If you are already familiar with the editorial process and the fundamentals of copy editing—how to correct errors and ensure consistency of style—this course will allow you to explore some of the more demanding aspects of the copy editor's job. Through lectures, exercises, and class discussions, you will get a clearer understanding of why one author calls the good copy editor a "rare creature."
Using examples from a variety of non-fiction documents, you will consider challenges posed by complex, multi-author publications and look at a range of documentation conventions. You will learn about editing non-text materials such as tables, graphs, labels, and captions. You will also find out how to get the most out of common editorial references like The Chicago Manual of Style, Editing Canadian English, The Oxford Guide to Style, and web resources.