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: 15 November (9.30am-2pm) | Session 2: 17 November (9.30am-2pm) | Session 3: 19 November (9.30am-2pm)

Monday, 15 November 2021

Monday, 06 December 2021

Monday, 17 January 2022

Monday, 25 April 2022

A number of discounts are available

Date information for future sessions

November 2021 

  • Dates: 15, 17, 19 November 2021
  • Times: Each session will run from 9.30am-2.00pm 
  • Tutor: Caroline Knight

December 2021 

  • Dates: 6, 8, 10 December 2021
  • Times: Each session will run from 9.30am-2.00pm 
  • Tutor: Caroline Knight

January 2022

  • Dates: 17, 19 & 21 January 2022
  • Times: Each session will run from 9.30am-2.00pm 
  • Tutor: Caro Drake

April 2022

  • Dates: 25, 27 & 29 April 2022
  • Times: Each session will run from 9.30am-2.00pm 
  • Tutor: Caro 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

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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