Introduction to Copy-editing - Feb / Mar
28 February 2022
Date: Monday 28 February, Thursday 3, Monday 7 and Thursday 10
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
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.
- Who's who in the typical publishing process, and your role as a
- 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
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
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.
You may also be interested in Introduction to Proofreading,
Further Copy-editing and Further Proofreading.