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Editing Mastery: How To Edit Writing To Perfection

The Deep Editing Secrets Of The World's Best Editors
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Platform: Udemy
Video: 6h 32m
Language: English
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FROM THE CREATOR OF THE BESTSELLING, Writing With Flair: How To Become An Exceptional Writer…
Want to become an outstanding editor?
Most editors do a fine job of fixing up the spelling, grammar, punctuation, and typos in a piece of writing.
It takes a different skill level to turn dry, disorganised, and clunky prose into writing that is beautifully organised and bursting with life and energy.
Imagine having that power over your own writing. 
Enter, deep editing
Editing Mastery introduces you to a technique the author calls deep editing, familiar only to an inner circle of exceptional editors.
It offers a systematic way of editing that reliably transforms almost any piece of nonfiction writing into magnificent, sparkling prose.
The deep editing technique forces you to consider every aspect of a document, ensuring that quality gets embedded into each and every pore of the writing. 
“It takes a genius to make the complex and difficult look exceedingly easy and simple and Shani Raja is one such case. I learned so much from him that even though I spent my life in journalism, I never learned as much from anyone as I did from him. Highly recommended…” — GLORIA LINDA ABELL, UDEMY STUDENT
“I’m crafting better content than ever…” — PAULO ARMI, UDEMY STUDENT
“The editing process is beautifully simplified…” — SUMAN PRABHU, UDEMY STUDENT
“A remarkably simple and clear process to edit writing…” — JIM CANTONI, UDEMY STUDENT 
“Satisfies a writer’s hunger for certainty that his work will garner a five star ranking…” — GREG STONE, UDEMY STUDENT
“The most professionally produced training I’ve seen on Udemy …” — DANIEL HARRIGAN, UDEMY STUDENT
“My experience while doing this Deep Editing course has been one of sheer delight…” — ROSALIE PRINTER, UDEMY STUDENT
“Every lesson is gold…” — MEGHAN BLOOD, UDEMY STUDENT
“Excellent for anyone who wants to learn about clarity, simplicity, and elegance in writing…” — AGATA T SZCODRAK, UDEMY STUDENT
“Half an hour into this course, and I am less overwhelmed…” — KATEY NIXON, UDEMY STUDENT
“Brilliant content and structure…” — JESS MELAS, UDEMY STUDENT
“A very lean and methodical way to edit a document…” — DANA PETERSON, UDMEY STUDENT
“A genius teacher…” — TRISH ELLIS, UDEMY STUDENT
“Will help editors of every level…” — DSDAVIS, UDEMY STUDENT
“A realistic perspective on different editing techniques…” — CHAE CLARK, UDEMY STUDENT
“Concise and practical…” — AUROSHREE MAJUMDAR, UDEMY STUDENT
“A process we can follow for all our writing…” — JOAN SALANITRI — UDEMY STUDENT
“Shani’s courses are simply the best when it comes to real life, practical, applicable writing…” — ALICIA ADAMS, UDEMY STUDENT
The deep editing method will set you apart from other editors — whether you’re editing a book, a blog, an essay, or business writing of some type.
It will also help you self-edit your own writing to its full potential.
[NOTE: Having Adobe Acrobat may make doing the editing exercises in the course slightly easier, as assignments are provided only in PDF form.]
Trade secrets 
Among the few who know how perform this sort of advanced surgery on writing are senior editors on top newspapers, who spend their days turning raw copy into captivating stories for millions of readers.
I’ve worked for several such newspapers, including The Wall Street Journal, where I was employed as a senior editor and writing coach for some years.
Once you learn these deep editing secrets, you won’t just be a competent editor. You’ll become a masterful one.
Having these skills will enhance your own writing exponentially, too, as you begin incorporating deep-editing techniques into your work naturally.
Your books, blogs, essays, emails, or website copy will shine like never before. 
What is deep editing?
The system basically has four stages. First, you edit the content of a piece of writing. Then you edit the structure. Next, you edit for style. And finally, you focus on the presentation. 
By concentrating on those layers one at a time, your edit will be thorough — and the writing as a result will look spectacularly polished.
•You make sure every point in a piece of writing is unique, makes perfect sense, is factually correct, and is worth keeping.

•You organise all the points into an orderly narrative that flows elegantly from start to finish.


•You make sure all the ideas are expressed as simply, clearly, elegantly, and evocatively as possible.  

•You fix any mistakes and inconsistencies that create a bad look for any type of professional writing.

In this premium course, I’ll guide you through each stage of a deep edit so the process becomes second nature to you. 

You’ll be editing a piece of writing right along with me. I chose this interactive method to help you get to the top of the learning curve of deep editing in the fastest possible time.
The writing you’ll be working with will be very flawed and difficult to edit. But with my help, you’ll move step by step toward making it read brilliantly.
Supreme confidence and competence
Once you know how to deep edit, you’ll know how to make any type of writing reach its full potential.
You’ll come out of this course a much more proficient and confident editor, as well as a much better writer.


Shani Raja is a veteran journalist who has edited for The Wall Street Journal and contributed to The Economist, the Financial Times, and Bloomberg News, among other top news organisations. He has trained dozens of prominent journalists in the craft of writing, including at The Wall Street Journal. Shani’s flagship course, Writing With Flair, has long been the bestselling writing course on Udemy, with many tens of thousands of passionate students learning how to become elite writers. 

You will learn

✓ You will receive an Editing Mastery Certificate of Completion after finishing the course.
✓ You will discover how top editors create captivating copy for millions of readers every day.
✓ You will learn how to professionally edit almost any type of nonfiction writing.
✓ You will learn the tricks of the trade from an experienced ex-Wall Street Journal editor.
✓ You will learn how to self-edit your writing to an immaculate standard.
✓ You will discover how to effortlessly create spellbinding writing.
✓ You will learn how to confidently improve the content, structure, style and presentation of a piece of nonfiction writing.
✓ You will learn a method and tools that will set you apart from other editors.


• You will need a desktop computer or laptop to perform editing exercises
• Having Adobe Acrobat will make doing editing exercises easier, since assignments are provided in PDF form.

This course is for

• Anyone who wants to become a professional editor
• Anyone who is already an editor and wants to raise their game
• Anyone who wants to dramatically enhance their own writing by self-editing
Ex-Wall Street Journal editor
                                         Shani Raja teaches top journalists how to improve their writing and has written and edited for some of the world’s biggest news organizations, including The Wall Street Journal, The Economist, Financial Times and Bloomberg News. Shani has also taught advanced writing skills to professionals and edited for leading global companies from Microsoft and IBM to PwC. He also teaches journalism to undergraduates. 
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Platform: Udemy
Video: 6h 32m
Language: English
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