CONT202: Copyediting Standards 2


I use what I have learned in this course almost every day. It has given me the confidence to expand my areas of expertise and to take on extra work tutoring English.


As part of the Professional Editing Standards Certificate program, Copyediting Standards 2 moves beyond the mechanical aspects of copyediting to copyediting at the sentence and paragraph level. This course focuses on professional standards for the following topics:

  • implications of the audience, medium and purpose for any communication
  • how to revise paragraphs and sentences for clarity and coherence
  • editing at the language and word level to meet the needs of readers
  • considerations for visual and multimedia content, such as tables, figures, audio and video
  • how to communicate with authors and query effectively

Identify your strengths and gaps, learn to work to industry standards, and gain advanced knowledge and practice in copyediting at the sentence and paragraph level with the support of an expert editor.

The Chartered Institute of Editing and Proofreading (CIEP) recognises Queen's University Canada's courses as quality training that will count towards CIEP membership upgrade.


Course Schedule

Session Course Dates Registration Deadline Payment Deadline
Summer 2024 Jun 24, 2024 – Aug 09, 2024 Jun 14, 2024 at 4pm ET Jun 20, 2024 at 4pm ET
Fall 2024 Sep 30, 2024 – Dec 06, 2024 Sep 24, 2024 at 4pm ET Sep 26, 2024 at 4pm ET
Late Summer 24 Aug 12, 2024 – Oct 04, 2024 Aug 06, 2024 at 4pm ET Aug 08, 2024 at 4pm ET
Fall/Winter 2024 Nov 04, 2024 – Feb 07, 2025 Oct 29, 2024 at 4pm ET Oct 31, 2024 at 4pm ET
Late Winter 2025 Feb 17, 2025 – Apr 18, 2025 Feb 11, 2025 at 4pm ET Feb 13, 2025 at 4pm ET
Winter 2025 Jan 20, 2025 – Apr 04, 2025 Jan 14, 2025 at 4pm ET Jan 14, 2025 at 4pm ET

Summer 2024

  • Dates: Jun 24, 2024 – Aug 09, 2024
  • Deadline: Jun 14, 2024 at 4pm ET
  • Payment Due: Jun 20, 2024 at 4pm ET

Fall 2024

  • Dates: Sep 30, 2024 – Dec 06, 2024
  • Deadline: Sep 24, 2024 at 4pm ET
  • Payment Due: Sep 26, 2024 at 4pm ET

Late Summer 24

  • Dates: Aug 12, 2024 – Oct 04, 2024
  • Deadline: Aug 06, 2024 at 4pm ET
  • Payment Due: Aug 08, 2024 at 4pm ET

Fall/Winter 2024

  • Dates: Nov 04, 2024 – Feb 07, 2025
  • Deadline: Oct 29, 2024 at 4pm ET
  • Payment Due: Oct 31, 2024 at 4pm ET

Late Winter 2025

  • Dates: Feb 17, 2025 – Apr 18, 2025
  • Deadline: Feb 11, 2025 at 4pm ET
  • Payment Due: Feb 13, 2025 at 4pm ET

Winter 2025

  • Dates: Jan 20, 2025 – Apr 04, 2025
  • Deadline: Jan 14, 2025 at 4pm ET
  • Payment Due: Jan 14, 2025 at 4pm ET

Application Requirements

This course is applicable to intermediate and advanced editors of English (more than five years’) from all geographical locations. If you are new to the field of editing and are looking for an introductory course, we recommend CONT205: How to Copyedit. If you have some experience as an editor (less than five years’), you may enroll in this course and assess whether the course material matches your current skills. You have the option to withdraw from the course and receive a full refund if you do this by the course’s midpoint. View our refund policy here.


Course Materials

Download the course outline [DOCX]

Required course text:

Style: Lessons in Clarity and Grace, 11th edition (2014), by Joseph M. Williams and Joseph Bizup. Available at Amazon. This book is in its 12th edition but the course uses the 11th edition. The 12th edition is substantially similar.

Beginning in Late Winter 2022 session, CONT 202 will no longer require candidates to purchase a text as all resources will be available online.


Accommodations

Applicants who require special accommodations are asked to:

  • Contact us at least 1 week prior to the start of the course to allow enough time for appropriate accommodations to be made.
  • Provide necessary documentation upon request.