Editing Mastery: How To Edit Writing To Perfection

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6.5 hours course
Course by Udemy
$ 129.99
$ 129.99
What will you learn?
You will know how top editors do their magic
You will be able to professionally edit almost any type of nonfiction writing
You will improve your own writing exponentially
About the course

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, known 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



"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. 

The Magic Of Deep Editing
Where you will learn the deep editing paradigm
What Is Deep Editing?
Where you will be introduced to the concept of deep editing
The Deep Editing Framework
Where you will get to know the four layers of deep editing
How This Is Going To Work
Where you will learn how to get the most out of this course
The Content Edit
Where you will learn how to deep edit the content in a piece of writing
What is the territory of the piece?
Where you will learn how to become familiar with the material you are about to edit
Sample article
What is its ultimate purpose?
Where you will learn to identify the intention of the piece of writing you're editing
What are the individual points?
Where you will learn how to identify and separate every single point in a piece of writing 
DEMONSTRATION: Breaking up the points
Where you will see how I identify and separate points in a piece of writing
Does every point make sense?
Where you will discover how to evaluate the points in a piece of writing for meaning
DEMONSTRATION: Making sense of each point
Where you will see how I evaluate points in a piece of writing for meaning
  • 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.
Shani Raja
Shani Raja
Ex-Wall Street Journal editor
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