Editing in Word

Last chance to book for 2014


Copy-Editing Skills

The best way to develop core editorial skills  


Publishing in the Digital Age

Publishing in the Digital Age is an intensive three-day course for those with responsibility for new product development.

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2015 Open Course Fees

For the first time since 2010 we are increasing the basic cost of attending a PTC Open Course.

With effect from January 1st 2015 one day courses go from £385 to £425, two day courses go from £755 to £795, three day courses will be £895 and Commissioning and List Management, our four day, residential course, rises from £1,890 to£1,995.*

Secure today’s rate for a course next year: Book before December 31st for a 2015 place to secure current prices.

*The quoted rates exclude VAT which is applicable.


Making sure your words are ready to publish has never been more important

Copy-Editing Skills is a three day course that focuses on key editorial activities, including a thorough explanation of how to use the BSI standard marks for copy preparation. You will be given the opportunity to practise using these symbols on a variety of texts. You will also receive detailed instruction on the correct use of frequently misunderstood features, such as italic text and quotation marks. Advice is also offered on tricky editorial problems, like notes, bibliographies and figures.

The majority of the exercises focus on one particular skill each, but incorporate other incidental errors, mimicking real life copy-editing work. The final day’s consolidation exercises bring together everything you have learnt.

There are no definitive answers in copy-editing, but you will come away with sample exercises marked-up by an experienced editor, a full set of the exercises used throughout the course, and handouts on key areas such as copyright, terminology, notes and references.

This course is a springboard on to many of the PTC’s more advanced editorial offerings, such as Editing in Word and Advanced Copy-Editing.

At the end of this course you should be able to:

  • utilise the core skills of copy-editing on various different styles of text
  • correctly apply the BSI copy-editing symbols on a variety of texts
  • appreciate how the copy-editor’s role fits within the publishing process.

This course contributes to PUB 14 and PUB 19 of the Book & Journal Publishing National Occupational Standards.

Full details HERE

From January 2014 the PTC has new locations for the Open Courses.
We are using these venues for most of the non-residential Open Courses

- DV West-One on Portland Place W1

- Happy Computers - near Aldgate E1
- Commissioning and List Management - our flagship, 4-day residential course is staying at Milton Hill House near Didcot

Short courses

Short, classroom based courses on everything from editing to digital publishing - find a full list of short courses here.

Online training

Our online training includes a grammar course and Understanding Book Publishing.

Distance learning

Study from home with our distance learning courses, which include Basic Proofreading, Copy-Editing and Successful Editorial Freelancing.

In-Company training

In-company training could be for you if you need a number of people to be trained in one subject.

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