Course summary
5 hours
420 GBP excl. VAT
City of London
Copy Editing

Course description

Copy Editing

Through a series of practical exercises, you will learn to approach the printed word in a more analytical and critical way, allowing you to spot errors quickly and have the confidence to rewrite everyday text into concise, precise and compelling editorial copy at high speed. The course will cover the basics of copy editing, the flow of work from start to end, grammar, tricky spelling, common mistakes in punctuation, working to house style, essential typography, writing compelling copy, interesting headlines and working with figures. 

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Suitability - Who should attend?

The Copy Editing course is suitable for anyone who is a proofreader looking to enhance their freelancing opportunities, someone within a publishing house, or working in communications and producing content, or if you are someone who has some editing work but lack formal training.

Outcome / Qualification etc.

The Copy Editing course will provide you with the specific knowledge and practical skills needed to successfully work as a copy-editor in the publishing industry, in-house in your organisation, working in communications and needing to produce high end content and beyond.

Training Course Content

On this course, you will learn:

Introduction To:

  • Copy-Editing
  • Proofreading
  • Workflow from raw copy to published material


  • Common mistakes
  • Awkward challenges and how to meet them
  • Proofreading techniques


  • Common mistakes
  • Awkward challenges and how to meet them


  • Common mistakes
  • Awkward challenges and how to meet them
  • Proofreading techniques

House Style:

  • What should a house style achieve?
  • Style guide components
  • How to establish and maintain a style guide
  • Essential typography

Elements of Style:

  • Making dense copy easy to read
  • Making dry copy compelling to read
  • Writing catchy headlines, intros, captions
  • Rogues’ gallery: from clichés to mixed metaphors

Figures (Consistency):

  • Handling numbers within text copy
  • Statistics
  • Tables and graphs

About provider

London School of Public Relations

London School of Public Relations

Since 1992 the London School of Public Relations (LSPR) has been training aspiring and existing PR professionals to help them progress their careers in public relations and related roles. The school offers a range of practical, intensive, tailored and engaging training...

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London School of Public Relations

118A Kensington Church Street
W8 4BH London

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Average rating 4.5

Based on 16 reviews

Chloe K.
The Copy-Editing course gave a really solid overview of how to identify errors and improve copy in many ways, which will be very useful in my career.
Laurene G.
The training was very useful, I learnt many tips on copy editing and I now feel more confident with the prospect of proofreading a piece. The tutor was very interesting, patient and competent. I would definitely recommend this course.
Rebecca L.
This course was well laid out and everything was explained succinctly. It was very helpful and informative. We covered lots of material and I am confident to go back to work and start using these skills.
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