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.