Course Description

1 Remote Session Course

When does specialized vocabulary become an impediment to communication? When do those words tip from politeness into mind-numbing prose? Learn to distinguish jargon and wordiness and how to edit them out. Participants will develop strategies for clarifying a range of manuscripts, from business and technical writing to short fiction and recipes.


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Students participating in Professional Studies non-credit courses must possess a minimum of a High School diploma and must be an adult age 18 or older. Non-credit courses are taken primarily by professionals seeking to develop new skills, broaden their expertise, and build a knowledge base for their professional or personal goals. No application is required. Simply enroll by adding a course to your shopping cart and follow the steps during the checkout process.

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Section Title
Copyedit: Edit for Concision
6:00PM to 9:30PM
Oct 19, 2022
Schedule and Location
Contact Hours
  • Emerson College
Delivery Options
Course Fee(s)
A614 tuition $125.00
Potential Discount(s)
Drop Request Deadline
Mar 24, 2022 to Oct 17, 2022
Transfer to a Different Course
No transfer request allowed after enrollment
Reading List / Textbook
  • The Copyeditor's Handbook, 4th edition, Amy Einsohn and Marilyn Schwartz (University of California Press)
  • The Chicago Manual of Style, 17th edition (University of Chicago Press): also available online at chicagomanualofstyle.org and through the Iwasaki Library
  • The Associated Press Stylebook and Briefing on Media Law, last edition; also available online at apstylebook.com/online and through the Iwasaki Library
  • Copyediting Workbook, available on Canvas
Section Notes
This is a synchronous course. It takes place from 6pm to 9:30pm EST via Zoom, and is being taught by Carol Parikh.
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