Copyediting 1: Introduction

This course is for you if you're thinking about a career in copyediting, if you've been working as an editor for a while but without any formal training, or if you'd like to find out about how to move from proofreading to copyediting.

About the course 

This is the virtual learning version of Copyediting 1: Introduction, the first in the CIEP's suite of core Copyediting courses. The course includes five webinars which all students will join on set dates and times, all of which are delivered via Zoom. Read below to find out more about the course and how to book your place.

By the end of the course, you'll understand:
  • the differences between proofreading and copyediting and where copyediting fits into a variety of publishing processes
  • how a copyeditor works on various types of text, both non-fiction and fiction
  • the types of error a copyeditor is expected to spot and correct and how to mark those errors efficiently using Track Changes in Word
  • some of the common editorial conventions in British and US English and how to apply them effectively
  • the basics of dealing with text elements such as notes, tables and illustrations
  • how to exercise judgement over how much to change, and how to communicate effectively with the author on queries or suggestions
  • the importance of obtaining sufficient guidance from the client about the work they expect you to do. 
How does the course work?

The virtual learning version of Copyediting 1: Introduction is delivered over five live webinars, each lasting two hours. A short pre-webinar exercise will be set ahead of each session. Delegates are required to attend all webinars and sessions run as follows: 

Session 1, Wednesday 3 July 2.00-4.00pm (BST) - where copyediting fits in the publishing process and how it differs from proofreading; how far to go when copyediting; how the brief from the client can help you judge the level of intervention

Session 2, Wednesday 10 July 2.00-4.00pm (BST) - style guides and style sheets; copyediting fiction

Session 3, Wednesday 17 July 2.00-4.00pm (BST) - non-fiction editing; quotations, list and notes

Session 4, Wednesday 24 July 2.00-4.00pm (BST) - non-fiction editing continued; illustrations and tables

Session 5, Wednesday 31 July 2.00-4.00pm (BST) - humorous texts; where to go next; final Q&A

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Places on our virtual learning courses are limited and sell out quickly. If your chosen course is already fully booked, please email [email protected] to be added to the waiting list. 

Please note that we use Zoom for our online courses. Please ensure that you are able to access this system where you are based before booking your place. Please note the CIEP's terms and conditions before booking your place. 


Jane Moody

Jane Moody

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