We all rely on the written word to communicate with clients, stakeholders, and the public. The text that we produce is our shopfront to the rest of the world. How can we ensure that the copy for our company reports, websites or marketing material is clear and well structured, or that we won’t be let down by spelling and grammar errors in our letters and emails?
This interactive course provides a practical introduction to the role of editing and proofreading digital or print content in any business. Specially created for those who generate or prepare copy for presentation or publication, but have little or no editorial background, it guides you through what needs to be done – and why. Using an active learning approach, combining individual study with group activities and discussion, it explores how best practice from the publishing industry can be adapted to your own working environment.
By the end of the course you will have gained skills and strategies that will help you to ensure that the text you produce is in the best possible shape for its intended readers. You will be more confident in your editorial judgement, more accurate in your proofreading, and more efficient in the way you work.
Who is it for?
What will you achieve?
On completing this course you'll be able to:
Session 1: What do we mean by editing and proofreading?
Session 2: Getting the message across and fixing the words
Session 3: Consistency, style and communication
Session 4: Ways of working efficiently
The course consists of four x 1.5 hour units plus breaks, comprising two half-day sessions on two separate days. You will be encouraged to complete a 'homework' exercise between the two sessions and bring it along for discussion.
You will need access to a computer or laptop with a camera and microphone and with Microsoft Word and Adobe Acrobat Reader DC (or similar) installed. Adobe Acrobat Reader DC is free software for downloading, viewing and commenting on PDFs. You will need to activate a free Zoom account to join the course. This takes two minutes and does not require any payment. It is purely for administrative purposes.
Any information to be completed beforehand will be sent via email.
“The course was interactive and well led. I’ve gained editing tips for applications including MS Word and Adobe.” James Hambro & Partners delegate
“Caro was an engaging tutor. Immediate gains include proofreading/editing strategies and grammar advice.” Content and Learning Specialist
“The course was well run and I enjoyed Caro’s teaching style. I will have better processes going forwards with lots of new tips.” Co-founder and Project Lead, Good Beans
“I thoroughly enjoyed the course. The tasks were great and the breakout rooms really helpful to discuss our thoughts. I'm more confident doing the QA work in my role and more aware of the areas that I'm less confident about.” Content and Learning Specialist
“I loved the course! It was fun and informative. I’ve gained confidence in my proof-editing skills and good direction for further improvements.” Marketing Manager, McNeela Music
In an in-house career that took her to Berlin, London, Oxford and Cambridge, Caroline worked on a wide range of academic books, journals and illustrated trade titles. She was trained at Blackwell and Cambridge University Press, where, as senior subeditor then copy-editorial manager, she in turn trained copy-editors and proofreaders for fifteen years. She updated Butcher’s Copy-editing, with a colleague, for the fourth edition.
Now freelance, Caroline enjoys helping authors to get things right, first time. She has created and taught courses for a variety of clients, including publishers, educational organisations, the CIEP (formerly the SfEP), the reporters of the Scottish Parliament and the Parliamentary Research Service at the House of Commons.
Tuesday, 16 April 2024
Tuesday, 05 November 2024
A number of discounts are available
To join the course, you will need access to a computer or laptop with a camera and microphone. You will need to activate a free Zoom account to join the course. This takes two minutes and does not require any payment. It is purely for administrative purposes.