Line-editing workshop

esa 2020

NewThis new course is designed for editors working on fiction or non-fiction who have to undertake a stylistic line edit of a manuscript or text. It is an interactive workshop, with examples and group discussion to reinforce your skills. You will learn what a line edit is, and how to undertake one, including best practice and advice on interacting and working with an author to produce the best results possible.

Who is it for?

Editors (freelance or in-house) working on fiction or non-fiction texts

What will you achieve?

On completing the course you will:

  • Understand what a line edit is (and what it isn’t)
  • Learn what the main elements of a line edit are and how to apply them
  • Gain tips and advice on how to interact and communicate with an author about a line edit


  • Overview – What is line editing? Why undertake a line edit? What is the aim of a line edit?
  • Key foci of a line edit
  • Fresh approach – put yourself in the author’s shoes
  • Communicating with the author
  • Dos and don’ts
  • Questions and comments

How the course is delivered

The course is broken down into two sessions, with a break in between. It will run during the morning from 9.30am to 12.30pm. To join the course, you will need access to a computer, tablet or laptop with a camera and microphone. The course will be delivered via Zoom Pro with attendant security levels. 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.


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If you have any concerns about technical requirements or access, please contact us on    or telephone (+44) 020 8874 2718.

Delegate feedback

“I enjoyed the course very much and have gained an understanding of the difference between line editing and copyediting.” Editor, Rachael Prest Editing/Our Media

“Very informative and useful session. The Literary Consultancy delegate

I really enjoyed [Heather’s] method of teaching and the general flow of the class.”  The Literary Consultancy delegate

About the tutor

heather cushingHeather Rawlin began her career in publishing by training with the PTC to become a proofreader and copy-editor. She worked for six years as an editorial project manager for a firm of typesetters, taking academic publications from manuscript through to print-ready and digital formats, and liaising closely with freelance copy editors, proofreaders and indexers, as well as with the in-house production team of typesetters and quality-assurance readers. Heather started her editorial freelance business in 2015 and began tutoring the PTC distance-learning courses Essential Copy Editing and Essential Proofreading in 2018. She has degrees in the History of Art and experience of editorial work in medical and scientific publishing, as well as the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences.

11 June 2024 (morning only)


Tuesday, 11 June 2024

Tuesday, 03 December 2024


Date information for future sessions

In-person or via Zoom, one half day, including breaks

June 2024

  • Dates: 11 June 2024
  • Times: The session will run from 9.30am to 12.30pm 

December 2024

  • Dates: 3 December 2024
  • Times: The session will run from 9.30am to 12.30pm 

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