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Writing, Editing and Mediating

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The WEM track is an ideal stepping stone towards a career in the production of non-fiction writing, e.g.:

  • Editing
  • Publishing
  • Translation
  • Journalism

The WEM Master's track is an ideal stepping stone towards a career in:

  • Editing
  • Publishing
  • Translation
  • Journalism

Although the course is taught and assessed in English, many of its skills are generic and students have gone on to work in non-Anglophone settings.

  • Testimonial van Laura Kaai

    It's the combination of academic and practical perspectives that helps you prepare for a job.

    People used to ask me whether I wanted to become a teacher or a translator when I told them I studied English. “Neither,” was my response. I studied English because I wanted to become an editor, which is why the Master's track in Writing, Editing and Mediating was the logical next step.

    Right after graduation, two freelance opportunities came my way, so I decided to register my own freelance editing business, EditUp. As a freelance editor, I offer writing, editing and translation services in Dutch and English for both digital and print media. Clients include Noordhoff Uitgevers, Audi and SEAT.

    Considering the unpredictable nature of being a freelance editor, I also had a part-time job as a content editor at Oberst BV. After a year, I decided to hand in my notice to embark on a new adventure. I now work as a desk editor at SVH, developing educational books and tools for the hospitality industry. I also continue my freelance services for one day a week.

    The skills and knowledge I’ve acquired during my MA have proven incredibly useful. Even though I was taught in English, I am still able to transfer these skills to the Dutch language. I learnt how to think about language, how to think as an editor, and how to justify all my editing decisions. This practical approach is what I think makes this programme so valuable, even more so when you take the opportunity to do an internship. It’s this combination of academic and practical perspectives that helps you prepare for a job. In my view, this is the strength of the Master's track in Writing, Editing and Mediating.

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    – Laura Kaai
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