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19 October 2017

'Very informative. Lots of industry knowledge and insight, and lots of handouts and exercises to take home.' (Independent delegate, March 2017)

'Great fun, really interesting. Tutor was very personable and helpful.' (Independent delegate, March 2017)

Welcome to Copy-editing - November

9 November 2017

Date :   Thursday 9/11/17
Time:    9.30am to 4.30pm
Venue:  Scott House, Edinburgh

Contact or 0131 228 6866 to enquire about place availability

About the course

The copy-editor is the vital intermediary between author, publisher, typesetter and the final reader, and will ensure that written material is clear, accurate and, above all, correct; that everything is there, and in the right place; that no part of the text contradicts another part; 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: identifying and labelling; positioning in the text; captions and credits
  • Legal issues: libel (defamation) and copyright
  • 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. Margaret is also author of a book of proofreading exercises.



£200+VAT/£175+VAT early booking (members); £280+VAT/£260+VAT early booking (non-members). Registered charities get an additional £20 discount. Early booking closed on 27 September.


Other courses

You may also be interested in Welcome to Proofreading on 8 November 2017.