The question of what one has to do to become an editor or lecturer, is asked me several times a year. Mostly by young people who are enthusiastic about the German language or who have just completed an internship in a publishing house and are now interested in the profession.

However, there is no clear answer to this question: the career path is not regulated.

There is neither a teaching nor a study that you have to complete in order to practice the profession. The term “editor” or “lecturer” is also not protected. Ultimately, everyone can call themselves that, which makes the search for a good editor for a good editor not easy for authors.


But back to the question of the beginning, which I would like to answer first of all not with the reference to a specific training path, but to the skills that a lecturer should have.

Become a lecturer or lecturer

What does an editor have to do?

In my eyes she or he needs

  • excellent knowledge of spelling and grammar,
  • a good voice,
  • the ability to empathize with both a writer and an author as well as their readership,
  • a broad general knowledge,
  • a high degree of precision,
  • Patience, patience and patience again.

And finally she or he should read a lot – bookworms and bookworms are particularly common in this guild. If you do not like to read a lot – and also in your free time! – does not bring in my eyes the requirements for the profession. As in any other profession, regular training is also part of this, if you want to maintain high standards. And a good sense of language has to be nourished by reading good lyrics.

How important is a degree program if you want to become a lecturer?

Depending on what the lecturer specializes in, studying as a prerequisite for practicing this profession certainly makes sense. If someone corrects bachelor’s, master’s, doctoral, or other scholarly publications, I think it is essential that he or she has written several papers.

Anyone who lectures on fiction will be well served by studying German or studying literature. Anyone who specializes in the editing of legal publications will do this work best if he or she is familiar with legal relationships, sources and above all specialist terminology.

At the same time, of course, there are texts that do not require specific expertise. These include customer magazines, flyers or even websites, provided these are addressed to a broad public. In these cases it is sufficient if the lecturer brings the above-mentioned (basic) prerequisites.

PS: If you are a lecturer or lecturer, and the article might give you the idea that you could apply in the writing workshop, I’ll have to disappoint you. I do not want to expand my little team. If you are interested as a lecturer or lecturer at a counter lecture (for example, because you are still at the beginning of your professional career), you can contact us.

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