Proofreading Masterclass

Catch those credibility-busting mistakes before you hit ‘send’ 

 

1 day or ½ day

Proofreading your own work is difficult – for everyone.  

 

When we know something well, our brain predicts what it’s going to see. So, we see what we expect to see. And this makes spotting errors in our own writing very difficult indeed. 

 

During this hands-on course, participants will learn how to ‘trick’ their brain into seeing their writing with fresh eyes by using reliable proofreading techniques.
 

This course comes in two formats: 

 

• ½ day – proofreading workshop only

• 1 day – proofreading workshop + grammar and punctuation refresher

Participants will be able to:

 

  • improve their reputation with clients and senior managers who will no longer be distracted by typos and grammatical errors  
  • increase their ability to identify and correct mistakes in their own work 
  • reduce the time they spend proofreading by using better techniques

Proofreading Workshop

  • Why proofreading matters
  • Why proofreading their own work is so difficult 
  • Proofreading techniques that actually work
  • Editing techniques that quickly improve their writing 
  • Writing techniques that minimise errors 
  • Common mistakes to watch out for 
  • Working practices that enhance proofreading   

 

If your organisation has a style guide, we can incorporate an exercise which reminds participants of its key points.

Grammar and Punctuation Refresher 

  • Word use: words that are commonly-confused or mis-used
  • Grammar: sentence structures, nouns, pronouns and verbs 
  • Punctuation: capitalisation, apostrophes, commas, semi-colons and other marks 
  • Using punctuation to improve readability  
  • Resources for checking their word-usage, punctuation and grammar

Tailored version

This course can be adapted to the specific needs of your team so they can focus on their real projects and challenges. A reasonable design fee will be added to the cost of the course if you choose this option.

Find out more

If you’d like to have a chat about Proofreading Masterclass for your team, please send me a message.