Structural Editing

Structural editing is the process of assessing and shaping material to improve its organization and content. In this course we will discuss various editorial problems and solutions and work through practical examples.

This course will give you the opportunity to gain knowledge of and develop skills in the process of structural editing. Topics include: considering the needs of the reader, identifying structural problems, reorganizing, reworking and rewriting material, working with visual elements and communicating with authors.

This course is available at the following time(s) and location(s):

Campus Session(s) Instructor(s) Cost Seats available  
Online - Heidi Turner $544.00 17 Register
Online - Heidi Turner $544.00 28 Register

Instructional hours: 15

Schedule clarification: Online courses begin on the first date listed and end six days after the last date listed. The interim dates/times are not your actual online class times.

What will I learn?

By the end of this course, you should be able to do the following:

  • Explain the location of structural editing in the production cycle
  • Differentiate structural editing from other types of editing
  • Develop and use an outline to reveal the structure of a manuscript
  • Create a plan for editing a long and difficult manuscript
  • Edit manuscripts appropriately for length and target audience
  • Write or edit effective headings and transitions
  • Explain appropriate use of graphic elements to enhance text

How will I learn?

  • Readings
  • Discussions
  • Practice exercises
  • Assignments

How will I be evaluated?

Your grade will be based on the following:

  • Participation in discussions
  • Two assignments

The final assignment is due seven days after the end of the course.

Textbooks and course materials

We will provide all required course materials online. Links to recommended readings will be provided online.

Hardware and software requirements

We deliver this course using SFU's online course management system, Canvas. You will receive course details and Canvas access instructions on the first day of the course. You can check if your browser is compatible with Canvas here.

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