Edit-MasterclassWorkshops and mentoring for experienced book editors

Learn from established book editors and receive individual feedback and peer support through workshops, forums and online course material. This course improves skills and expands opportunities for experienced editors already working in publishing.

The Editing Masterclass develops the skills of mid-career editors, focusing on the expertise needed to work on book-length manuscripts.

In this masterclass, established book editors mentor students through work on real book manuscripts. The course offers individual feedback, peer support and collaboration. It is delivered through workshops, online discussion groups, and course material especially developed in the context of the New Zealand book trade.

Students will finish this course with the skills to take their editing work to a new stage and realistic feedback on their strengths and weaknesses.


Programme outline

The Editing Masterclass covers the following topics:

  • Appraising manuscripts in terms of the intended reader, the publisher’s requirements and the author’s intentions
  • Assessing and working with structure, organisation and content
  • Analysing voice and tone, working with literary skills and devices
  • The types and levels of editorial intervention necessary for different genres, purposes and contexts
  • Collaboration and negotiation, particularly for working with authors

The programme involves two intensive face-to-face workshops, supplemented by online course material and independent work on a book manuscript.


More information

Diploma in Publishing (Applied)
Editing Masterclass
Graduate Certificate in Editing
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Whitireia Publishing
Level 3, 65 Dixon Street

Main Campus
Wi Neera Drive
Porirua City 5240

Programme Leader
+64 4 237 3103

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