Editing

Become a professional editor

Editors are at the heart of great writing. They read critically; help writers communicate clearly and eloquently; check facts; and manage grammar, spelling, punctuation and style. They shape nearly everything we read, working in business, journalism, government, publishing, health care, education and the non-profit sector.

Our courses will help you become a key part of the writing and publishing process by sharpening your editorial eye, honing your proofreading skills, and teaching you to communicate effectively with writers.

Program graduate Megan on advancing in her editing career

Editing Certificate

SFU's part-time, online Editing Certificate will take your skills to the next level and prepare you to join the world of publishing and freelance editing. You may take the program in Vancouver, online or through a combination of both methods.

Editing courses and workshops (available individually)

If you're not ready to apply to the Editing Certificate, you're welcome to take editing courses one at a time. The following editing courses and workshops begin within the next few months, but many other courses and workshops are also open for registration.

September 2017

6 Grammar EDIT250 EDIT250-ON11771

6 Stylistic Editing EDIT508 EDIT508-ON11771

6 Writing and Editing for the Web EDIT505 EDIT505-ON11771

7 Advanced Study in Writing for Business and the Professions BCPW205 BCPW205-ON11771

12 Plain Language Principles PLNL110 PLNL110-ON11772

13 Basic Proofreading EDIT220 EDIT220-ON11771

13 Editors and Editing: An Introduction EDIT110 EDIT110-ON11771

14 Ethics and Legal Issues in Writing and Publishing BCPW210 BCPW210-ON11771

October 2017

4 Copy Editing EDIT210 EDIT210-ON11771

5 Advanced Study in Writing for Business and the Professions BCPW205 BCPW205-ON11772

18 Business Processes in Editing EDIT509 EDIT509-ON11771

25 Grammar EDIT250 EDIT250-ON11773

November 2017

1 Basic Proofreading EDIT220 EDIT220-ON11772

7 Technical Writing and Editing TCOM120 TCOM120-ON11771

8 Stylistic Editing EDIT508 EDIT508-ON11772

22 Final Project: Editing EDIT410 EDIT410-ON11771

January 2018

10 Document Design and Production for Editors EDIT240 EDIT240-ON11811

16 Plain Language Principles PLNL110 PLNL110-ON11811

17 Editors and Editing: An Introduction EDIT110 EDIT110-ON11811

17 Final Project: Editing EDIT410 EDIT410-ON11811

February 2018

1 Advanced Study in Writing for Business and the Professions BCPW205 BCPW205-ON11811

21 Structural Editing EDIT330 EDIT330-ON11811

March 2018

14 Document Design and Production for Editors EDIT240 EDIT240-ON11812

20 Technical Writing and Editing TCOM120 TCOM120-ON11811

April 2018

3 Plain Language Principles PLNL110 PLNL110-ON11813

5 Advanced Study in Writing for Business and the Professions BCPW205 BCPW205-ON11812

May 2018

2 Final Project: Editing EDIT410 EDIT410-ON11841

9 Business Processes in Editing EDIT509 EDIT509-ON11841

9 Editors and Editing: An Introduction EDIT110 EDIT110-ON11841

29 Technical Writing and Editing TCOM120 TCOM120-ON11841

June 2018

7 Advanced Study in Writing for Business and the Professions BCPW205 BCPW205-ON11841

20 Writing and Editing for the Web EDIT505 EDIT505-ON11841

September 2018

5 Writing and Editing for the Web EDIT505 EDIT505-ON11871

11 Plain Language Principles PLNL110 PLNL110-ON11871

12 Editors and Editing: An Introduction EDIT110 EDIT110-ON11871

October 2018

3 Copy Editing EDIT210 EDIT210-ON11871

3 Structural Editing EDIT330 EDIT330-ON11871

November 2018

21 Final Project: Editing EDIT410 EDIT410-ON11871

February 2019

27 Structural Editing EDIT330 EDIT330-ON11911

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