How to Edit Your Own Academic Writing

Step-by-step guidance on getting your writing ready for submission

Are you close to a full draft of your article, book, or thesis? Does it resemble a baggy monster that needs taming? If so, this course is for you.

Through activities and tutorials, you’ll learn techniques for getting your writing into shape.

By the end of the course, you’ll have a perfectly polished chunk of writing and a clear strategy for tackling the rest of it.

I break everything down to make it completely achievable.

Here’s what we’ll cover …


  • Hello & Welcome
  • ACTIVITY: What makes you happy as a reader?
  • The Three Stages of Editing

Editing Structure

  • Telling Your Story

Editing Content

  • Reverse Outlining
  • Signposting
  • Sentences
  • Words
  • Soliciting & Implementing Feedback

Editing Details

  • Proofreading
  • Hiring a Professional Proofreader
  • Using Software

Next Steps

  • Summary
  • Further resources


"Great course - even for those who feel fairly confident about editing their academic work, Catherine's course is really useful.”

"The course addressed a number of complex and necessary points in a simple, down-to-earth way. On top of that, I loved Catherine's pragmatic, gentle and considerate tone throughout - that helped me calm down amid the chaos of writing up my own PhD thesis."

Clear and concise online learning on this topic. Editing one's own writing can seem daunting and unachievable. This course breaks down the steps to undertaking robust editing and has given me greater confidence in editing my own work.

What you'll get

  • A video-based course for you to follow at your own pace. You can come back at any time.
  • Downloadable worksheets
  • Captions
  • Full transcripts
  • Links to further resources


This course costs £30 + VAT. The amount of VAT payable depends on your location and is applied at the checkout. We are legally obliged to charge this tax - sorry!

Institutions can buy blocks of 10 licenses for £250 + VAT. On receipt of a purchase order, we'll send you tokens for you to forward to your students. Please contact us if you'd like to purchase multiple licenses and we'll get back to you right away.