Editing Mastery: How To Edit Writing To Perfection
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Editing Mastery: How To Edit Writing To Perfection

The Deep Editing Secrets Of The World's Best Editors
Bestselling
4.6 (337 ratings)
Instead of using a simple lifetime average, Udemy calculates a course's star rating by considering a number of different factors such as the number of ratings, the age of ratings, and the likelihood of fraudulent ratings.
5,346 students enrolled
Created by Shani Raja
Last updated 10/2016
English
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Includes:
  • 6.5 hours on-demand video
  • 27 Supplemental Resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • You will know how top editors do their magic
  • You will be able to professionally edit almost any type of nonfiction writing
  • You will improve your own writing exponentially
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Requirements
  • You will need a desktop computer or laptop to do your editing exercises on
Description

FROM THE CREATOR OF THE BESTSELLING, Writing With Flair: How To Become An Exceptional Writer...

Want to become an outstanding editor?

Most editors do a fine job of fixing up the spelling, grammar, punctuation, and typos in a piece of writing.

It takes a different skill level to turn dry, disorganised, and clunky prose into writing that is beautifully organised and bursting with life and energy.

Imagine having that power over your own writing. 

Enter, deep editing

Editing Mastery introduces you to a technique called deep editing, known only to an inner circle of exceptional editors.

It offers a systematic way of editing that reliably transforms almost any piece of nonfiction writing into magnificent, sparkling prose.

The deep editing technique forces you to consider every aspect of a document, ensuring that quality gets embedded into each pore of the writing. 

"I'm crafting better content than ever..." -- PAULO ARMI, UDEMY STUDENT

"The editing process is beautifully simplified..." -- SUMAN PRABHU, UDEMY STUDENT

"A remarkably simple and clear process to edit writing..." -- JIM CANTONI, UDEMY STUDENT 

"Satisfies a writer's hunger for certainty that his work will garner a five star ranking..." -- GREG STONE, UDEMY STUDENT

"The most professionally produced training I've seen on Udemy ..." -- DANIEL HARRIGAN, UDEMY STUDENT

"My experience while doing this Deep Editing course has been one of sheer delight..." -- ROSALIE PRINTER, UDEMY STUDENT

"Every lesson is gold..." -- MEGHAN BLOOD, UDEMY STUDENT

"Excellent for anyone who wants to learn about clarity, simplicity, and elegance in writing..." -- AGATA T SZCODRAK, UDEMY STUDENT

"Half an hour into this course, and I am less overwhelmed..." -- KATEY NIXON, UDEMY STUDENT

"Simply awesome..." -- GOPINATH CHANDRA, UDEMY STUDENT

"Brilliant content and structure..." -- JESS MELAS, UDEMY STUDENT

"A very lean and methodical way to edit a document..." -- DANA PETERSON, UDMEY STUDENT

"A genius teacher..." -- TRISH ELLIS, UDEMY STUDENT

"Will help editors of every level..." -- DSDAVIS, UDEMY STUDENT

"A realistic perspective on different editing techniques..." -- CHAE CLARK, UDEMY STUDENT

"Very impressed..." -- MICHAEL JORDAN, UDEMY STUDENT

"Concise and practical..." -- AUROSHREE MAJUMDAR, UDEMY STUDENT

"A process we can follow for all our writing..." -- JOAN SALANITRI -- UDEMY STUDENT

Shani's courses are simply the best when it comes to real life, practical, applicable writing..." -- ALICIA ADAMS, UDEMY STUDENT

The deep editing method will set you apart from other editors -- whether you’re editing a book, a blog, an essay, or business writing of some type.

It will also help you self-edit your own writing to its full potential.

Trade secrets 

Among the few who know how perform this sort of advanced surgery on writing are senior editors on top newspapers, who spend their days turning raw copy into captivating stories for millions of readers.

I've worked for several such newspapers, including The Wall Street Journal, where I was employed as a senior editor and writing coach for some years.

Once you learn these deep editing secrets, you won't just be a competent editor. You'll become a masterful one.

Having these skills will enhance your own writing exponentially, too, as you begin incorporating deep-editing techniques into your work naturally.

Your books, blogs, essays, emails, or website copy will shine like never before. 

What is deep editing?

The system basically has four stages. First, you edit the content of a piece of writing. Then you edit the structure. Next, you edit for style. And finally, you focus on the presentation

By concentrating on those layers one at a time, your edit will be thorough -- and the writing as a result will look spectacularly polished.

STAGE 1: THE CONTENT EDIT

  • You make sure every point in a piece of writing is unique, makes perfect sense, is factually correct, and is worth keeping.


STAGE 2: THE STRUCTURE EDIT

  • You organise all the points into an orderly narrative that flows elegantly from start to finish.


STAGE 3: THE STYLE EDIT

  • You make sure all the ideas are expressed as simply, clearly, elegantly, and evocatively as possible.  


STAGE 4: THE PRESENTATION EDIT

  • You fix any mistakes and inconsistencies that create a bad look for any type of professional writing.


In this premium course, I'll guide you through each stage of a deep edit so the process becomes second nature to you. 

You'll be editing a piece of writing right along with me. I chose this interactive method to help you get to the top of the learning curve of deep editing in the fastest possible time.

The writing you'll be working with will be very flawed and difficult to edit. But with my help, you'll move step by step toward making it read brilliantly.

Supreme confidence and competence

Once you know how to deep edit, you'll know how to make any type of writing reach its full potential.

You'll come out of this course a much more proficient and confident editor, as well as a much better writer.

ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR 

Shani Raja is a veteran journalist who has edited for The Wall Street Journal and contributed to The Economist, the Financial Times, and Bloomberg News, among other top news organisations. He has trained dozens of prominent journalists in the craft of writing, including at The Wall Street Journal.

Shani's flagship course, Writing With Flair, has long been the bestselling writing course on Udemy, with many tens of thousands of passionate students learning how to become elite writers. 

The course has been featured in TIME magazine, Business Insider, and on the Fox News website. His more advanced Ninja Writing course is also highly regarded and continues to attract sparkling reviews.

Praise for WRITING WITH FLAIR

"Simply amazing class..." -- SONIE SANDHU, UDEMY STUDENT

"Better than any course I took in college..." -- ANNA TIERNEY, UDEMY STUDENT

"If you are looking for a writing course that is outstanding look no further...-- MATT SPRENGER, UDEMY STUDENT

"Worth more than the months I slaved over books and other online writing courses..." -- CONOR WELLMAN, UDEMY STUDENT

"I considered myself a decent writer before taking this course..." -- MIA TURPEL, UDEMY STUDENT

"As a published author I have taken no less than 10 courses in improving my own writing skills. This is, by far, the best..." -- ALICIA ADAMS, UDEMY STUDENT

"Be ready for some enlightening stuff..." -- MARTIN TONEVSKI, UDEMY STUDENT

"Helps fine tune your writing and take it to another level..." -- NISHANT BHIDE, UDEMY STUDENT

"Best writing course I've ever taken. Worth ten times the price..." -- HARBANS, UDEMY STUDENT

"Shani knocks it out of the park..." -- JOHN MICHAEL BARNETT, UDEMY STUDENT

"Stunning course... delivered masterfully..." -- PEDRO CARROGGIO ZOIO, UDEMY STUDENT

"Among the most useful I've ever had the privilege of taking..." -- FRANS DU PLESSIS, UDEMY STUDENT

"Improved my writing in ways that cannot be expressed..." -- REMCO BOERMA, UDEMY STUDENT

"Writing stopped being a chore..." -- VENKAT DINAVAHI, UDEMY STUDENT

"A breath of fresh air for my writing..." -- DARRYL, UDEMY STUDENT

"Delivery and explanations were perfect..." -- CHRISTOPHER, UDEMY STUDENT

"Presented with great passion and understanding..." -- BRYAN SUHARLY, UDEMY STUDENT

"Will improve your skills even if you only write post-it notes..." -- HECTOR RUBIO, UDEMY STUDENT

Who is the target audience?
  • Anyone who wants to become a professional editor
  • Anyone who is already an editor and wants to raise their game
  • Anyone who wants to dramatically enhance their own writing by self-editing
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Curriculum For This Course
57 Lectures
06:29:18
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The Magic Of Deep Editing
3 Lectures 19:51

Where you will be introduced to the concept of deep editing

Preview 09:32

Where you will get to know the four layers of deep editing

Preview 01:28

Where you will learn how to get the most out of this course

How This Is Going To Work
08:51
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The Content Edit
17 Lectures 01:36:37

Where you will learn how to become familiar with the material you are about to edit

What is the territory of the piece?
04:35

Sample article
08:22

Where you will learn to identify the intention of the piece of writing you're editing

What is its ultimate purpose?
01:23

Where you will learn how to identify and separate every single point in a piece of writing 

What are the individual points?
01:27

Where you will see how I identify and separate points in a piece of writing

DEMONSTRATION: Breaking up the points
19:38

Where you will discover how to evaluate the points in a piece of writing for meaning

Does every point make sense?
01:17

Where you will see how I evaluate points in a piece of writing for meaning

DEMONSTRATION: Making sense of each point
08:37

Where you will learn how to weigh the points in a piece of writing for relevance

Preview 02:19

Where you will see how I evaluate the points in a piece of writing for relevance

DEMONSTRATION: Deleting irrelevant points
02:19

Where you will learn how to test the worthiness of every point in a piece of writing

Is every point worthwhile?
01:42

Where you will see how I evaluate the worthiness of every point in a piece of writing

DEMONSTRATION: Eliminating rambling
10:24

Where you will learn how to identify pointless repetition in a piece of writing 

Is every point unique?
01:17

Where you will see how I identify and remove pointless repetition in a piece of writing

DEMONSTRATION: Getting rid of repetition
15:58

Where you will discover how to fact-check a piece of writing

Are all the “facts” correct?
02:16

Where you will see how I fact-check a piece of writing

DEMONSTRATION: Verifying the “facts”
09:15

Where you will learn how to identify anything that may be missing from a piece of writing

Is anything missing?
01:19

Where I will show you how I go about identifying anything that may be missing from a piece of writing

DEMONSTRATION: Adding in missing information
04:29
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The Structure Edit
8 Lectures 47:44

Where you will learn to identify the basic perspective in a piece of writing 

What is the ”angle”?
05:17

Where I show you how I identify and create the basic perspective of a piece of writing

DEMONSTRATION: Choosing your angle
04:27

Where you will learn to break up a piece of writing into useful categories

What are the key sections?
02:54

Where I show you how I identify useful categories in a piece of writing

DEMONSTRATION: Creating categories
08:57

Where you will discover how to elegantly arrange the categories in a piece of writing 

What is the narrative structure?
01:36

Where I show you how I elegantly arrange the categories in a piece of writing

DEMONSTRATION: Creating a narrative
12:56

Where you will learn how to organise the points within each category elegantly

Are the points ordered elegantly?
01:33

Where I show you how I order points within each section of a piece of writing

DEMONSTRATION: Ordering points within sections
10:04
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The Style Edit
16 Lectures 01:17:40

Where you will learn how to create smooth transitions between the categories in a  piece of writing

Is there narrative definition?
03:00

Where I show you how I create smooth transitions within a piece of writing

DEMONSTRATION: Creating narrative “turns”
06:58

Where you will learn about the importance of making the points in a piece of writing read well

Does it read well?
03:36

Where I show you how I make the points in a piece of writing read well together

DEMONSTRATION: Making the piece read well
24:49

Where you will learn how to identify clutter that spoils the reading experience

Is there any clutter?
00:51

Where I show you how to clear up the clutter in a piece of writing

DEMONSTRATION Clearing up the clutter
05:02

Where you will learn to place the points in a piece of writing into neat paragraphs 

Are the paragraphs in good shape?
01:28

Where I show you how I create neat paragraphs

DEMONSTRATION: Arranging paragraphs
04:30

Where you learn about the importance of creating good introductions

Could it start better?
02:52

Where I show you how I create good introductions

DEMONSTRATION: Creating a jazzy intro
05:21

Where you learn about the importance of creating good endings

Could it end better?
01:40

Where I show you how I create good endings

DEMONSTRATION: Creating a snazzy ending
03:44

Where you learn about the importance of making the writing as evocative as possible

Can we make it more evocative?
01:15

Where I show you how I make a piece of writing more evocative

DEMONSTRATION: Adding colour to the narrative
04:09

Where you learn about the importance of introducing people and organisations appropriately

Is every person and entity correctly introduced?
00:46

Where I show you how I introduce people and entities tidily

DEMONSTRATION: Tidy references
07:39
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The Presentation Edit
8 Lectures 43:07

Where you will learn to edit for grammar, spelling, punctuation, and typos

Is the spelling, grammar, punctuation respectable?
02:42

Where I show you how I edit for grammar, spelling, punctuation, and typos

DEMONSTRATION: Taking care of the basics
06:42

Where you learn to match headlines to text

Do the headlines and text square up?
02:02

Where I show you how I match headlines and text

DEMONSTRATION: Title matching
05:44

Where you learn to ensure consistency throughout a piece of writing

Is everything consistent?
02:52

Where I show you how to notice and fix inconsistencies in a piece of writing

DEMONSTRATION: Fixing inconsistencies
02:47

Where you learn about the tactic of reading the edited piece aloud 

Read out loud
01:43

Where I show how to read an edited piece aloud to make any final "catches"

DEMONSTRATION: Addressing trip-ups
18:35
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Conclusion And Bonuses
5 Lectures 01:44:19

Where I refresh for you the long journey travelled

Congratulations! You are an elite editor!
04:31

Where I give you some more exercises to embed the learning received

Some final exercises
02:03

Where you discover my 9-step quick-editing system for turning around a fast edit

BONUS VIDEO: My 9-Step Quick Editing System
57:49

Where I show you in more detail how to edit for style

BONUS VIDEO: How To Edit For Simplicity, Clarity & Elegance
38:45

Where you will discover how to get my other premium courses at a great price

HOW TO GET MY OTHER COURSES FOR DIRT-CHEAP
01:11
About the Instructor
Shani Raja
4.4 Average rating
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136,231 Students
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Ex-Wall Street Journal editor

Shani Raja teaches top journalists how to improve their writing and has written and edited for some of the world's biggest news organizations, including The Wall Street Journal, The Economist, Financial Times and Bloomberg News. Shani has also taught advanced writing skills to professionals and edited for leading global companies from Microsoft and IBM to PwC. He also teaches journalism to undergraduates.