Editing Skills for Clear Writing

Learn the copy editing skills you need to make your or your clients' content clear, concise, and readable without sacrificing yours or the author's voice and style.

Editing Skills for Clear Writing

Learn the copy editing skills you need to make your or your clients' content clear, concise, and readable without sacrificing yours or the author's voice and style.
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About the Class

Clear writing is hard to come by because we are taught to write eloquently using lots of fancy and smart words. But good writing is the kind that's easy to read. As a seasoned copy editor with over a decade of experience in the field, I help writers cut out the bull so that their core idea can shine. This course is a quick overview of the issues of clarity I see most.

In this course:

Learn the copy-editing skills you need to make your or your clients' content clear, concise, and readable without sacrificing your or the author's voice and style.

  • Fix subject-verb agreement issues.*
  • Eliminate wordy sentences and unnecessary elements.
  • Strive for active voice over passive voice.
  • Use descriptive words instead of empty adjectives.
  • Elegantly break up long paragraphs.
  • Make every word count.

*Update: Usage is yet evolving as language always is and more so in these times of rapid information exchange and communication. Many style manuals and house guidelines now accept “they” to refer to singular subjects whose gender identity is not known, in addition to those who don't identify with a particular gender. But a word of caution: Just be sure that the style guidelines you’re following support such usage. If you’re writing only for yourself or your own audience, go with whatever style you like. On the other hand, if you are a student or are working for a client, check with the institution’s preferred style first.

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Amy Reff

Freelance editor and designer since 2008
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I've been a freelance copy editor and publication designer for over a decade. The first book I ever copy edited was about how to care for rescue cats holistically. I now have a rescue cat myself, in fact—she's a sweet gray tabby named Gemma. She keeps me calm and mellow while I'm editing education materials, cookbooks, and memoirs. When I'm...

Class Requirements

  • You should have fluency in English.
  • You should know intermediate-level grammar.

What's Included

Level: Intermediate
Duration: 43 minutes
15 Videos
5 Documents
7 Quizzes
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