Copyediting and Proofreading: Introduction

Error-free copy: you want it, but how do you achieve it? Learn the rules, techniques and tricks that professional copyeditors and proofreaders rely on to improve the three Cs: correctness, consistency and clarity.

In this hands-on course, discover how to identify and fix common errors, inconsistencies and weaknesses, whether in your own writing or others’. Learn the processes for editing and proofreading, and understand how the right tools — style guides, style sheets and dictionaries — can make you a better, faster editor.

Each week, apply what you learn to editing and proofreading exercises. Class materials include a booklet, handouts and exercises. You won’t be formally assessed in this non-credit course.

Note: This course requires the purchase of The Canadian Oxford Dictionary (2nd ed.) or other current Canadian dictionary and recommends the purchase of The Copyeditor’s Handbook (4th ed.) and The Copyeditor’s Workbook (optional). Students can order these books from the UBC Bookstore.

Course Overview:

Week 1: Levels of Editing; Approaches to Editing
Week 2: Editing for Correctness; Editorial Style
Week 3: Editing for Consistency and Clarity
Week 4: Editing for Content; Researching and Querying
Week 5: Proofreading Process and Tasks; Tricks of the Trade
Week 6: Proofreading Continued; Extended Practice in Editing and Proofreading

Course Format

This course is offered 100% online.

Please read our answers to frequently asked questions about UBC Extended Learning’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, and for more information on how we are temporarily changing how we are offering courses and programs.

About Online Learning
Our online copyediting and proofreading course offers you a real-time virtual classroom experience where you can see and interact with your teacher and classmates. Each week, you log in at a set time to your class using our intuitive learning management platform, Canvas. Through Canvas, you access Zoom, a web conferencing app, for your live class. Just like in a classroom, you do individual, pair and group work, ask questions and receive verbal feedback from your instructor.

Outside of class time, you can access handouts and other materials online at your own pace and rhythm. You might be doing readings or watching videos to prepare for your next class, or practising with the material you have learned in your previous class. You do get out what you put in.

In order for a virtual classroom to be successful, we want to see your faces! Please be prepared to participate with your video turned on. We provide virtual drop-in sessions for you to test out the Zoom app before your first day of class.  We will also send you instructions on accessing Canvas before your course begins.

Learn more about online learning at UBC Extended Learning.

Available Sessions

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Feb 4-Mar 11, 2021 | Online | $640.00

Format: Online
Code: WG301W21O
Offered: On Thu
Feb 4-Mar 11, 2021
6 sessions
From: 6:00 PM-9:00 PM

1nstructor: Frances Peck


Fees / Tuition

Type Fee Tax Total
$640.00 $32.00 $672.00

May 6-Jun 10, 2021 | Online | $660.00

Format: Online
Code: WG301S21A
Offered: On Thu
May 6-Jun 10, 2021
6 sessions
From: 6:00 PM-9:00 PM

1nstructor: Frances Peck


Fees / Tuition

Type Fee Tax Total
$660.00 $33.00 $693.00