Proofreading : Introduction

One Day Course

Overview

This practical one day course delivers the proofreading skills needed to identify and correct mistakes so that copy achieves maximum impact.

You will cover how to read thoroughly and accurately and how to spot and correct the common spelling, grammar and punctuation errors that can ruin good copy.

This course makes extensive use of exercises to build your proofreading skills and confidence. You need no previous proofreading experience to attend this course.

Public Course Dates & Pricing

23rd Aug 17 London Bridge £325 + VAT SOLD  OUT
8th Sep 17 London Bridge £325 + VAT SOLD  OUT
19th Sep 17 London Bridge £250 + VAT SPECIAL  OFFER
6th Oct 17 London Bridge £275 + VAT SPECIAL  OFFER
18th Oct 17 London Bridge £295 + VAT SPECIAL  OFFER
3rd Nov 17 London Bridge £325 + VAT RESERVE  NOW
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  • Public Courses

    Maximum class size of five (the smallest in London) so you get the maximum amount of trainer time possible. You attend with delegates from other companies.

    A great, cost efficient way to learn, discounts are also available for group bookings.

    Discount Info
  • Private Courses

    One to one tuition or a private group with just your colleagues. Your choice of duration, content and location. We can train at one of our centres or onsite with you wherever you are located.

    We offer a free consultation service to help work out every detail and build the perfect course for you.

    Free Consultation

Course Outline

  • Introduction
    • Functions of a proofreader
    • Approaches to proofreading
    • How to read thoroughly and accurately
    • Proofreading on paper and on screen

    Proofreading and editing marks
    • Understanding proofreader's marks and terminology
    • Commonly used terms: ens, ems, points, picas
    • Different types of proof
    • The dangers of relying on grammar or spelling checkers
    • Keeping a proofreading checklist

    Spotting mistakes
    • Dealing with tables and complicated pages
    • How to read and correct page proofs
    • Cutting and making lines

  • Punctuation
    • Punctuation marks defined
    • Common punctuation errors
    • Deviating from the usual proofreading rules
    • Spelling and punctuation tips
    • Regularly misspelt words

    Grammar
    • Avoiding common errors
    • Changes in current usage

    Working with the author
    • The role of tact

    Avoiding the common pitfalls
    • Misspelling headlines
    • Wrong telephone numbers or email addresses
    • Incorrect prices
    • Misplaced headlines or captions

    Practical proofreading exercises

    Questions and answers

Who Are We?

LCMJ is the UK's leading writing and journalism training provider.

Our courses are aimed at business people and writers who need to develop their writing skills to communicate clearly and effectively.

London Bridge Centre

Unit 5,
Suffolk House,
127-129 Great Suffolk Street,
London
SE1 1PP

Discounts

Are you a freelancer or a registered charity?

You could qualify for up to
15% OFF
Tell us when you reserve.

Why Choose Us?

  • We know training inside out. We can advise you on all the options to make sure you get the best possible course.

  • Tell us you need to cancel 5 working days before your course and there’s no charge. Great for your peace of mind.

  • The smallest class size in the industry. More one on one time with the trainer and a less intimidating group size.

  • We provide a lovely onsite lunch so you can relax. We won't send you out to the shops with a voucher.

Naiara
Tavistock Consulting
1st Dec

The exercises helped me in a practical way.

Ben
Freelance
1st Dec

Working in a small group gave us the opportunity to get quality time with the trainer.

Christine
ROSL
3rd Nov

Great day, very helpful, thanks very much.

Tara
SSAFA
6th Oct

Really enjoyed it, learnt a lot and the staff were fantastic. Thank you.

Ria
Baker Tilly International
13th May

Media Training was highly recommended .