Stylistic Editing Standards
Course Schedule
Session Dates Registration Deadline
Summer 2019 -
Late Winter 2020 -

Stylistic editing is also known as line editing or a deep copyedit.

Wondering whether you are working to professional stylistic editing standards?

Identify your strengths and gaps, learn to work to industry standards, and gain advanced knowledge and practice in stylistic editing with the support of an expert stylistic editor.

As part of the Professional Editing Standards Certificate program, this course explores professional standards for stylistic editing; implications of the audience, medium and purpose for any communication; how to revise paragraphs and sentences for clarity and coherence; editing at the language and word level to meet the needs of readers; stylistic editing considerations for visual and multimedia content such as tables, figures, audio and video; and how to communicate with authors and query effectively.

Required course texts:

  • Stylistic Editing: Meeting Professional Editorial Standards. Available at Captus Press.
  • Style: Lessons in Clarity and Grace, 11th edition, by Joseph M. Williams and Joseph Bizup. Available at Amazon.
  • Style: Lessons in Clarity and Grace, 11th edition (2014), published by Pearson, by Joseph M. Williams, revised by Joseph Bizup. This book is in its 12th edition but the course uses the 11th edition, which is available on Scribd with free access for 30 days. Alternatively, consider purchasing the 12th edition, which is substantially similar.

This course is applicable to intermediate and advanced editors of English from all geographical locations. If you're looking to take an introductory editing course, we recommend WRIT 265: Editing in Academic and Professional Contexts, available through Queen's Arts and Science online.

Recommended, but not required, prerequisite: Fundamentals of Editing Standards.

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The Society for Editors and Proofreaders (SfEP) recognises Queen’s University Canada’s courses as quality training that will count towards SfEP membership upgrade.