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Editing and Proofreading Your Own and Other People's Writing

The seven steps to successful editing

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Training Overview

Make bad writing good, good writing great and spot embarrassing and costly mistakes without offending your colleagues.

Editing and proofreading your own and other people's work can often feel like a thankless task. It's difficult, time consuming and few people appreciate being told their work contains mistakes or is not in the right style.

This course not only teaches you the necessary skills to produce clear, concise and well written copy yourself, it also helps you deal with potential problems arising from the original author thinking differently or not understanding key points of grammar.

How will I benefit?

You'll recognise what makes good writing good so you can correct bad writing more easily.

You'll be able to explain to others why you've made the changes you've made and feel more confident challenging their mistakes.

You'll learn the common grammatical, punctuation and spelling errors so you can watch out for them.

You'll find out how to give feedback in a constructive way.

What will I learn?

  • How to be an effective editor and proofreader
  • The difference between editing and proofreading
  • The seven steps to successful editing
  • Unnecessary words and how to lose them
  • How to replace cliches with originality
  • The common grammatical errors
  • How to give constructive feedback
  • How to spot ambiguity and make writing understandable
  • How to cut copy without losing the message
  • The importance of style guides
  • How to create the right tone of voice
  • Top tips from professional editors and proofreaders

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Got a team to train? Most courses are delivered direct either in person or via live video for groups of 6 - 12 people. These sessions are tailored to your specific needs. You just need to tell us what they are! Get in touch now for a friendly chat about what you need to achieve.

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What delegates say about Editing and Proofreading Your Own and Other People's Writing:

It was great to learn how I can improve my written communication skills when it comes to written tasks for clients. I thought Lorraine was very good and used interesting techniques to reinforce improvement of certain skills. Enjoyed the ordering of paragraphs into articles, news stories, and sales pitches: very easy to visualise!

February

2020

February

2020

Extremely useful. This was one of the best writing courses I have been on as it used practical examples as well as our own work. I would love to attend other courses to learn more from Lorraine. Extremely useful and practical with helpful examples. Fun and engaging.

I found the course really useful. Even just the suggestion of editing and proofreading separately. I liked that the course gave loads of examples including simple ones which acted as a good reminder. Lorraine was fab as well!

February

2020

February

2019

The practical examples were helpful, especially the difference between proofreading and editing and all the little tips that were given. The practical examples were also helpful. Was easy to ask questions and the slides were simple but helpful. Really informative.

I found the session useful and the differences between proofreading and editing. Engaging, collaborative, and informative!

February

2019

February

2019

The distinction between proofreading and editing was interesting, and knowing to do the two separately. Following the course I will ruthlessly edit my colleagues’ work and I will know what I’m looking for when asked to edit! I enjoyed that it was a small group so it ended up being very interactive. Lorraine was a great teacher and we learned a lot.

I found the course really useful. Even just the suggestion of editing and proofreading separately. I liked that the course gave loads of examples including simple ones which acted as a good reminder. Lorraine was fab as well!

February

2019

July

2018

I feel more confident about proofing and editing my work and other people’s work, and know what I should be looking for. I enjoyed that it was relaxed and interactive, lots of activities to help us put things into practice.

I enjoyed the examples/tasks and the open forum for discussion. Very useful - difference between proofreading and editing, and areas to look out for when proofreading.

February

2019

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