Copy Editing Certificate Programs

I lettered in English, was an English Sterling Scholar, and went to college for 2 semesters majoring in English. It was as I was sitting in Written Works 1800-1860 that I realized: How will this help me write my books? Do I need a degree to publish my books? Will all this debt be paid off once I’m published? So I stopped. Creative Writing would help. But Renaissance writing? No.

Since then I have discovered I would love to make Editing part of my career. Yet most Editor jobs request a Bachelors in Journalism, English or Communications. Now if you look at the courses you’d be taking, how much can you use in  your writing? To me I’d prefer to use the classes I’m paying for rather than just have the title to get me the job. So I am looking at online Copy Editing Certificate courses. I am stuck between 3 programs. I’ll post the best ones here that I’ve found based on cost, types of courses, and they are all completely online (so I am not looking at ones on campus). I need one I can do on the go whenever. So if you have an opinion share it! I’ll be picking one within the next month and I’ll post more later.

Here are the contenders:

Media Bistro Copy Editing Certificate


Copy Editing I

Copy Editing II

Copy Editing III

Grammar and Punctuation

2 Electives (2 included, others $350-$425 ea)

Advanced Grammar

Writing and Editing for the Web

Develop a Freelance Career

InDesign for Writers & Editors

Online Research for Journalists

UC San Diego Extension Copy Editing Certificate

$395 a class ($1580 for 4 required. Extra $ for electives)

Copy Editing I

Copy Editing II

Copy Editing III

Grammar Lab

Recommended Electives (unkn prices)

Editing as a Business

Marketing for Copy Editors

Web Skills for Editors

Intro to Scientific and Medical Editing

Social Media for Editors

I am torn because each program has their pros and cons. I want a certificate not only for the knowledge and confidence it would bring but also to show potential employers. Which of these would provide the most knowledge if quality were all equal (which I won’t know until I get in)? I’d say the one with the most classes? Media offers 6 classes for $1500. Not a bad deal. The program seems pretty all inclusive. Though what employers know what Media Bistro is? Where as UC San Diego is a real college (University of California San Diego) and my certificate might hold more weight. Though the classes are more expensive. Already $1580 for only 4 classes and Media Bistro claims to offer the same courses. So there they are. I’ll let you know what I end up picking and how the class goes. I’ll also let you know if it helps in my writing career so stay tuned!

14 Best Gifts for Writers

With the gift-giving season right around the corner, I figure I’d offer everyone a couple items to add to their wish list. I always ask for gifts to help me write. I admit I’m a procrastinator. I always say “I hate to write, I love to have written”. Course that isn’t entirely true. I don’t hate to write. It just takes a while to get me motivated. These are always great reminders that you have writing to do. Plus the more writer’s related gifts you get or the more items you get for any holiday the more you’ll feel like a writer and thus: you’ll write more! Yay!

Here are the Top 14 Gifts for Writers

14.   iPod + speakers
13.   Laptop Cooler
12.   New laptop bag
11.   Writer Mug (any mug with “Writer” printed on it)
10.   Writer T-Shirt (self designed with own clever writer saying or favorite quote)
9.   Book Signing Pen in Case (Reg pen in glass box for inspiration)
8.   Writing Self-Help Books
7.   Painting Set (to get creative when they don’t feel creative)
6.   Writer’s Magazine (like Writer’s Digest)
5.   Arc Notebook (customizable notebook!)
4.   Writing Classes/Seminar
3.   Kindle Fire (to help read and research on the go)
2.   Liquid Story Binder Novel Writing Software
1.   Laptop

As the gift giver, this list is exactly what should get you started for the writer in your life You won’t go wrong with any of these itmes. As for the writer’s reading, think of what you want. Think of what the writer in you wants. Make sure you always ask for at least one thing for the writer in you. Reward her/him too for all the work they do.