We copy-edit and proofread all types of documents, including theses, articles, reports, presentations, proposals, user manuals, books, magazines, newsletters, e-books, e-zines, e-newsletters, blogs, and marketing materials.


WriteArt offers three levels of copy-editing and three additional services, as follows:


Level one: spelling and punctuation.


Level two: spelling, punctuation and grammar.


Level three: spelling, punctuation, grammar, wordiness, diction, register, composition, consistency and cross-referencing. Where styles have not been applied consistently, a style will be suggested and recorded (and may be be applied), either within the document or in a style sheet.


Level three plus text cutting: This involves cutting the number of words for a given text. An example of where this would be required is a journal article that that has to comply with a specified number of words.


Document styling: Document styling entails applying a particular style to a document, usually a style guide, sometimes referred to as house style.


Document formatting: Document formatting refers to the visual aspects of a document, which may include creating application-specific styles. Other examples of document formatting are alignment, colours, and horizontal and vertical spacing.


Quotes are based on a standardized 250-word page or part thereof. This means that you pay only for pages with text and not for space occupied by images. Depending on the client’s requirements, WriteArt will also quote by the hour. 


All full-time students submitting essays, assignments, theses and dissertations for copy-editing will be given a 20% discount (see the Fees web page).


Quotes for proofreading are usually based on an estimated number of hours to proofread a document or publication. Depending on clients’ requirements, quotes may also be per page.



Where documents need checking to ensure that markups by editors and other parties have been implemented and that no errors have crept in along the way, or have been missed during the copy-editing phase, this is referred to as proofreading, in one of its senses. Proofreading, in another of its senses, has also come to mean a light copy-edit. For this, second, sense of the word, please refer to copy-editing levels one and two, above.

Electronic Copy-editing & Proofreading course

I have just completed the WriteArt copy-editing and proofreading online course. I found setting up the course and access to the necessary information easy and the instructions clear. The content of the course was comprehensive, helpful and informative. The prescribed text book 'The Natural Creative Process in Writing' was not only useful for the course but also for my own writing. Russell was friendly, helpful and instructive in the feedback sessions. I would definitely recommend this course for someone interested in going into copy-editing.

Dr Glynis Parker
Course Graduate – 20 December 2016

Electronic Copy-editing & Proofreading Course

I found this course very helpful, particular in terms of thinking about the process of writing and copy-editing. It’s made me more aware of how I proofread texts and what kind of steps I take to ensure my job is done properly. It’s also prompted me to think about the writing process differently, something that has made writing feel more approachable for me. Russell was incredibly helpful and understanding which made the process easier and far less stressful than it could have been.

Justine Kerford
Course Graduate – 3 May 2017

Electronic Copy-editing course & Proofreading course

This is a very serious course that made me realize the importance of having to develop a good command of grammar. The course is very comprehensive, and it requires grit, perseverance and commitment of time and resources on the part of the student. What I also liked about taking this course was the fact that the tutor was always available to offer assistance and encouragement, and he responded to queries promptly.

Course Graduate – 7 December 2017
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