ACES In-Depth Editing Online Group Seminar (Fall 2018)

Course Overview

ACES In-Depth Editing Online Group Seminar (Fall 2018)
Online Group Seminar
Time Estimate:
10 to 12 hours over a period of four weeks, including live classes, homework assignments and reading.

Poynter Prepared members can save 20-25% on this course and all Poynter training. Learn more and join now. This seminar is $399 for members of the ACES: The Society for Editing (ACES). Watch your member email to get details about the discount.

This online group seminar is not currently accepting applications.

About Online Group Seminars

In an online group seminar, you will gather with other participants in a virtual space, logging in from anywhere, day or night, over the course of several weeks. A faculty member guides the group through new material, moderates discussions and provides individual feedback.

This archived Online Group Seminar was originally available on:
September 7 to October 7, 2018

This In-Depth Editing online group seminar is for experienced editors who are seeking to move their work to a new level. You'll hone your skills and edit strategically, going beyond editing for style, grammar and punctuation.

When you're done, you will have expertise in substantive editing and learned how to use critical thinking skills across multiple platforms and disciplines. You'll also get coaching and feedback from the experts at the ACES: The Society for Editing.

The online group seminar will take place over four weeks, with one live session per week:

  • Week 1: Critical Thinking (Live session: Monday, Sept. 10, at 4 p.m. Eastern)
  • Week 2: Improving Organization (Live session: Monday, Sept. 17, at 4 p.m. Eastern)
  • Week 3: Editing for Multiple Platforms (Live session: Monday, Sept. 24, at 4 p.m. Eastern)
  • Week 4: Coaching and Managing the Writer and the Work (Monday, Oct. 1, at 4 p.m. Eastern)

Bundle and Save

Participants in this course are eligible for special pricing if they want to enroll in the Advanced Editing Certificate bundle for an early bird price of $550 or at the regular price of $600.

The certificate combines this course with the Poynter ACES course pack of seven webinars, Accurate, Audience-Focused Editing.

ACES members can buy this bundle for $475 with a promo code. Watch your email for details.

You can enroll in this ACES In-Depth Editing online group seminar separately for $449. (ACES members get a promo code to buy for $399)

You can also buy the Poynter ACES course pack with seven webinars, Accurate, Audience-Focused Editing for $150. (ACES members get a promo code to buy for $75)

More training

If you're looking for a certificate that focuses on the fundamentals of copy editing, check out the original Poynter ACES Certificate in Editing, which emphasizes grammar and usage skills and approaches and strategies for copy editing.

What Will I Learn:
  • How to improve content organization and structure
  • How to edit for different audiences, disciplines and platforms
  • How to apply critical thinking skills to evaluate content
  • How to coach and collaborate with writers
  • How to use all forms of display type across multiple platforms
  • How to use templates and create style sheets in editing
Who should take this course:

Editors who want to expand their skills and acquire the ability to edit in a variety of disciplines and platforms; communications professionals or writers who want to become better self-editors or develop expertise in editing; editors seeking to augment their skills or acquire a credential.

Course Instructors:

Merrill Perlman

Merrill Perlman is a consultant who works with news organizations, private companies and journalism organizations, specializing in editing and the English language. She spent 25 years at The New York Times in jobs ranging from copy editor to director of copy desks, in charge of all 150-plus copy editors at The Times. She is an adjunct assistant professor at the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism and writes the Language Corner column for the Columbia Journalism Review. Merrill is a recipient of the Glamann Award from the American Copy Editors Society. She was a reporter for four years before becoming an editor.

Sue Burzynski Bullard

Sue Burzynski Bullard is on the ACES: The Society for Editing executive committee. She teaches editing, reporting, ethics and multimedia classes at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Before joining academia, Sue held a variety of editing positions at The Detroit News, including a three-year stint as managing editor. In 2014, she was named the Society of Professional Journalists’ Educator of the Year. She’s won numerous other journalism education awards. The second edition of her textbook, “Everybody’s an Editor: Navigating Journalism’s Changing Landscape,” was published in 2014.

Training Partner:

ACES: The Society for Editing

ACES: The Society for Editing is a nonprofit education and membership organization working toward the advancement of copy editors. Its aim is to provide solutions to editing problems, training and a place to discuss common issues.

The organization is an international members’ alliance of editors working at newspapers, magazines, websites, traditional media outlets and Fortune 500 companies, as well as freelance editors, students and professors. It is an organization built on the advocacy of editing as a craft vital to clear writing and reader advocacy.