Proofreading is an essential skill for anyone who writes at work and wants to feel confident that their use of English is correct. In this highly practical workshop, a professional editor shares their expertise – to ensure you take away the tools and confidence to proofread effectively.
Finding grammatical mistakes in a report after it’s been circulated, or typos in an email after you’ve pressed send, is the stuff of nightmares. Errors or inconsistencies in grammar, spelling or punctuation might lead customers or colleagues to question your professionalism or expertise.
This half-day workshop answers questions that most proofreaders have asked. How do you check that a sentence is grammatically correct? How should you punctuate a bullet-point list? When do you use “that” and “which”? How do you know when to use a comma? What is best practice in writing numbers and dates? When should you make changes and when should you leave text alone?
Practical exercises ensure participants take away an understanding of the role of a proofreader (as opposed to an editor) and the skills to ensure correctness and consistency in their written communications. Exercises cover a variety of materials, including reports, websites, emails, leaflets and press releases.
Writing ability is highlighted in the PMDS competency development framework under Communication Skills and Customer Service.
On successful completion of this workshop, you will:
- Understand the difference between editing and proofreading
- Understand the importance of a style guide and reputable reference materials
- Be able to identify and correct common errors of grammar and punctuation
- Be familiar with commonly confused words (e.g. effect & affect, dependent & dependant)
- Understand when to make changes to edited text
- Understand how to use proofreaders’ marks
- Take away essential resources including: Top tips for proofreaders
This workshop is for anyone who writes at work and wants to feel confident that their use of English is correct. It will give you confidence in your existing knowledge and skills – and techniques to develop your proofreading skills so that you are more efficient and effective.
Sarah has worked as a feature writer and sub-editor at The Irish Times. She has also been involved in training Irish Times editorial staff. She is a former lecturer on the MA in Journalism at Dublin Institute of Technology and is author of Common Errors in Written English.
To read Sarah's Article on Proofreading Skills, please click here