Final Project: Editing
In this capstone course you will demonstrate the knowledge and skills you have acquired while completing the Editing Certificate.
You will perform a structural edit, stylistic edit, copy edit, and proofread of a non-fiction book that the instructor will provide. You will define a target audience for the book and communicate with a client in line with the audience’s needs. You will select photos and advise the client about their potential use in the book. Students will be encouraged to develop their own professional approach to client communications and project production. At the end of the course, you will have a package containing work samples that demonstrate your ability to recognize and solve editorial problems.
- Copy Editing EDIT210
- Editors and Editing: An Introduction EDIT110
- Advanced Study in Writing for Business and the Professions BCPW205
- Ethics and Legal Issues in Writing and Publishing BCPW210
- Document Design and Production for Editors EDIT240
- Grammar EDIT250
- Structural Editing EDIT330
- Stylistic Editing EDIT508
- Stylistic Editing EDIT320
- Basic Proofreading EDIT220
- Proofreading EDIT225
Instructional hours: 18
Register for a course at any time, with the option to apply to a program later.
- Wed, Jul 6 (self-paced all week)
- Wed, Jul 13 (self-paced all week)
- Wed, Jul 20 (self-paced all week)
- Wed, Jul 27 (self-paced all week)
- Wed, Aug 3 (self-paced all week)
- Wed, Aug 10 (self-paced all week)
- Wed, Sep 7 (self-paced all week)
- Wed, Sep 14 (self-paced all week)
- Wed, Sep 21 (self-paced all week)
- Wed, Sep 28 (self-paced all week)
- Wed, Oct 5 (self-paced all week)
- Wed, Oct 12 (self-paced all week)
What you will learn
At the end of the course, you will be able to do the following:
- Recommend an editing plan to a client
- Analyze the audience for a book
- Recommend a book title according to audience and topic
- Construct a structural outline of a non-fiction book
- Revise a book chapter according to stylistic editing standards
- Revise a book chapter according to copy editing standards
- Compare, select and categorize stylistic issues for a style sheet
- Appraise visual editing components of a manuscript
- Proofread a section of a book according to proofreading standards
- Compare a typeset section of a book with an original manuscript
How you will learn and be evaluated
Prepare to spend 10–15 hours per week on coursework, including:
- Class discussions through online forums
- Independent assignments
- Individual consultation
You will be evaluated on your final project and a professional practice assessment. The final project is to be submitted in two parts:
- Part 1: due partway through the course
- Part 2: due the day after the course ends
No textbook is required. We will provide all course materials online.
The Chicago Manual of Style, 16th edition (or later). University of Chicago Press, 2010. ISBN 978-0226104201
Once you begin the course you'll be sent SFU library access information for this text. Alternatively, you may wish to download a 30-day free trial of the online version of Chicago Manual of Style.
For online courses, you will need a computer with audio and microphone that is connected to the internet. Canvas is the online system that will be used for the course. For more information and online support, visit Online Learning.
English language requirements
To succeed in this course, you will need an advanced level of written and spoken English. If you are unsure whether your English language skills are sufficient, we recommend you complete the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) with the following minimums:
- Overall band score minimum 6.5
- No band below 6.0
- Writing band score minimum 8.0
Please note we can’t refund your registration fees after the course start date if you find your English language skills are not adequate.
If you have questions or concerns about your English language proficiency, we encourage you to contact your local IELTS Test Centre.