Proofreading 1: Introduction

This virtual learning course is ideal for you if you're thinking about a career in proofreading, you've been working as a proofreader for a while but without any formal training, or your job involves some proofreading and you would like to understand this part of your role better.

About the course 

This is the virtual learning version of Proofreading 1: Introduction, the first in the CIEP's suite of core proofreading courses. The course includes four webinars which all students will join on set dates and times, all of which are delivered via Zoom. Proofreading 1: Introduction is the ideal place to start if you want to learn about the fundamental skills required of a proofreader. The course explains the differences between proofreading and proof-editing, where proofreading fits into a variety of publishing processes, the types of error a proofreader is expected to spot and correct, and much more. 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 types of errors a proofreader is expected to spot and correct
  • how to mark those errors on paper and onscreen using BSI symbols, PDF markup tools and Word's track changes
  • some of the common editorial conventions in the UK and how to apply them
  • how to exercise judgement in how much to change
  • the difference between proofreading and proof-editing
  • the importance of obtaining sufficient guidance from the client about the work they expect you to do
  • where proofreading fits into a variety of publishing processes.
How does the course work?

The virtual learning version of Proofreading 1: Introduction is delivered over four live webinars, each lasting two and a half hours. Short pre-session exercises will be set ahead of each webinar. Delegates are required to attend all webinars and sessions run as follows: 

Session 1, Thursday 3 October 10.30am-1.00pm (BST) - what proofreading is and what a proofreader does; getting into the right frame of mind; the proofreader in the publication process; how to set about proofreading; proofreading on PDF

Session 2, Thursday 10 October 10.30am-1.00pm (BST) - consistency and house style; proofreading using the BSI marks

Session 3, Thursday 17 October 10.30am-1.00pm (BST) - checking the layout; basics of working with illustrations

Session 4, Thursday 24 October 10.30am-1.00pm (BST) - proof-editing (when more than a proofread is required); proofreading in Word; using Track Changes; getting a good brief; top tips for effective proofreading; where to go next.

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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. 


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