Advanced Copy-Editing

A practical course for experienced editors who really want to hone their skills. Complex exercises tackle a range of material that presents challenges in comprehension, structure and consistency. 

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


  • Session 1
    • Discussion: briefing
    • Multi-author works
  • Session 2
    • Discussion: multi-author works
    • Complexity 1: creating a table
    • Complexity 2: linguistics
  • Session 3
    • Complexity 3: assigning structure
    • Working on second editions
    • What's the problem?
  • Session 4
    • Working with non-native English
    • Rewriting workshop
    • Final discussion/queries.

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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