Intro

Learn basic copy editing skills using the AP Stylebook

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

This six-week course is designed for anyone who wants to feel more confident working with words, particularly using proper grammar, punctuation, spelling, and style. It will cover the basics of news and nonfiction copy editing, from avoiding rookie mistakes to dealing with difficult topics (and people). The course will discuss the various tools of the trade you'll need to produce clean, compelling content. And, you'll talk about how to market yourself as a copy editor to get full-time or freelance work.

In this class, you will learn how to:

  • Use the AP Stylebook, a dictionary, and online reference tools
  • Catch more errors, including commonly confused and misused terms
  • Ask the right questions to clarify convoluted copy
  • Determine whether a sentence needs tweaking or is best left alone
  • Prepare for a copy editing test
  • Tailor your resume to find work as a copy editor

By the end of class, you will have:

A solid understanding of copy editing and the basic tools required to pursue work as a copy editor.

Ted Trautman is a writer, editor and professional nit-picker. Since 2012 he's been a contributing editor at Circa, a mobile-first news organization based in San Francisco. His writing has appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, Slate and in the online editions of Wired, The Atlantic and The New Yorker. Ted specializes in delivering clear, concise, and compelling copy on deadline, and he enjoys teaching others to do the same. Before going into journalism, Ted spent two years as a Peace Corps volunteer in Kyrgyzstan, where he taught English as a second language. He holds a master's degree in journalism from the University of California-Berkeley.