Advanced Copy-Editing

This course is designed for editors who have some experience and who wish to extend their skills and knowledge. It tackles a range of complex material that presents challenges in comprehension, structure and consistency. The course is exercise-based so that students learn through practice as well as discussion.

Learning outcomes

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

  • demonstrate a clear understanding of the issues that arise when working on multi-author reference works
  • identify the existing skills and knowledge that you can use to tackle complex texts with confidence
  • rewrite texts to avoid problems.

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

Who will benefit from this course?

Experienced editors and those who have already attended The Publishing Training Centre’s Copy-Editing Skills course and subsequently gained experience.

Programme

  • Multi-author works
    • Different editorial styles
    • Different approaches to presentation
    • Making bibliographical information uniform
  • Complexity
    • Ensuring clarity of presentation
    • Creating a table
    • Linguistics
    • Assigning structure
  • Working on second editions
    • Technical and procedural requirements of the job
    • Exercise: did the copy-editing mark-up create or resolve problems for the typesetter?
  • What’s the problem?
  • Working with non-native English
    • Delegates are invited to bring along their own examples for discussion
  • How should they have said it? Rewriting workshop
    • Common grammatical errors
    • Ways to clarify ambiguity
    • Avoiding unwelcome nuance, innuendo, anachronism, parochialism, sexism and other unacceptable usages – and howlers!
  • Questions and discussion.

Your Tutor

Margaret Aherne has worked in publishing since 1986 as a proofreader, copy-editor, project manager and tutor/mentor for a number of clients, including Blackwell, Oxford University Press, Routledge and the Audit Commission. She is a tutor on The Publishing Training Centre’s Basic Proofreading by Distance Learning course and is the junior co-author, with Gillian Clarke, of the latest edition. She is a founder member of the Society for Editors and Proofreaders (SfEP) and a mentor in proofreading and copy-editing on the SfEP’s mentoring scheme.

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Note that most of our short courses can also be run as In-Company events.

  • Dates: 24 September 2014
  • Duration: A one-day course
  • Price: £385+VAT
  • A number of discounts are available

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