Freelance and In-house Copyediting and Proofreading Course

If you want to launch your career as an in-house or freelance copyeditor and proofreader, this course will equip you with the tools to do so.

This course is aimed at those who want to work as copyeditors and proofreaders, as freelancers or in-house. It is also aimed at those who want to copyedit their own work, or who want to use it as part of their skill set in the publishing and media industries.

If your work already involves editing and proofreading documents and publications, and you want to improve your skills, this is also the course for you.

The course gives the background to professional copyediting and proofreading, familiarizes you with the necessary tools and resources, and shows you how to use word processing software to edit and proofread. It also provides a comprehensive framework of English grammar.

The prescribed book for this course is The Natural Creative Process in Writing: a Core Writing and Editing Handbook for Everyone, available in Kindle e-book format for under $2 from By downloading the free Kindle e-book reader from, you will be able to read this e-book on most devices.

For those who wish to use their newly acquired skills and knowledge in ways other than to pursue a career as a professional copyeditor and proofreader, for example, to ensure textual brand consistency or to assist them in their management of teams of wordsmiths, proficiency in English prior to registering for this course may not be essential. However, if you wish to use the knowledge and skills that will be acquired on this course to pursue a career as a professional copyeditor and proofreader, you will need to attain level C2 (advanced, proficient) in English, which will be aided by having completed this course.

Please note that there are many ways that you may apply the knowledge you will acquire on this course; for example, you may want to apply it to your own work as an author, or you may want to use it to implement and manage textual brand consistency within your organization. However, if you wish to become a full-time professional copyeditor and proofreader, you will need to engage deeply with texts; this requires a keen eye for detail; sometimes, depending on where you will be applying your expertise, it may require long periods of concentrated (sometimes isolated) work. Thus, to sustain a career as a professional copyeditor and proofreader, it is advisable that one possess the necessary disposition.

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Module 1 01. Welcome
Unit 1 01. Instructor's welcome message
Unit 2 02. How to navigate
Module 2 02. Background & approach
Unit 1 03. Teaching approach
Unit 2 04. Role of the copyeditor
Unit 3 05. Readers' reactions
Unit 4 06. The writer's voice
Unit 5 07. Copyediting approach
Unit 6 08. Attitude and tone
Unit 7 09. Decisions
Module 3 03. Elements of copy-editing
Unit 1 10. Context
Unit 2 11. Style
Unit 3 12. Style implementation
Unit 4 13. Briefing
Module 4 04. Copy-editing processes
Unit 1 14. Workflow
Unit 2 15. Routine
Unit 3 16. Text types
Module 5 05. Reference works
Unit 1 17. Reference works
Module 6 06. Copy-editing practice
Unit 1 18. Setup
Unit 2 19. Track changes
Module 7 07. Copy-editing approaches and philosophy
Unit 1 20. Punctuation approaches
Module 8 08. Composition
Unit 1 21. Paragraphing
Module 9 09. Definitions and terminology
Unit 1 22. Language competence
Module 10 10. Writing
Unit 1 23. Good writing
Module 11 11. Grammar
Unit 1 24. Language structuring
Unit 2 25. Functions of punctuation
Module 12 12. Copy-editing tools
Unit 1 26. Checklists
Module 13 13. Organizations
Unit 1 27. Memberships
Module 14 Final Assessments: Copy-editing quiz (theory) and practical (copyediting of a text)
Unit 1 Final Assessment 1: End-of-course theory (quiz)
Unit 2 Final Assessment 2: End-of-course practical (mini assignment)
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