Introduction to Copy-editing - November
16 November 2020
Date : Monday 16, Thursday 19, Monday 23 and Thursday 26
Time: 10am to 11.30am
Format: Online (Zoom)
About the course
Due to uncertainty about meeting and travel restrictions later
in the year, we will be running this course online. 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
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 formally
trained in copy-editing and proofreading with Publishing Scotland
under Margaret Aherne and is now an Advanced Professional Member of
Fees and booking
£150+VAT (PS and CIEP members); £200+VAT (non-members). Discount
for BookMachine members (25%) with discount code.
BOOK AND PAY for your place via Ticket Tailor. Booking closes at midnight
on Wednesday 11 November 2020.
You may also be interested in Introduction to Proofreading (September 2020), Further Copy-editing and Further Proofreading (both November).