Stylistic editing is editing to transform murky, muddled writing into clear, coherent prose. In this course, you will learn how to clarify the meaning, improve the flow and smooth the language of the most turgid text.
The course starts with a brief review of the three different kinds of editing. The course continues with a look at the three main strands in stylistic editing: clarity, flow and language. After that it introduces the communication tools and practices used in stylistic editing.
The final assignment for this course is due one week after the course ends.
Note: The course code for Stylistic Editing was previously EDIT508.
Instructional hours: 12
Register for a course at any time, with the option to apply to a program later.
- Wed, Jul 27 (self-paced all week)
- Wed, Aug 3 (self-paced all week)
- Wed, Aug 10 (self-paced all week)
- Wed, Aug 17 (self-paced all week)
What you will learn
At the end of the course, you will be able to do the following:
- Recognize unclear prose and make it clear
- Recognize incoherent paragraphs or passages and make them coherent
- Differentiate between stylistic editing, copyediting and structural editing
- Identify and correct common stylistic problems such as general or abstract writing, jargon, clichés, noun strings, wordiness, and inappropriate language level for the audience
- Edit manuscripts for clarity, flow and language
- Query writers tactfully
- Edit short manuscripts for a general audience
How you will learn and be evaluated
Prepare to spend 6–10 hours per week on coursework, including:
- Group assignments
- Independent assignments
You will be evaluated on:
- 2 assignments (final assignment due 1 week after course ends)
No textbook is required. We will provide all course materials online.
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.