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.
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
This course is offered in the following format: In-Class