WWU class will teach professional writing skills

Western Washington University Extended Education is offering a course this winter on professional writing and editing that will be open to community members.

The class, Grammar for Editors, is a hybrid online/face-to-face course as part of WWU’s professional editing program.

As an intensive review of common grammatical problems, the class will cover how professional editors address corrections in manuscripts or articles and how they formulate advice in their working relationships with authors and writers.

The course combines nine modules, available as online projects with five evening class sessions. Instruction is delivered primarily as an online class.

Lectures are provided as written documents, and class discussion is enabled through an online discussion board.

It is designed for people who work in fields or businesses that require editing skills to produce newsletters, website content, marketing materials, formal reports and similar publications.

Course highlights for Grammar for Editors:

– Considers issues that come up most often when editing someone else’s writing.
– Emphasizes communicating clearly about changes and corrections.
– Applies grammar to nonfiction writing aimed at a wide audience.
– Focuses on individual areas of interest.
– Provides an overview of useful resources, texts and grammar guides.
– Teaches how to edit for sensitivity to race, ethnicity, age, gender and abilities.

Grammar for Editors is taught by Carolyn Dale, an experienced professional in the field of journalism, writing and editing, and a longtime member of WWU’s Department of Journalism.

Although there are no prerequisites, the course assumes basic knowledge of 100-level English composition.

The cost for the course is $260, plus one required textbook. No formal WWU admission is required.

Classes will meet from 7-8:30 p.m. on Mondays from Jan. 14 to March 11, in WWU’s Communications Facility.

The registration deadline is Monday, Jan. 7.

For more information, visit Extended Education’s professional editing webpage at www.ExtendedEd.wwu.edu, email ExtendedEd@wwu.edu or call 360-650-3717.

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