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.  

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 Non-Publishers more suitable.

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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. 


The course offers a unique learning approach that combines self-study and a two-day classroom group course:

Self-study: 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.

Classrom course: 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


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.


  • 03 December 2019
  • 29 January 2020
  • 03 March 2020
  • 18 May 2020
  • 23 June 2020
  • 28 September 2020
  • 20 September 2020
  • 02 December 2020


A number of discounts are available

Delegate feedback: 

“This course was amazing. I learnt so much in just two days and I feel much more confident about copyediting and proofreading.”

Editorial Manager, Cat Nip Publishing

“Caroline Knight is the ideal teacher! Her delivery of the content, willingness to answer every query and positive encouragement made the course both professionally valuable and highly enjoyable. I will certainly recommend it to others in my position.”

Research Editor, Oriel Square

“I have consolidated my knowledge and skills as well developing new skills and my confidence. Caroline was a wonderful tutor and went above and beyond to be helpful. The venue and facilities were excellent.”

Roots for Churches delegate

“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

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


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