Professional Editing

Professional Editing Extension Certificate

Online

This program is ideal for communicators who wish to acquire an understanding of the standards, skills and tools of professional editors. Through presentations, readings, editing practice and discussion, you will gain a foundation for a fascinating career in the world of editing.

Note: program instructors use and refer to Chicago style in class, but discuss a variety of other styles as well.

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Interested in learning more about the Professional Editing Extension Certificate at Mount Royal University? Join us for a free virtual information session on Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021 from noon - 1 p.m. Register now!

Important Notice

The Professional Editing Extension Certificate program has been revised for Winter 2021. Read about the updated program below. If you have further questions, contact us at cebusiness@mtroyal.ca 
  • Prepare for a career in editing
  • Enhance your professional writing and editing skills
  • Earn a recognized credential
  • Complete the 6 required courses (100 hours)
  • Can be completed within 3 semesters up to a maximum of 3 years
PROFESSIONAL EDITING SCHEDULE

Required Courses
Fall
(Sept. - Dec.)
Winter
(Jan. - Apr.)
Spring/Summer 
(May - Aug.)
Editing Fundamentals
Copyediting and Proofreading
Grammar and Punctuation Essentials
Structural Editing
Stylistic Editing
Editing Portfolio
The above schedule is subject to change. Courses start on various dates within each semester. *Classroom delivery of courses unavailable until further notice due to COVID-19.  There are no prerequistes to take these courses. It is highly recommended that students take Editing Fundamentals and Grammar and Punctuation Essentials as their first two courses.
Fall schedule and registration available in June. Winter schedule and registration available in November. Spring/Summer schedule and registration available in March.

Professional Editing students are recommended to sign up for an online subscription to Chicago Manual of Style. Subscribe online.  Individual courses have textbook and/or subscription requirements. See courses below.

Refer to your Confirmation of Registration for specific course information, including required textbooks. Course manuals are provided on Blackboard, 3 days prior to class start. Students are required to bring a print or digital copy to class. Textbooks may be purchased independently or through the Campus Store .

Required Courses

Editing Fundamentals
Discover the fundamentals of professional editing and the skills and standards common to all editors. Learn why editing matters and how editing skills can be developed and refined. Be introduced to different kinds of editing (copy editing, style editing and structural editing).

Recommended Preparation:  Grammar and Punctuation Essentials

No textbook required.

Subject (for registration):
Communications

Subject code: XCOM 20002 15 Hours Fee: $429
CRN 30370 Online Jan. 11 - Feb. 15

Copyediting and Proofreading
In this course, you will explore copyediting and proofreading—onscreen and on paper, learn how to use and create house style guides and style sheets and recognize the importance of copyright, citations and references. Using examples from a variety of non-fiction material, you will have the opportunity to develop your copyediting and proofreading skills.

Recommended Preparation:  Grammar and Punctuation Essentials and Editing Fundamentals

Required Textbooks and Resources: The Copyeditors Handbook: A Guide for Book Publishing, Einshohn, 2011. AND Proofreading: Meeting Professional Editorial Standards, Editors’ Association of Canada. 

Textbooks may be purchased independently or through the Campus Store.

Subject (for registration): Communications

Subject code: XCOM 20003 20 Hours Fee: $459
CRN 30667 Online Jan. 11 - Feb. 22


Grammar and Punctuation Essentials
Brush up on basic writing skills. Review parts of speech, grammar and common grammatical mistakes. Explore sentence parts including words, phrases and clauses. Understand punctuation and common punctuation mistakes such as capitalization, abbreviations and numbers. Discuss commonly misused and misspelled words.

Required textbook: Practical Grammar: A Canadian Writer's Resource (3rd ed.). Ruvinsky, M. (2014). Oxford University Press Canada. Rental Option from Vital Source available to registered students. 

Textbooks may be purchased independently or through the Campus Store.

Subject (for registration):  Communications

Subject code: XCOM 20008 20 Hours Fee: $359
CRN 30623 Online Mar. 1 - Apr. 12


Structural Editing
In this course, you will learn how to consider an entire document from the reader’s perspective and make decisions about organization (information architecture) and visual design (visual and physical features). Using practical examples, from print and online documents, you will tackle various comprehensive editing problems and find solutions.

Recommended Preparation:  Grammar and Punctuation Essentials and Editing Fundamentals

Required Textbook: Structural Editing: Meeting Professional Editorial Standards. Editors' Association of Canada. Purchase directly from the Executive Director, John, by emailing executivedirector@editors.ca or by calling toll-free 866-226-3348. 

Subject (for registration): Communications

Subject code: XCOM 20011 15 Hours Fee: $429
CRN 30669 Online Feb. 15 - Mar. 22

Stylistic Editing
In this course, you will learn how to consider an entire document from the reader’s perspective and make decisions about style (choices about words, their forms and their arrangement in sentences). Using practical examples, from print and online documents, you will tackle various stylistic editing problems and find solutions.

Recommended Preparation:  Grammar and Punctuation Essentials and Editing Fundamentals

Required Textbook:  Lessons in Clarity and Grace (12th edition). Williams, J. M. and  Colomb, G. G. Pearson Education, 2017. 

Textbooks may be purchased independently or through the Campus Store.

Subject (for registration): Communications

Subject code: XCOM 20012 15 Hours Fee: $429
CRN 30671 Online Mar. 22 - Apr. 26

Editing Portfolio
Once you have completed all the other courses in this certificate, create a portfolio of work samples that demonstrate your ability to carry out copyediting, proofreading and comprehensive editing with proficiency and ease. Bring to class a range of documents that you want to include in your portfolio.

Recommended Preparation:  All other Professional Editing courses

Required Textbook:
Stylistic Editing: Meeting Professional Editorial Standards, Part 3. Editors' Association of Canada.

Textbooks may be purchased independently or through the Campus Store.

Subject (for registration):
Communications

Subject code: XCOM 20009 15 Hours Fee: $429
CRN 90901 Online Nov. 9 - Dec. 15

 



Michelle Lomberg ce_img_Michelle_Lomberg

Michelle is a freelance editor and writer with over 25 years' experience. Her portfolio includes substantive editing, copy editing, and proofreading of K-12 and higher-education resources, trade books and marketing materials, and she is the author of 19 educational books for young readers. She has worked for clients across Canada.

Michelle holds a bachelor's degree with first-class honours in English and a master's degree in environmental design. In addition, she is certified by the Editors' Association of Canada in structural and stylistic editing. She has been teaching in the Professional Editing Certificate program since 2015.

 

 

ce_img_RichardErlendson Richard Erlendson   

Dr. Richard Erlendson has the distinction of serving as a long-time professor in both the Faculty of Business and Communication Studies and the Faculty of Continuing Education and Extension at MRU. In both faculties, he has taught professional writing, editing, reporting, design, publishing and visual communication. He is a career journalist and photojournalist, and has received the Canadian Word Award for magazine writing. Richard is also a recipient of the Distinguished Faculty Award at MRU. He holds both a masters and doctorate from the University of Alberta with undergrad degrees in journalism and education.


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For information about this program:
cebusiness@mtroyal.ca
403.440.6861 or 1.888.392.3655
Mount Royal University, 4825 Mount Royal Gate SW, Calgary AB T3E 6K6

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