Indexing 101


Have you thought about learning to index books? Have you written a book and are thinking about indexing the book yourself? Do you index books but would like a refresher course? In this class, we will review the fundamentals and theory of indexing. Once those items are understood, we will put our new-found knowledge into practice by indexing a portion of a book.

This specialized course is designed for those who are in the indexing industry or who want to become freelance indexers. Add the course to your résumé, strengthen your skills, and learn how to run your indexing business like a professional.


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Instructor: April Michelle Davis

Format: This is the Group Instruction format. This course will be conducted via Google groups.

Prerequisite: There are no prerequisites for this course.

Level: Beginner

Base price: $149 (members of The Christian PEN receive discounts)

Course length: This course is 6 weeks long; it begins on July 10, 2017, and runs until August 14, 2017.

Registration deadline: July 17, 2017

Certificate of Completion: Upon completion of this course, students will earn a course certificate.

Required Texts: A Guide for the Freelance IndexerChicago Manual of Style (16th edition)

Course Overview:

  • Writing an Index
  • Organizing the Index
  • Setting up an Index Entry
  • Editing the Index
  • Dealing with Content
  • Working with Electronic Tools
  • Becoming the Total Professional


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