Editorial Skills for All

esa 2020


This practical course introduces the role of editing and proofreading content in any business. It has been developed to meet the needs of all organisations that generate and prepare copy for presentation or publication in digital or print formats. The course explains what needs to be done, and why, and the basics of marking up on paper and working on-screen.

Using a blended learning approach, you will have to download and complete a pre-course exercise. You will need to bring this work to the virtual classroom, where it will be discussed and improved during a training session. Model answers will show you how you are progressing.

This course was previously called 'Editorial Skills for Non-Publishers'.

Who is it for?

  • Editorial staff at publishers, charities, membership organisations or any business with some publishing function
  • People responsible for, or who work on, corporate communications
  • In-house administrators who brief editorial freelancers and/or who are involved in quality control


What will you achieve?

On completing this course you’ll be able to:

  • Understand the editorial process from start to finish
  • Identify and fix ambiguity, poor grammar and structure
  • Achieve consistency through a house style
  • Communicate effectively and knowledgeably with clients, writers, designers, programmers and any other stakeholders


Session 1

  • Overview of editing, proof-editing and editing for the web
  • Differences between editing and proofreading

Session 2 

  • Organisation and structure
  • Clarity
  • Grammar and punctuation
  • Legal considerations

 Session 3

  • Pre-course exercise
  • Consistency and house style
  • Global changes and find and replace

Session 4

  • Strategies for editing on paper and screen
  • Proofreading on paper and on PDF
  • Communicating with clients, authors and other stakeholders
  • Consolidation and discussion

For more information about any of these courses, please email courses@publishingtrainingcentre.co.uk or sign up to receive our newsletter for updates on these and our other offerings. 

Enrol on this course

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Session 1: 23 February 2021 | Session 2: 25 February 2021 (mornings only)

Tuesday, 23 February 2021


Course format

  • Virtual classroom
  • 9am to 12.30pm (BST)
  • Four x 1.5 hour sessions plus breaks, comprising two half-day sessions on two days, two days apart

 A number of discounts are available

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What you will need

To join the course, you will need access to a computer, tablet 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.





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