Eight-Step Editing: A Systematic Approach to Improving Readability

Presenter: Elizabeth d'Anjou
 Number of sessions: 2

Length: Two 90-minute sessions
Language: English
Level: Introductory
Member price: $122.50
Non-Member price: $175.00

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This webinar demonstrates how to identify common obstacles that can reduce a reader’s ability to understand and engage with a text—and how to fix them. Attendees will leave with a “toolkit” of practical techniques for improving a piece of writing. These techniques can be applied to a wide range of informational documents, including reports, memos, articles, summaries, proposals, observations, analyses, instructions, web content, and more.

For seasoned editors, who tend to apply these techniques intuitively, Eight-Step Editing provides a useful review and a systematic approach. It also offers a way to look more objectively at a piece of writing with the reader’s experience top of mind, and provides a guide for focussing energy in projects where resources (time, money, attention) are limited. For novices, who may struggle to know how to begin, Eight-Step Editing offers an objective starting point and proven techniques to apply as they develop their skills.

As a result of attending this webinar, attendees will be able to

  • identify and solve eight common readability problems, including overly long sentences, wordiness, and low-energy verbs
  • apply a systematic approach to improving a text, making stylistic edits more efficiently and effectively

Elizabeth d'Anjou

In over 20 years as a freelance editor, Elizabeth d’Anjou has edited trade books, textbooks, academic articles, memoirs, government reports, games, and more. She teaches copy editing for Ryerson University and presents communications workshops across Canada.

Twitter: @ElizdAnjou