Those starting out in copy-editing or intending to enter this area of work will find the course useful. This course reflects both traditional and evolving practices. At the end of the course participants should have an understanding of the scope of a copy-editing task, how to prepare text so it is ready for the next stage of production, the importance of clarity and consistency and how to ensure good communication with others in the process.
Familiarity with BSI proof-correcting symbols is useful but not essential. Participants who are competent using Microsoft Word may like to bring a laptop and try some exercises on screen
(please note the course does not include instruction in the use of Word, though useful techniques will be demonstrated), however, a laptop is not essential as all exercises can be done on paper.
Process and ways of working
- The scope of ‘editing text’ – what the job involves
- Workflows in traditional publishing and virtual, online and hard formats
- Ways of working, on paper and on-screen
Getting the message across and fixing the words
- Structuring the text
- Thinking about the intended readership
- Clarity, grammar and punctuation
Consistency and house style
- What needs to be consistent
- Common conventions and where to find them
- House style
Communicating with clients and stakeholders
About the trainer: Christina Thomas
Christina Thomas is a freelance editor, proofreader and trainer who works on books and corporate and online texts. She is an advanced member of the SfEP ( Society for Editors and Proofreaders) in the UK. Working with colleagues, she has developed editing courses for the SfEP and the Publishing Training Centre in the UK. This collaborative approach enables her to incorporate a wide area of expertise into training courses.
Minimum – Maximum Number of Participants: 15 – 30 pax
Registration is on a first-come-first-served basis and workshop fees must be paid before the workshop. If the minimum number of participants is not met for the class, the organisers will inform all participants about possible postponement and cancellation of workshop, two weeks before the workshop date.
All ALAP workshops serve tea-breaks and provide course handouts.
Cancellation & Substitution
The workshop can be cancelled or postponed two weeks before the workshop date if the minimum number of participants is not met. Participants will be fully refunded for workshops cancelled by us.
Participants who are unable to attend a workshop they have registered for are to inform us of the reason two weeks before the workshop date. They will be fully refunded in the event of extenuating and mitigating circumstances ( E.g. illness, bereavement, accidents) . Those who inform us later than two weeks before the workshop date will receive a 50 % refund. Participants can also opt to attend another course at the same value within the same year.
Upon registration, you are deemed to have read and understood the cancellation, withdrawal and substitution policy and accept the terms contained therein.