Being an Effective Editor: Creating a Climate where Writers Thrive
Editors and writers often have an adversarial relationship. Writers resent having their work edited and editors/managers think writers are too sensitive. It doesn’t need to be that way. Managers become mentors when they create an atmosphere where writers are encouraged and where they feel they are growing.
Many PR professionals and corporate communicators are promoted to positions where they suddenly find themselves responsible for improving the quality of writing their staff produces. With no training or preparation for the role of editor, they scramble to understand how to help people improve.
Topics to be covered:
- Understand your role as a coaching editor
- Create an environment where writers feel valued
- Work collaboratively so that the writer does most of the work
- Build the writer’s confidence
- Deliver criticism without alienating the writer
- Connect with the writer three times during the writing process.
- Improve your editing and proofreading skills
Here are a few questions we will address:
- How can I find the time to nurture my writers?
- How do I handle seasoned writers who think they don’t need an editor?
- How often should I have individual conversations with people about their writing?
- If a draft needs major changes, should I rewrite it myself to save time?
- If I begin to read a draft and quickly see grammatical errors, should I fix them?
What are the most important elements of writing I should be looking for when I edit? To learn more or to get details on pricing and schedules, please complete our contact form or call 207-232-7563.