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20 February 2017

Welcome to Copy-editing - March

2 March 2017

Date :   Thursday 2/3/17
Time:    9.30am to 4.30pm
Venue:  Scott House, Edinburgh

About the course

The copy-editor is the vital intermediary between author, publisher, typesetter and the final reader. It is their job to ensure that written material is clear, accurate and correct; that everything is there, and in the right place; that nothing in the text will create legal problems; and that the copy is thoroughly prepared for trouble-free typesetting. Good copy-editing is invisible - the reader is free to concentrate on the content of the material without being distracted by errors of fact, ambiguities, grammatical slips that obscure the meaning, or howlers of phrasing.


Discussion includes:

  • Who's who in the typical publishing process
  • The role of the copy-editor
  • Who does the copy-editor work for?
  • Types of copy, types of copy-editing
  • Legal issues: defamation and copyright


Exercises deal with:

  • Mark-up and coding
  • Style guides and style sheets
  • Illustrations and tables: identifying and labelling; positioning in the text; captions and credits
  • Preparing the accompanying documentation
  • Improving poor writing


Who should attend?

This course is designed primarily for people in the publishing industry, but is also suitable for anyone who has responsibility for the presentation of written material. It assumes a basic knowledge of the BSI 2005 symbols for proofreading and editorial mark-up; some proofreading experience is desirable.



Margaret Aherne is a highly experienced editor, proofreader and project manager as well as editorial trainer and author of Proofreading Practice.



£200+VAT/£175+VAT early booking (members); £280+VAT/£260+VAT early booking (non-members). Registered charities get an additional £20 discount. For early booking rate, book by Friday 27 January 2017.

Book your place now by completing the booking form


Our other courses

You may also be interested in Welcome to Proofreading (1 March) and Writing Digital Content (23 March).



Margaret can run proofreading and copy-editing (and other editorial courses including managing editorial freelances) in-house. For details, contact Joan Lyle, our Training and Information Manager.