Flexible Learning for the Busy Professional

Want to become a professional editor in the Christian industry? Or perhaps improve your skills and expand your portfolio?

The PEN Institute offers online courses in three formats: Group Instruction, One-on-One Instruction, and Lesson Packs (self-guided study). Webinars, Mentoring, and Second Pass services are also available. 

Dozens of Courses Available

Our online courses give you the opportunity to learn wherever you are and whenever is most convenient for you!

Whether you are just beginning your editing career or are looking for an advanced class to update your skills, we have courses for you. Courses are scheduled all throughout the year. Because our courses are online and extremely flexible, we have students from all across the world attend The PEN Institute.

 

Group Courses

Group Courses include the lesson material, optional homework, additional instructor handouts, a group forum to learn from other students, and direct feedback from the instructor. Group courses are scheduled throughout the year and administered via Google Groups.

One-on-One Instruction

This option includes the lesson material, homework assignments, additional instructor handouts, and one-on-one mentoring from the instructor. 

Boot Camp Courses

Boot Camp 401 courses are unique; they are designed to give you real-life experience editing material. They are hands-on courses to give you confidence and experience editing. There are no lessons—only editing exercises that are reviewed by an experienced editor who will give you feedback.

Ideally, students should take the 101, 201, and 301 track of courses before registering for a Boot Camp course. 

Individual Mentoring

Working with a mentor who is an experienced professional can help guide you through your editing journey. Mentors provide knowledge and guidance, as well as help stimulate personal and professional growth. With individual mentoring, you work personally with your fiction or nonfiction mentor for one-hour sessions at a time. 

Lesson Packs

Lesson Packs include the lesson material in pdf format for self-guided study. There are no group interaction, homework assignments, or instructor feedback provided with the Lesson Packs. Purchase and download the course material to learn anytime, anywhere.

Lesson Pack Bundles

Lesson Pack Bundles are three or more Lesson Packs purchased together for a savings of 10 percent. 

Webinars

Webinars are downloadable videos and do not include instructor feedback. Students will be given access to the videos within 24 hours of purchase. 

Second Pass

This service will provide feedback to the editor about an editing project. Any editor, regardless of experience level, can submit a ten-page edit as a Microsoft Word document, complete with Track Changes and Comments, and receive an evaluation of their work. 

Our professional editors will help you move to the next level in your business by giving you the confidence to continue and recommending further education as needed.

Testimonials

Read the reviews of former students who have strengthened their editing careers by taking courses at The PEN Institute.

 

"Thank you for your willingness to work with so many people at so many different stages of learning how to do this work excellently. I appreciate very much your graciousness in teaching and sharing from your years of experience."

"The courses are worth much more than the price. During the first course I took, I added my first clients, and now I feel very confident about moving forward. The course built my confidence, showing where my instincts were right, and it pointed me to areas I had not thought about, showing me where my instincts were missing or defective."

“This class was everything I hoped for! I have a much clearer picture of what each type of editing entails, types of clients, and necessary resources. The group format was great for accountability, encouragement, and getting to know others on this journey with me. Getting the instructor's experienced and encouraging feedback was an incredible blessing!”

"These courses are truly excellent. I’d highly recommend them to anyone possibly interested."

"The lessons are written clearly. Personal experiences from the instructor made the lessons practical and applicable."

"The interaction between the participants was something I especially enjoyed, and I know that’s a unique advantage to this network."

"A lot of things were covered that I hadn’t even considered, and I’m looking forward to reviewing and putting these tools into practice."

"Each lesson was fully explained and had very relevant homework assignments, culminating with a practice edit along with feedback of the edits."

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