Introduction to Editorial Skills: Copy-Editing and Proofreading

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Introduction to Editorial Skills offers new editors the opportunity to learn proofreading and copy-editing skills. You will be given expert editorial advice and the opportunity to practise the key skills of the proofreader and copy-editor across a range of different types of content, for both print and digital output. 

Revised and updated in summer 2020, this flagship course has been converted into a virtual classroom format. The three tutors are all well-respected editors in the industry with a wealth of experience.

Once you have taken this course, you will have the foundations on which to build a successful editorial career.


Who is it for?

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.

Students wishing to start a publishing career with formal training in editorial skills and individuals who have to proofread and copy-edit as part of their job.

What will you achieve?

On completing this course you will:

  • have a clear sense of what you are trying to achieve when editing or proofreading a document
  • understand your editorial responsibilities 
  • see how your role fits in with others involved in the publication process
  • comprehend the substance of, and differences between, copy-editing and proofreading


The course promotes active learning through a blended approach of self-study and three online group sessions. 

You will learn through a range of short and longer exercises, on-screen and offline completed independently or in small-groups, supported by group discussion and expert guidance and feedback from our highly experienced PTC tutors.

Introductory materials:

An introductory pack will be sent to delegates before the course. The pack includes a comprehensive self-study module written by Jane Buekett which provides an introduction to:

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


You will learn to identify and fix:

  • poor structure
  • ambiguity
  • repetition and redundancy
  • poor grammar or punctuation
  • inappropriate or non-inclusive language

You will also learn:

  • why consistency is important
  • what editorial conventions, house style and job-specific style are, and why they matter
  • how to make and record their own style decisions 
  • how to approach copy-editing methodically and strategically
  • how to follow a brief
  • where to to turn for further help and guidance


You will also learn how to proofread effectively:

  • layering
  • slow reading
  • judging how much to change
  • marking proofs clearly and efficiently with BSI and PDF mark-up
  • distinguishing editorial corrections, layout and queries 
  • where to turn for further advice on BSI and PDF mark-up

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Please read our Terms & Conditions
Session 1: 13 September (9.30am-2pm) | Session 2: 14 September (9.30am-2pm) | Session 3: 16 September (9.30am-2pm)

Tuesday, 13 September 2022

Monday, 17 October 2022

Monday, 21 November 2022

Monday, 12 December 2022

A number of discounts are available

Date information for future sessions

September 2022

Please note that the days are different for this session - training will be delivered on a Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday.

  • Dates: 13, 14 & 16 September 2022 
  • Times: Each session will run from 9.30am-2.00pm 
  • Tutor: Sarah Sodhi

October 2022

  • Dates: 17, 19 & 21 October 2022
  • Times: Each session will run from 9.30am-2.00pm 
  • Tutor: Caroline Knight

November 2022

  • Dates: 21, 23 & 25 November 2022
  • Times: Each session will run from 9.30am-2.00pm 
  • Tutor: Caro Drake

December 2022

  • Dates: 12, 14 & 16 December 2022 
  • Times: Each session will run from 9.30am-2.00pm 
  • Tutor: Sarah Sodhi
Course format
  • Virtual classroom
  • 9.30am to 2.00pm 
  • Six x 1.5 hour sessions plus breaks, comprising three half-day sessions on three days

 A number of discounts are available

 Enrol on this course

What you will need

You will need access to a computer or laptop with a camera and microphone and with Microsoft Word and either Adobe Acrobat Reader DC (which is free) or Adobe Acrobat Professional installed. Please check that you have the latest version of Adobe Acrobat Reader.

To join the course, you will need to activate a Zoom account. This takes two minutes and does not require any payment. It is purely for administrative purposes.

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