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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. 

The course content is regularly revised and updated, to ensure that it stays on top of current trends and systems in publishing. 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.


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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 Enrol on this course

Please read our Terms & Conditions
Next session 1: 24 June 2024 | Session 2: 26 June 2024 | Session 3: 28 June 2024


Monday, 24 June 2024

Monday, 09 September 2024

Monday, 21 October 2024

Monday, 25 November 2024

A number of discounts are available

Date information for future sessions

June 2024

  • Dates: 24, 26 & 28 June 2024
  • Times: Each session will run from 9.30am to 2.00pm 
  • Tutor: Caroline Knight

September 2024

  • Dates: 9, 11 & 13 September 2024
  • Times: Each session will run from 9.30am to 2.00pm 
  • Tutor: Caroline Drake

October 2024

  • Dates: 21, 23 & 25 October 2024
  • Times: Each session will run from 9.30am to 2.00pm 
  • Tutor: Caroline Knight

November 2024

  • Dates: 25, 27 & 29 November 2024
  • Times: Each session will run from 9.30am to 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.