Editing and Proofreading Course

Editing and Proofreading Course

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This editing and proofreading course will help you sharpen your written communications and improve your ability to sell, lead or inform. Those who write, or oversee the writing of others, need to ensure that it is polished, targeted and error-free. This editing course will give you the strong knowledge of structural editing, copy editing and proofreading you need to turn early drafts into perfectly edited finished products.

Learning Aims

This editing and proofreading course aims to give you a thorough grounding in the three-part editing process, from structural editing through copy editing to proofreading. This editing and proofreading course will equip you with the grammar and punctuation skills needed and provide you with a strong sense of good business style and the editing steps needed to achieve this. This interactive editing course will help you to develop a new enthusiasm for the editing process and its important role in good communication.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this editing and proofreading course you will be able to:

  1. Use structural editing to maximise the effect of any document.
  2. Understand the aims and principles of copy editing.
  3. Set the right tone for your audience.
  4. Use headings and sub-headings to guide the reader through the structure.
  5. Check the document against a style guide.
  6. Correct grammar, punctuation and spelling.
  7. Check that the appropriate wording has been used at all times.
  8. Cut out deadwood, removing unnecessary verbiage.
  9. Edit for style, cutting out pompous language and cliches.
  10. Ensure that all sentences are clear and compelling.
  11. Check that all statements are backed up properly.
  12. Understand proofreading techniques.
  13. Use proofreading marks.

Course Content

The following topics will be covered in this editing course:

Structural or substantive editing

  • Focussing on the big picture and your key messages.
  • Avoiding waffle and getting to the point.
  • Assessing the content to make sure it flows logically.
  • Cutting out irrelevant material and filling content gaps.
  • Ensuring the tone is right for your audience.
  • Using transitional words and phrases to link paragraphs.
  • Using headings and sub-heads for maximum effect.

Copy editing

  • Making sure all sentences have maximum readability and impact.
  • Correcting grammar, punctuation and spelling.
  • Picking the right words to do the job.
  • Cutting out cliches.
  • Cutting out pompous, overly formal wording.
  • Getting rid of redundant words and phrases.
  • Avoiding business buzzwords.


  • Understanding the importance of this final, quality-control stage of editing.
  • Eradicating stubborn errors and inconsistencies.
  • Using proofreading marks.
  • Mastering the techniques good proofreaders use.
  • Understanding how proofreading differs from normal reading.
  • Checking all wording against a relevant style guide.
  • Making style decisions and drawing up a style sheet.

Intended Audience

This editing and proofreading course is suitable for anyone who wants to edit or proofread their own work or that of others. It is suitable for all those editing content, online or in print. This course is suitable for those who are looking for an editing course or a proofreading course to enhance their skills across both these areas. As some content in this editing course is covered in our Grammar and Punctuation Course, it is not recommended that participants complete both courses.

This editing and proofreading course is part of a series of courses, focusing on business communication. Other Communication courses include; Business Writing Course, Persuasive Writing Course, Communication Course: Difficult Workplace Conversations and Presentation Skills Course. Those writing business cases or proposals may also have an interest in our Business Case Course.

Delivery Style

This editing and proofreading course will be delivered as an interactive workshop consisting of an instructor-led lecture, group and individual activities. This training approach allows you to work through concepts introduced by the instructor in an application-focussed teaching environment. You will challenge your understanding of the concepts and consider their application once back in your individual workplace.

Course Prerequisites

This editing and proofreading course has no prerequisites and is open to all members of the public.

About your instructor

Tony Spencer-Smith

Tony Spencer-Smith

Tony Spencer-Smith loves words. He has worked with them all his life – ever since he published his own magazine while still in primary school. He moved on to become a prominent journalist, an award-winning novelist and a corporate writer and editor. In his training, he inspires others to share his enthusiasm for the power of language. Tony is one of Australia’s top corporate writing and editing trainers. In over a decade he has helped thousands of people from blue chip companies, government and not-for-profit organisations to upgrade their communication skills.

The broad experience he brings to his training includes being Editor-in-Chief of Reader’s Digest magazine in both Australia and South Africa; a senior newspaper journalist; and a corporate editorial expert who has written speeches, brochures, reports, websites and internal communications for top clients.

His children’s novel The Man Who Snarled at Flowers won the biggest literary prize in South Africa, while his latest book The Essentials of Great Writing was published in Australia in 2009.

Trainees leave Tony’s classes with a comprehensive set of writing and editing skills to raise their writing to the next level.

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