ERIC Number: ED239284
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983
Reference Count: 0
Training the Technical Editor.
Cathcart, Margaret E.
The demand for skilled technical editors is growing as society places increasing emphasis on receiving accurate, concise, and complete technical data. Since many organizations do not have inhouse programs for training technical editors, a need exists to provide inexperienced people with basic editing skills. One organization has developed two classes to meet this need. The first class, "Introduction to Technical Editing," is designed to provide an understanding of the publication process and basic editing skills. Editing skills are approached from a pyramid process: exercises and lectures move from simple concepts, such as shortening phrases and sentences and rewriting sentences for syntactical purposes, to more complex concepts, such as rewriting paragraphs and short articles. The student is also exposed to the requirements and uses of graphic and tabular material and to the editor's responsibilities to the writer, audience, and management. The second class, "Advanced Technical Writing," is designed to provide advanced editing skills. It emphasizes the various types of editing and their appropriate uses, but also offers sessions on paragraphing techniques, language usage, and the preparation of abstracts, summaries, and titles. Other topics covered in the course include the editor-writer relationship, the publication process, and publication management. (Author/FL)
Descriptors: Course Content, Course Descriptions, Editing, Industrial Training, Inplant Programs, Inservice Education, Production Techniques, Publications, Skill Development, Staff Development, Technical Writing, Training Methods, Writing Skills
Not available separately; see CS 208 075.
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A