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'Cathy is clearly an expert and a good communicator. A nice relaxed style and she kept us moving along.' (Delegate, March 2019)

'The course was informative and very enjoyable. I am new to copy-editing, so I found all of the topics relevant and helpful.' (Delegate, March 2019) 

Introduction to Copy-editing - June

8 June 2020

Date :  Mondays 8 and 15 June 2020
Time:    10am to 1pm
Format:  Virtual (Zoom)


About the course

During the current crisis, we will be running this course online. We will deliver the course over two days, with a total of 6 hours of online time, including short exercises for people to do on their own. We hope this will help with people working shorter or more flexible hours, and with other commitments.

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
  • Who does the copy-editor work for?
  • Types of copy, types of copy-editing
  • Ensuring inclusive language and legal compliance
  • 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 formally 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).

BOOK AND PAY for your place through Ticket Tailor. Booking will close at midnight on Thursday 4 June 2020.

If you have any queries about this course, please email



Other courses

This course also runs on 24 September 2020. You may also be interested in Introduction to Proofreading (26 May and 2 June and 23 September 2020) and Further Copy-editing and Proofreading (3 November 2020).