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05 April 2020

Introduction to Proofreading - June

10 June 2020

Date :  Wednesday 10 June 2020
Time:    9.30am to 4.30pm
Venue:  Scott House, Edinburgh


About the course

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 both on paper and digitally: students are welcome to bring their own laptops if they wish to do the exercises on screen. (Note: the course will use Adobe Reader XI.)


Discussion will include:

  • The art of proofreading
  • Proofreading and reading - what's the difference?
  • Correcting paper proofs using the British Standard proofreading symbols
  • Correcting PDFs on screen using Adobe Reader, and 'proof-editing' using MS Word
  • 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 take away 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

£200+VAT/£175+VAT early booking (PS and CIEP members); £280+VAT/£260+VAT early booking (non-members). Book by 29 April 2020 to get early booking rates. Non-member registered charities get an additional £20 discount.
Book online using the booking form. You will be invoiced and payment can be made by BACS or credit card.


Other courses

This course also runs on 23 September 2020. You may also be interested in Introduction to Copy-editing (11 June and 24 September 2020) and Further Copy-editing and Proofreading (17 June and 3 November 2020).