Rewriting and Substantive Editing (Non-Fiction)


Some content requires more than just a quick copy-edit . . .

This course combines practical exercises with group discussion and will help you assess and improve such texts efficiently and effectively. 

You’ll work on your own, in pairs and as a group to analyse the stylistic problems of different types of text, look at a range of solutions and adjust presentation and organisation to guarantee effective communication.

Between the two sessions you will be asked to look at a longer piece of writing and assess how you would set about editing or rewriting it.

The result? New skills and techniques that you can use to tackle future problems.

Please note that almost all the example texts are drawn from non-fiction or educational publishing; this course is unlikely to meet the needs of someone who works exclusively on fiction. 

Who is it for?

Editorial staff and freelancers, working on non-fiction, who are comfortable with the basic copy-editing process but who want to extend their skills or who need to rewrite text.

What will you achieve?

On completing this course you’ll be able to:

  • assess and explain why a piece of writing doesn’t work
  • develop and present strategies for improving pieces of writing
  • adjust the level and tone of a piece of writing
  • apply the techniques learnt to any text to make it clearer and more accessible


 Identifying problems and considering solutions 

  • Adjusting the level of a piece of writing
  • Maintaining the author’s voice
  • Pooling strategies for longer texts
  • Pros and cons of bullet points
  • Approaches to cutting text
  • Editing text written in English as a second language
  • Considering jargon and specialist vocabulary 
  • Final discussion and queries


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Session 1:16 November 2022 | Session 2: 23 November 2022 (mornings only)

Wednesday, 16 November 2022

A number of discounts are available

Course format

  • Virtual classroom
  • 9am to 12.30pm 
  • Four x 1.5 hour sessions plus breaks, comprising two half-day sessions on two days, one week apart

Date information for future sessions


  • Dates: 16 & 23 November 2022
  • Times: Each session will run from 9.00am-12.30pm 

A number of discounts are available

Enrol on this course

What you will need

To join the course, you will need access to a computer or laptop with a camera and microphone. You will need to activate a free Zoom account to join the course. This takes two minutes and does not require any payment. It is purely for administrative purposes.





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