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28 November 2020

'I loved the online format - without it, I would be unable to attend something like this in person as the extra costs involved make it prohibitive (e.g. travel, flights, accommodation). I thought it worked really well and wouldn't hesitate in recommending it to others.' (Delegate, June 2020)

Introduction to Proofreading - February

15 February 2021

Date: Monday 15, Thursday 18, Monday 22 and Thursday 25 February 2021
Time: 10.00am to 11.30am
Format:  Online (Zoom)

About the course

We will deliver the course over four days, with a total of 6 hours of online time, including short exercises for people to do on their own. 

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

No previous knowledge is required for this one-day introduction to proofreading. Through practical exercises using a variety of accessible texts, the course aims to teach students the basic proofreading skills and to help them feel comfortable with the methods of ensuring that a document is correct in both content and layout. The materials will be provided digitally.


Discussion will include:

  • The art of proofreading
  • Proofreading and reading - what's the difference?
  • Correcting proofs using the British Standard proofreading symbols
  • Correcting PDFs on screen using Adobe Reader
  • Style sheets
  • A methodical approach to checking for consistency
  • Carrying over information or queries
  • What can go wrong


Practical exercises on the day will cover:

  • Accuracy - developing error-spotting techniques
  • Marking errors and omissions, on paper and on screen
  • Changing the appearance of the text
  • Correcting problems with spacing and alignment
  • Ensuring consistency in layout and sequencing
  • Checking that the content makes sense!


Follow up

You will be have access to a folder of handouts and model answers to the exercises, for reference and as examples of good practice.


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.


Who should attend

People who write material and/or check written documents and want to improve their proofreading skills. The course is suitable for those with no previous formal experience or who have responsibility for the presentation of documents and wish to develop their skills in a more formal way.



Denise Cowle is a copy-editor and proofreader based in Glasgow. She is an Advanced Professional Member of the CIEP, and currently serves on their council as marketing director. Denise is also a tutor for the CIEP proofreading and copy-editing online courses.


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 will close at midnight on Thursday 11 February 2021.


Other courses

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