Introduction to Editorial Skills: Copy-Editing and Proofreading

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Introduction to Editorial Skills has been created in collaboration with some of the UK's major publishing houses, to offer a comprehensive introduction to modern publishing processes and the key publishing skills of copy-editing and proofreading.

Introduction to Editorial Skills offers new editors the opportunity to learn proofreading and copy-editing skills, on screen and on paper, in tandem. The course also offers a post-course assessment. 


Introduction to Editorial Skills includes expert editorial advice and practice covering the key skills of proofreader and copy-editor across a range of different types of content, for both print and digital output. 

Who will benefit from this course?

Individuals working in book or journal publishing, in-house or freelance, wishing to develop copy-editing and proofreading skills, including editorial assistants, copy-editors, desk editors and production editors. In addition, students wishing to start a career in publishing with formal training in editorial skills, as well as those who have to proofread and copy-edit as part of their job.

Those not working in book or journal publishing might find Editorial Skills for Business more suitable.


Enrol on this course

Learn how to…

  • use the key skills of copy-editing and proofreading for various different types of content
  • understand how different methods of working impact the modern editorial workflow
  • appreciate how the roles of the copy-editor and proofreader fit within today's publishing process.

SfEP members: this course earns four upgrade points for attendance and a further two points for a pass in the post-course assessments.


The course offers a unique three-step blended learning approach that combines self-study, a two-day classroom group course, and distance learning assessment:

Step 1: Pre-course pack download. Includes a comprehensive self-study module written by Jane Buekett providing an introduction to:

  • publishing workflows
  • copy-editing and proofreading on-screen and on hard copy
  • BSI standard marks for proof correction, and exercises to complete.

Step 2: Two-day classroom course which includes feedback on the pre-course exercises, intensive workshops, further practice working on-screen and on paper, group work, and expert guidance from highly-experienced PTC tutors.

  • Day 1: Copy-editing

Copy-editing, proofreading and the difference between them
Discussion of pre-course exercise and any questions on the course
What does a copy-editor do?
Editorial conventions and communications
Copy-editing in different formats

  • Day 2: Proofreading and the parts of a book

What does a proofreader do?
Proofreading in different formats
Typographical conventions and other considerations
Start to finish: other parts of the book

Step 3: PQB certified assessment by distance learning with assessments to be completed either on-screen or on paper.

Introduction to Editorial Skills is a springboard to Progress in Editorial Skills and many of the PTC's other more specialised editorial courses, such as  Advanced Copy-Editing.

Course Director

Caroline Drake
Caroline Knight
Sarah Sodhi


Venue Information

Our short courses are run at a variety of venues in Central London. Information and directions can be found on our Contact Us page. Please check your Joining Instructions for your specific course venue.

Note that most of our short courses can also be run as In-Company events.

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A two-day course
Date shown below is the first day of the course. The course runs over two consecutive days.


  • 30 September 2019
  • 03 December 2019


A number of discounts are available

Delegate feedback: 

“The course was excellent, massively useful, interesting and gratifying. I have gained innumerate benefits and am able to do my job much more effectively, with a thorough appreciation of my duties.”

The Institute of Engineering and Technology delegate, October 2018

 “I have gained confidence in looking at texts and making changes or spotting things to change.” Langham Publishing delegate, October 2018

“The course was excellent. I really enjoyed the fast-paced exercises and good mix of people. Caroline brought so much valuable experience to share.”

Mailasail delegate, October 2018

“I really enjoyed the course and would recommend it to anyone starting out in publishing. All the practical elements helped me take in everything as I find it easier to learn by doing it. The course leader was brilliant as well, so knowledgeable and approachable. Felt like she really cared about what she was teaching us.”

Yale University Press delegate, October 2018


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