How do I choose a course?

Because everyone learns differently, we offer three options for most of our courses.

  • Digital Curriculum—This option includes the lesson material in PDF format. There is no group interaction, homework assignments, or instructor feedback. Purchase and download the course material to learn anytime, anywhere at your own pace. Be sure to check out the Digital Curriculum Bundles, several related curriculums bundled together at a discount.
  • Group Instruction—This option includes the lesson material, optional homework, additional instructor handouts, an email group to learn from other students, and direct feedback from the instructor. Group Courses are scheduled throughout the year and administered via Groups.io.
  • One-on-One Instruction—This option includes the lesson material, homework assignments, additional instructor handouts, and individual mentoring from the instructor. This option is available throughout the year and scheduled directly with the instructor.

Course Designation—All courses are placed into one of four levels:

  • Basic—These are introductory courses. All levels of editors, especially beginners, may be interested in these courses. There are no prerequisites.
  • Intermediate—These courses may be appropriate for beginner editors but are geared toward intermediate editors; they may have prerequisites.
  • Advanced—These are advanced courses and have prerequisites.
  • Some courses have no designation. This are specialty courses, which don’t offer further levels of learning.

Questions about what type of course is best for you? Email Director@PENinstitute.com.

Boot Camp 401 courses are unique. They are designed to give students real-life experience editing material. They are hands-on courses to give you confidence and experience in 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.