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

Colossians 3:23 (NIV)


The PEN Institute started in September 2016 as a part of the Christian Editor Network, which was renamed in 2022 to Christian Editors Association. Education has always been a key part since the inception of The Christian PEN in 2004, but the courses and number of students have increased so much that education developed into its own entity.

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), and One-on One Instruction (one-on-one learning with the instructor).

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