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05 December 2021

Introduction to Copy-editing - Feb / Mar

28 February 2022

Date: Monday 28 February, Thursday 3, Monday 7 and Thursday 10 March 2022
Time: 10 am to 11.30 am
Format: Online (Zoom)

We will deliver the course over four days, with a total of six hours of online time, including short exercises for people to do on their own. This structure allows a chance for each delegate to receive one-to-one feedback and advice from the tutor on the assignments they complete between sessions, and for their learning to consolidate over a longer timespan.

The online delivery platform is Zoom which many people will be familiar with.

The copy-editor is the vital link between author, publisher, typesetter and reader, and ensures that written material is clear, accurate and 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 or inclusivity problems; and that the copy is thoroughly prepared for trouble-free typesetting. Good copy-editing is invisible - the reader is free to concentrate on content without being distracted by errors of fact, internal inconsistencies, ambiguities, grammatical slips that obscure the meaning, or howlers of phrasing.

Discussion includes:

  • Who's who in the typical publishing process, and your role as a copy-editor
  • Improving structure and deciding on style
  • Ensuring inclusive language and legal compliance
  • Working with illustrations, figures and tables
  • Grammar and punctuation for copy-editors
  • Tips and tricks to help ensure accuracy and consistency

Exercises deal with:

  • Author queries and amending text
  • Style guides and style sheets
  • Lists of all types
  • Illustrations: identifying and labelling; positioning in the text; captions and credits
  • Preparing accompanying documentation for the publisher
  • Improving poor writing in terms of clarity, grammar and punctuation

Who should attend?

People in the publishing industry, those who want to work in editing on a freelance basis, and anyone else who has responsibility for the presentation of written material. Some proofreading experience is desirable.

Chartered Institute of Editing and Proofreading (CIEP)

We are pleased to advise that CIEP has confirmed this course is eligible for 3 CIEP upgrade training points.


Cathy Tingle has many years' experience in academic and business publications. She trained in copy-editing and proofreading with Publishing Scotland under Margaret Aherne and is now an Advanced Professional Member of the CIEP.

Fees and booking

£150+VAT (PS and CIEP members); £200+VAT (non-members). Discount for BookMachine members (25%) with discount code.

BOOK AND PAY ON TICKET TAILOR. Booking closes at midnight on Tuesday 22 February 2022.

Other courses

You may also be interested in Introduction to Proofreading, Further Copy-editing and Further Proofreading.