Editorial Style

Course Content

  1. What is editorial style?
  2. The core areas of editorial style
  3. Making editorial style decisions
  4. The editorial style sheet
  5. Using the editorial style sheet

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Learning outcomes

At the end of this module you will:

  • define "editorial style" and "house style", and distinguish these from other uses of the word "style" in publishing terminology
  • identify items in a script for which an editorial style decision is needed
  • make appropriate editorial style decisions, based on the readership for, and content of, the publication
  • set up an editorial style sheet and record decisions clearly, to promote consistent treatment of the text during copy-editing and beyond

How does the course work?

Editorial Style has five units. Across the five units there are 12 exercises each having a model answer and commentary for self-assessment. 


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This e-Learning Module was developed with the support of the Unwin Charitable Trust.



Study Time

Five to seven hours with eight months access to the module.

Related Courses

PTC e-Learning Modules are concentrated, online courses that focus on specialist topics relevant to an editor's working life. They are designed to build on a foundation of existing skills and experience.

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