“Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart,
as working for the Lord.”

Colossians 3:23 (NIV)


The PEN Institute started in 2004 as a part of The Christian PEN: Proofreaders and Editors Network, which began when founder Kathy Ide had a vision to create a community for Christian editors. Education has always been a key part of The Christian PEN, but the courses and number of students have increased so much that education developed into its own entity, The PEN Institute.

We provide training for beginning copyeditors and proofreaders as well as established editors. Visit Career Tracks for our suggested courses of study.


The PEN Institute features online courses, offering learning opportunities for freelance editors, in-house editors at publishing houses, and early readers/editors who work for agents in the Christian industry. We now offer three options for courses. Each will be available as Digital Curriculum (without feedback), Group Courses (scheduled throughout the year and taught via forums), One-on One Instruction (one-on-one learning with the instructor),and Individual Mentoring.

Our courses offer instruction in topics such as editing, grammar, business, and publishing. Our instructors are experienced industry professionals. Visit various option pages to see our current listing of courses or Join Our Team to become an instructor.

Equipping Christian Editors with Education