Flex Training Description:
This course concentrates on editing recipes.
Many of the procedures for editing cookbooks are applicable to editing other kinds of books in which a list of components and a series of steps are given. Examples include books on home improvement, crafts, and gardening projects.
This course does not cover basic copyediting rules and procedures, and it does not explain common terms that copyeditors are expected to know. Terms such as serial comma, second pass, style sheet, and compounds are used without definitions or examples. If you are unfamiliar with these terms, please consider taking a basic copyediting course before plunging into this course.
Materials and Supplies:
When you enroll, you will receive a coursebook, a packet of self-review sheets for mini exercises, and two send-in assignments. We will work in Microsoft Word.
In the course, you’ll first read and absorb some general information. Then you’ll read about a specific element in a recipe and practice editing it with a mini exercise. You’ll correct the mini exercise yourself using self-review materials. After that, you’ll read about another topic, perhaps look over a sample edit of that element, and do a mini exercise.
Midway through the course, you’ll complete a full-recipe assignment that you’ll send to the instructor for review. Next you’ll read and absorb more topics and examples, do and self-correct one more mini exercise, and finally complete a second, more complex recipe assignment and send to the instructor to review and return.
Assignments must be completed and returned by June 1, 2019.
Patricia Heinicke Jr. has worked as a publishing professional for over 20 years, first in acquisitions at a small scholarly press and then as a freelance copyeditor, developmental editor, writing coach, and ghost writer. Her clients include authors of scholarly books and articles, biomedical abstracts and posters, and self-published memoirs. She has taught courses and workshops on copyediting, grammar, and other topics at Editcetera, UC Berkeley Extension, and Media Alliance and for corporate clients in the Bay Area and beyond.