Editorial Skills for Business

This practical course introduces the role of editing and proofreading content in any business. It has been developed to meet the needs of all organisations that generate and prepare copy for presentation or publication in digital or print formats. The course explains what needs to be done, and why, and the basics of marking up on paper and working on-screen.

Using a blended learning approach, delegates will download and complete a pre-course exercise, to become engaged with the new skills straight away. The work will then be brought to the classroom training session, to stimulate discussion and aid improvement. Model answers will enable trainees to gauge their progress.

Who will benefit from this course?

  • Editorial staff at publishers, charities, membership organisations, or any business with some publishing function
  • People responsible for, or who work on, corporate communications
  • In-house administrators who brief editorial freelancers and/or who are involved in quality control.


Enrol on this course

Learn how to…

  • understand the editorial process from start to finish
  • identify and fix ambiguity, poor grammar and structure
  • achieve consistency through a house style
  • communicate effectively and knowledgeably with clients, writers, designers, programmers and any other stakeholders.


Session 1: What does an editor do?
Overview of editing, proof-editing and editing for the web
Differences between editing and proofreading

Session 2: Getting the message across and fixing the words
Organisation and structure
Grammar and punctuation
Legal considerations

Session 3: Consistency and style
Pre-course exercise
Consistency and house style
Global changes and find and replace

Session 4: Ways of working
Strategies for editing on paper and on screen
Proofreading on paper and on PDF

Communicating with clients, authors and other stakeholders

Consolidation and discussion.


Course Director

Caroline Drake


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 one-day course


  • 01 March 2018
  • 04 October 2018


A number of discounts are available

Delegate feedback:

"Sarah the trainer was excellent - clearly communicating the objectives and engaging the class in learning."
Sheffield University delegate, 2017

"The course content and service on the day was excellent, with a good balance of input and practical exercises, and some very useful handouts."
Alzheimer's Society delegate, 2017

"I feel that I now have the skills to promote myself as a freelance proofreader. The certificate will show prospective employers that I am trained to industry standard. I also feel more confident ... The teaching was exceptional. There was space to ask questions and they were answered in a very helpful, practical way. The location was lovely, and so was the lunch! I also think that having a small group was conducive to a better learning experience."

Freelance delegate, March 2015

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