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

July 2018

“The course was excellent with fantastic tutor. She made sure no-one had any unresolved queries and kept things focussed!” 

Student delegate, July 2018

 I can now approach both copyediting and proofreading in a more formal, structured way, which means I'm less likely to make mistakes.” OUP delegate, July 2018

June 2018

“I found the handouts very useful. I now have them on my desk at work and refer to them regularly as they outline a number of helpful rules in a clear and concise manner.”

Make Believe Ideas delegate, June 2018

"The service I received before and during the course has been brilliant. (The tutor) was an excellent tutor; she was very encouraging and patient, and it was obvious she had a wealth of knowledge. A very enjoyable and useful two days."
Cancer Research UK delegate June 2018

March 2018

“All was perfect.”

Educational Consultant, March 2018

"(The tutor) was honestly so incredible. She was obviously incredibly knowledgeable but was able to communicate this without seeming as though she was talking down at all."
Freelance delegate March 2018

"I thoroughly enjoyed the course. (The tutor) is an excellent teacher and I would recommend to others in the industry."
Harper Collins delegate (In-Company Training), March 2018

I enjoyed having to copy-edit and proofread many texts as this improved my skills and knowledge. I enjoyed having Sarah, she was well informed in the area and was very accommodating with each of us coming from different publishing houses.”
Sage Publishing delegate, March 2018

January 2018

“The blend of digital and hard-copy practise work really put this course over the top. The course leader addressed the place of freelance copy-editors and proofreaders in publishing and the role of editorial staff in-house. I came away with a better understanding of my industry and how I can contribute to it (as well as a host of useful tips and tricks for editing). I would strongly recommend this course as an essential for all editorial staff.”

Osprey Publishing delegate, January 2018

“…a fantastic teaching style that made the course accessible and welcoming. I cannot think of a way to improve it.”
Osprey Publishing delegate, January 2018

“I enjoyed the course very much. It was really handy that (the tutor) had worked both in house and as a freelancer. She could really give both points of view and that was really good.”
Osprey Publishing delegate, January 2018


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