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01 June 2020

Introduction to Proofreading - June

26 May 2020

Date :  Tuesdays 26 May and 2 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.

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).

BOOK AND PAY for your place through Ticket Tailor.

If you have any queries about this course, please email


Other courses

This course also runs on 23 September 2020. You may also be interested in Introduction to Copy-editing (8 and 15 June and 24 September 2020) and Further Copy-editing and Proofreading (3 November 2020).