Become A Pro at Copy Editing Course Outline

Learn how to Become a Pro at Copy Editing with the new online course that has been created by a professional editor!

Throughout the course, you will gain an insight into what professional copy editors look for when editing a manuscript, and you will learn how to copy edit your own work so that it is ready for literary agents or self-publication.

This course will introduce you to new techniques used that are used by professional editors, which will assist you in becoming a better writer and copy editor.  

Each chapter focuses on something different with various activities and assignments to complete, so make sure you have a pen and paper at hand. The course has no deadline, so feel free to work at your leisure and take as much time as you need. 

Course Outline



After a brief introduction to the course, you will learn about what copy editing is in more detail, and you will be taught the difference between copy editing, line editing, and proofreading. By the end of the introduction, you will have more of an idea of what copy editing involves, and the role of different editors. 

Module 1: New Lines, Paragraphs and Scene Breaks


In Module 1, you will learn when you should begin new lines, paragraphs and scene breaks within a manuscript. This chapter will cover areas such as narration and dialogue, flashbacks and visions, single-line paragraphs, and much more! By the end of this module, you will be more confident about when to begin new lines, and scene breaks in your own writing. 

Module 2: Show vs Tell

In Module 2, you will learn how to spot telling in your writing, what kind of sentences tell instead of show, and how to transform your work into an engaging piece that shows instead of tells. This chapter will cover adverbs, character appearances and expressions, feelings and emotions, locations and atmosphere, and the weather. By the end of this module, you will be equipped with the knowledge and techniques to rework your manuscript into an engaging piece. 

Module 3: Grammar 

In Module 3, you will be educated on the difference between the active and passive voice and how to make passive sentences clearer, more concise and more direct. You will also be provided with a 50-page PDF document that highlights the most common grammar mistakes writers often make. 


Module 4: Punctuation


In Module 4, you will be provided with a 15-page PDF document that highlights the most common punctuation marks and how to use them. 


Module 5: Consistency

In Module 5, you will gain an insight into what areas of writing need to be consistent, why they need to remain consistent, and how you can maintain consistency. This chapter will cover writing style, tense, capitalisation, spelling, and dates and numbers. By the end of this chapter, you will be more educated on the different types of consistency, and how you can make your own writing shine. 

Module 6: Clarity 

In Module 6, you will learn about the different types of repetition, how to spot it in your own writing, and how to revise repeated words, character descriptions, and information. You will also learn why it is important to avoid lengthy sentences, and how to rework them in your own work. 


Final Assignment 

Using the knowledge and techniques you have learnt throughout this course, you will be required to produce a fictional or non-fictional piece that expresses your understanding. As many writers excel at different writing styles, you will have two choices for this assignment: fiction or non-fiction. This piece should be between 500 and 5000 words, but it must demonstrate the elements requested in each option, which will be provided when you reach this part.