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

How Am I Assessed?
This course is marked complete/incomplete, and is based on your attendance and participation. Your instructor provides you personalized feedback on the assignments you hand in. 

Technology Requirements
To take this course, you’ll need access to:

  • an email account
  • a computer, laptop or tablet under five years old using Windows or macOS
  • the latest version of a web browser (or previous major version release)
  • a reliable internet connection
  • a video camera and microphone.

One day before the start of your course, we’ll email you step-by-step instructions for accessing your course.

Textbooks
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 Format

This course is 100% online and instructor supported with real-time classes. Log in to your class at scheduled times and participate by video conferencing.

Available Sessions

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Feb 2, 2023-Mar 9, 2023 | Online | $680.00

Format: Online, Instructor Supported with Real-time Classes
Code: WG301W23O
Offered: On Thu
Feb 2, 2023-Mar 9, 2023
6 sessions
6:00 PM-9:00 PM Pacific Time

1nstructor: Roma Ilnyckyj


Fees / Tuition

Type Fee Tax Total
$680.00 $34.00 $714.00

May 4, 2023-Jun 8, 2023 | Online | $705.00

Format: Online, Instructor Supported with Real-time Classes
Code: WG301S23P
Offered: On Thu
May 4, 2023-Jun 8, 2023
6 sessions
6:00 PM-9:00 PM Pacific Time

1nstructor: Roma Ilnyckyj


Fees / Tuition

Type Fee Tax Total
$705.00 $35.25 $740.25