Copyediting 1: Introduction – virtual learning

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How the programme is structured

This course consists of five live webinar sessions (one session per week), each one lasting a maximum of two hours. Here’s how the sessions break down:

Session 1: 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: Style guides and style sheets; copyediting fiction

Session 3: Non-fiction editing; quotations, lists and notes

Session 4: Non-fiction editing continued; illustrations and tables

Session 5: Humorous texts; where to go next; final Q&A

I found this format incredibly helpful to work through examples with an experienced editor and see how they approach an edit. Being able to ask questions immediately helped with understanding and it was great to learn from other people's experiences.

It was very helpful to watch the tutor work through the exercises on-screen; this allowed us to better understand their workflow and gain a clearer insight into why they made the edits they chose.

Length of course: 10 hours + homework time

CIEP upgrade points: completion 2; pass 3

When does the course run?

The next virtual learning iteration of Copyediting 1 will take place on the following dates:

  • Wednesday 14 February, 10.30am–12.30pm (GMT)
  • Wednesday 21 February, 10.30am–12.30pm GMT)
  • Wednesday 28 February, 10.30am–12.30pm (GMT)
  • Wednesday 6 March, 10.30am–12.30pm (GMT)
  • Wednesday 13 March, 10.30am–12.30pm (GMT)

To ensure that our students have the best possible experience, participation is limited to 20 places. CIEP virtual learning courses are always popular so make sure you book early!

How to book your place

Booking has now closed for this run of the course.

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  Virtual learning course
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CIEP upgrade points 3
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Prices are exclusive of tax, which will be added automatically at your local rate at checkout.

Technical requirements

  • This course is best accessed on a PC/Mac or laptop.
  • We do not recommend participating on a tablet or phone.
  • Participants must be present at the time of the webcast.