In most organisations, editing or proofreading is carried out by people who have other responsibilities and not by professional editors. Sometimes they are chosen because they have an instinctive understanding of English grammar, but often they just happen to have some time available and an understanding of the topic.
However, editing isn’t just about checking grammar and punctuation, it’s also about making sure that your document is clear and concise and creates the maximum impact. The document may be going out to some of your most important customers or contacts, so it is important that it creates the right impression. A proofreading and editing course will ensure that companies do not waste the expense of creating their documents.
If you want to learn proofreading and editing skills that will add value to your documents, then this course is for you.
What you will learn on this editing & proofreading course
By the end of the course you will be able to:
Appreciate the importance of a style guide and know what should go into it
Effectively guide and support your writers
Understand the value of editing and proofreading a document before it goes out
Identify and correct many of the most common errors in grammar and punctuation
Choose the option best suited to your reader when there’s more than one way to be right
Edit text to create the maximum impact
Apply formatting and layout to showcase your content to best effect
Ensure your documents are clear and effective
What our customers say
“Many thanks – course was very useful and Giulia impressed me too. I have to say the level of quality your trainers have is something I haven’t seen before. Will be recommending Plain Words.”
“Very clear course, the instructor was very well informed about the subject. The course was very concise, and flexible to meet our needs.”
DS, Danisco Animal Nutrition
“This course provided clarity on some common grammatical errors, gave a structure for editing effectively and principles of good writing. I feel more confident to edit documents and give feedback to my writers.”
JH, Quadriga Health & Safety
How we deliver the Perfect Your Editing & Proofreading course
It is available as a half or one-day private tutor-led course at your premises.
A one-day course. All the course contents are covered, and delegates can practise on some of their own documents to apply the principles we cover. Exercises are also used to illustrate various points throughout the day.
A half-day intensive course. We will discuss with you when you book the training which of the modules you want to concentrate on during the session. Delegates will receive the full course material and can read additional content in their own time.
Private courses at your premises
We adopt a flexible approach so that even our standard courses are tailored to your needs. Our trainers are all professional writers as well as experienced trainers. They use their judgment on the day to adjust the content and pace of the course so that delegates get the training that is right for them. This is done by:
Discussing your requirements with you before the course
Assessing the pre-course questionnaires
Discussing with the delegates at the start of the course their objectives and outcomes
Checking throughout the day that objectives are being met.