This course has been designed for those who would like to learn and practise some of the skills that you will need if you are to work as a copy-editor or proof-reader, or if you simply want to sharpen your written English for any context. To prepare an author’s manuscript for publication, it needs to undergo a number of processes, and the copy-editor and proof-reader are at the core of these. As a copy-editor, you will prepare the manuscript for design. You will read it to ensure it is appropriate for its intended readership, check that the information in it is accurate and consistent, identify and mark up structural elements for the designer, and check and correct spelling, punctuation and grammar. The designer will then produce proofs in accordance with your instructions. As a proof-reader you will read those proofs, checking the layouts against the author’s original and giving the text a ‘final polish’. This course aims to give you the basic tools to perform these two distinct roles. There is no guarantee that by attending the course you will find work as a copy-editor or proof-reader, but you will have acquired the tools of the trade, and an awareness of what is involved in producing clear, concise English that is suitable for publication.
Rachel Norridge is a highly experienced copy-editor, proofreader and editorial project manager with over 25 years' experience, gained both in-house and freelance. She works in the trade, educational and academic sectors on projects ranging from traditional print to websites and enhanced ebooks.