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Progress in Editorial Skills: Copy-Editing and Proofreading

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Following on from Introduction to Editorial Skills: Copy-Editing and Proofreading, this intermediate-level course takes print and digital copy-editing and proofreading knowledge to the next level, instilling confidence in dealing with the trickiest of editorial challenges. 

Anyone who already has some publishing experience, knowledge of proofreading and copy-editing, or has completed the introductory course, will find this an invaluable way to develop their skills further. Building on the basics, the course offers guidance on more technical editorial tasks, such as working with tables, illustrations, references and bibliographies.

Regularly revised and updated, Progress in Editorial Skills: Copy-editing and Proofreading is up-to-date with the latest editorial developments. The three tutors are all well-respected editors in the industry, with a wealth of experience.

Who is it for?

Anyone who already has some experience of working in book or journal publishing and wishes to build on their existing copy-editing and proofreading skills, including editors, project editors, production editors and managing editors.

This course will be of particular help to those who have already completed Introduction to Editorial Skills: Copy-Editing and Proofreading.

What will you achieve?

After completing this course you will be able to:

  • apply copy-editing and proofreading skills to a variety of publishing contexts confidently and methodically
  • understand the editorial process from cover to cover
  • tackle tables, illustrations, notes, references and indexes efficiently
  • liaise effectively and knowledgeably with authors, freelancers and others involved in the publication process
  • develop sound editorial judgement
  • understand how editorial decisions have an impact on project budgets and schedules

CIEP members: This course earns 4 upgrade points for attendance.



  • Approaching complex editorial tasks
  • Finer points of consistency and house style
  • The parts of a book
  • Thorny problems of grammar and syntax
  • Tables and illustrations
  • Notes, references and bibliographies
  • Indexes
  • Preliminary pages
  • Permissions, copyright and other legal issues
  • What’s new at proof stage?
  • Finer points of layout and design
  • Effective mark-up on PDF or paper
  • Honing your judgement
  • Copyfitting
  • Effective communication with authors and colleagues

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. These will be complemented by group discussion and expert guidance and feedback from our highly experienced PTC tutors.

Is Progress in Editorial Skills the right course for me?

  • Do you understand the basic role of a copy-editor and a proofreader and the differences between them?
  • Do you know what to look out for when copy-editing or proofreading?
  • Do you have a basic knowledge of consistency, house style and editorial conventions?
  • Do you have a working knowledge of Word and Adobe Acrobat and some familiarity with correcting proofs on PDF or paper?

If you can answer ‘yes’ to these questions, you are ready for Progress in Editorial Skills. If not, we recommend you consider Introduction to Editorial Skills first.

Those not working in book or journal publishing might find Editorial Skills for All more suitable.

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Please read our Terms & Conditions
Session 1: 23 September | Session 2: 25 September | Session 3: 27 September


Monday, 23 September 2024

Monday, 02 December 2024

A number of discounts are available

Date information for future sessions

September 2024

  • Dates: 23, 25 & 27 September 2024
  • Times: Each session will run from 9.30am to 2.00pm 
  • Tutor: Sarah Sodhi

December 2024

  • Dates: 2, 4 & 6 December 2024
  • Times: Each session will run from 9.30am to 2.00pm 
  • Tutor: Caroline Drake 

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.