The Craft of Editing in Professional Contexts

Mondays, 6-7:30 p.m.
UA Campus
Class size
60 students

Whenever we write any kind of public text – be it a book, a report, a blog, or emails to multiple people – we do three things: plan it, write it, and revise it. This last stage, the revision, is perhaps the most vital since it is here where the text is refined and polished for readers. Editing is an important part of the polishing process – so important, in fact, that bestselling author Stephen King, in his book On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft, tells us that “to write is human, to edit is divine.” This course will introduce participants to editing not as a mechanical activity governed by a set of rules expressed in grammatical terms, but as a craft designed to make a written text more eloquent, comprehensible, and engaging – in short, “divine” – so that it resonates in some way with the people who read it. While some grammatical terminology will be used occasionally, we will discuss editing techniques in plain English and within a common-sense framework. Although we will focus primarily on editing within professional and business contexts, the content will be accessible for anyone who is interested in written expression. This course will equip participants with a critical “editorial perspective” as well as a discernible skill set they can draw from when revising their own writing or that of others.

Course Details


How to Register

Starting Monday, August 19, 2019, at 10 a.m. you can register online.

Refund policy

Refunds are available and need to be requested BEFORE the second class meeting (September 23). To drop a class, please contact Kerstin Miller at 520-621-5111 or  A $25 administrative fee for each cancellation will apply.


Location Details
Environmental and Natural Resources Building 2 (ENR2), Room S230. This room is wheelchair accessible and has an assisted listening system.

The Sixth Street Garage is immediately east of the classroom building. The garage is on the south side of the campus between Park and Highland Avenues. The hourly charge is $2 before 5 p.m. and $1 after 5 p.m. Please be aware that higher flat-rate fees may apply on game days or on the days of other special events. Visit parking & transportation for additional parking options and more information.