Structural Editing

Structural editing is the process of assessing and organizing or reorganizing material to improve its flow, logic, and readability.

In this course, we discuss various editorial issues and solutions, and work through practical examples to build your understanding of what structural editing is and how to successfully conduct a structural edit.

When you have finished this course, you will have developed your structural editing skills. Topics we cover in this course include considering the audience's needs; identifying and addressing structural problems; reorganizing, reworking, and rewriting material; working with visual elements; and communicating with writers. Though this course is based on a general understanding of structural editing as it relates to content, there are some sections that provide more information on structural editing for fiction.

The final assignment for this course is due one week after the course ends.


Location: Online
Format: Self-paced within deadlines set by instructor
Duration: 5 weeks
Tuition: $555
Can be applied to:
Editing Certificate

Upcoming Offerings

Register for a course at any time, with the option to apply to a program later.

Start Date
Start DateWed, Jul 20, 2022
  • Wed, Jul 20 (self-paced all week)
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InstructorNick Rockel
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What you will learn

At the end of the course, you will be able to do the following:

  • Identify structural issues in manuscripts
  • Write sentence summaries of paragraphs
  • Conduct a structural edit of a manuscript
  • Write and edit effective headings and transitions
  • Communicate effectively with a writer

How you will learn and be evaluated

Prepare to spend 6–10 hours per week on coursework, including:

  • Readings
  • Discussions
  • Practice exercises
  • Assignments

You will be evaluated on:

  • Participation in discussions
  • 3 assignments (final assignment due 1 week after course ends)

Learning Materials

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

Technical Requirements

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.

You will need access to the following:

  • Microsoft Word (2010 or newer) and being comfortable with Track Changes function
  • A printer
  • A scanner or camera to create a digital copy of editing examples to be submitted for one of the assignments
  • High-speed internet access
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader

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.