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.

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 in two formats: 100% online or in-class.

About Online Learning
Our online conversational language classes offer you a real-time virtual classroom where you can see and interact with your teacher and classmates. Each week, you login at a set time to your virtual classroom using our easy-to-use learning management platform, Canvas. Just like in a classroom, you do individual, pair and group work, ask questions and receive verbal feedback from your instructor. Outside of class, you can access handouts and other materials online at your own pace and rhythm. Expect a similar schedule to your face-to-face experience – minus the commute.

Available Sessions

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