Editing Skills for the Workplace

In the workplace, editors may be full-time communications professionals, but they may also be managers revising their employees’ work, or the go-to person in the office who helps colleagues improve their writing. Regardless of the situation, editing in the workplace involves understanding the audience, medium or format, and purpose of each document – in a way that editing a newspaper or a book does not. To edit successfully, editors need to understand the various levels of editing and decide which to apply to any given document.

In this course, you’ll acquire the practical skills that you need to edit your colleagues’ work successfully: how to assess the editing needs for a project; how to edit effectively for structure, style, grammar and spelling; and how to build strong writer–editor collaborations. You'll learn how to quickly identify and correct common problems to improve your productivity.

Editing is a valuable contribution to any project—it can also be extremely satisfying. This course will help you build the basic skill set that you'll need to edit effectively in the workplace.

  • Topics
  • Audience
  • Instructor
  • Assessing audience, medium and purpose

  • Organizing information

  • Editing for logic, coherence, consistency and flow

  • Editing for grammar, spelling and punctuation - top problems

  • Understanding the editorial process

  • Communicating with writers

  • Writers who want to learn the basics of editing
  • Anyone who wants to edit texts more effectively and quickly

Carolyn Brown is a Certified Professional Editor (Editors Canada) and certified Editor in the Life Sciences (Board of Editors in the Life Sciences). She has edited a wide variety of material for 35 years, specializing in scientific and medical publications for the past 25 years. She is the author of the chapter on citation in Editing Canadian English, 2nd edition, and a perennial seminar leader. She is also a scientific and medical writer and consultant on electronic publishing.

“This was one of my favorite PDI classes!”

Online Distance Learning 

Certain sessions of this course are now offered online via live video conferencing. Online session are indicated in parenthesis in the box below.

Register today by selecting an online session.


Select a session

Editing Skills for the Workplace (Online session)
December 1, 2, 3, 2021
9:00 - 12:00
Editing Skills for the Workplace (Online session)
January 17, 18, 19, 2022
9:00 - 12:00
Editing Skills for the Workplace (Classroom session)
May 10, 11, 2022
9:00 - 16:00

Group Training

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