Working with Writers: How Editors Can Improve Words, Author Relationships and the World

$50.00

Working with Writers: How Editors Can Improve Words, Author Relationships and the World

Treat yourself to a cozy, personal session from one of the nation’s most renowned writing coaches and editors — Steve Padilla of the Los Angeles Times. Learn his top tricks for editors when it comes to establishing a trusting relationship with writers, working with them effectively to improve copy for readers, and keeping the polish on all the writing you come across as an editor. This course was updated in November 2023. It can be taken independently or as part of the Poynter/ACES Intermediate Certificate in Editing.

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Overview

  • This self-directed course will take about 1-2 hours to complete.
  • Take this course independently or as part of the ACES Intermediate Certificate in Editing.
  • Get a look at the standard operating procedures for one of America’s best-known writing coaches
  • Learn how to establish trust with writers and be an effective coach from day one
  • Get best practices on when to coach vs. when to fix
  • Learn how to deal with writers who are resistant to change
  • Examine specific techniques for improving copy across a variety of methods
  • Learn the best methods for eliminating extra words
  • Consider how to challenge writers to do their best work

$50.00

Learning Outcomes

In this course you will:

  • Develop a personalized method for working with writers that is positive and fruitful.
  • Learn from one of the nation’s leading writing coaches about his techniques and tips.
  • Examine examples of good work that were made great through coaching.
  • Establish yourself as a trusted ally to writers.
  • Improve your long-term relationships with writers.

$50.00

Overview

  • This self-directed course will take about 1-2 hours to complete.
  • Take this course independently or as part of the ACES Intermediate Certificate in Editing.
  • Get a look at the standard operating procedures for one of America’s best-known writing coaches
  • Learn how to establish trust with writers and be an effective coach from day one
  • Get best practices on when to coach vs. when to fix
  • Learn how to deal with writers who are resistant to change
  • Examine specific techniques for improving copy across a variety of methods
  • Learn the best methods for eliminating extra words
  • Consider how to challenge writers to do their best work

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This course will provide editors concrete steps to make copy sharper and to help writers grow. It does so by addressing three basic topics:

  • How to establish trust.
  • How to improve existing copy.
  • How to challenge writers going forward.

These techniques are not designed for beginners, students or even bad writers. Nor do they only work for journalists. These are the techniques Steve Padilla of the Los Angeles Times uses any time he writes or edits.

The relationship between editor and writer is sacred, and in this course you’ll hear top suggestions for approaching this relationship with reverence from the outset.

Once editors have done their due diligence to create trust and rapport, we’ll offer myriad nuts-and-bolts suggestions that serve as best practices for improving the actual copy itself.

Finally, we learn that writers certainly can thrive with good coaching, but there’s a lot they — and editors — can do to hone their craft.

General information

This is a self-directed course; you may work through it at your own pace. It should take about 1-2 hours to finish.

This course consists of a series of videos, text lessons, and pop-up activities that test your knowledge. Activities within the course have right and wrong answers, but these activities are for practice only and will not impact your completion of the course.

To complete each course, you must pass a test at the end that consists of 10 questions. You will have 20 minutes to complete each course test once they have begun. You must answer at least eight of the 10 questions correctly to gain a score of 80% or higher to pass the course and get credit toward the certificate.

You are allowed three attempts to pass the evaluation at the end of each course.

If you are still unable to pass the evaluation with an 80% or better after three attempts, please contact our customer service department at info@poynter.org.

This course is part of the Poynter/ACES Intermediate Certificate in Editing, though it can be taken on its own, independently of the certificate. The certificate consists of seven courses, seven end-of-course tests and an overall final assessment covering material from all seven courses.

To earn the Intermediate Certificate, you must pass a final assessment at the end of all seven courses.

The certificate’s final assessment consists of 30 questions drawn from material throughout all seven courses. You will have one hour to complete this final certificate assessment and three chances to pass with an 80% or better.

If you are still unable to pass the final assessment with an 80% or better after three attempts, please contact our customer service department at info@poynter.org.

We recommend that before starting the Intermediate Certificate, you first complete the Poynter/ACEs Introductory Editing Certificate, though it is not a prerequisite.

Questions?

If you need assistance, email us at info@poynter.org.

Once you enroll in this online course, you can start any time and take the lessons on your own schedule.

The course outline is as follows:

Introduction
Lesson 1: How to establish trust (nine topics)
Lesson 2: Tips for editors on improving copy (nine topics)
Lesson 3: How to challenge writers going forward (five topics)
Conclusion: Reaching for High C
Working with Writers tip sheet
Working with Writers assessment

Who should enroll

This course is intended for editors who work with writers and who want to help them improve copy, relationships and readership. It’s designed for editors who oversee a big team of writers and those who only work with a handful.

There are no prerequisites for this course.

We recommend, however, that if you are taking this course as part of the ACES Intermediate Certificate in Editing, that you first complete the Poynter/ACES Introductory Certificate in Editing.


Cost
: $50.00

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