Proofreading: The Final Step in Editing
You can’t afford to lose credibility by having errors in your publication or Website, but time, personnel and money are in short supply. This workshop covers the last step before publication – proofreading to ensure your document is ready to face the world. This workshop teaches strategies for efficiently and effectively capturing and eliminating errors. We’ll do exercises to demonstrate the difference between reading and proofreading. You’ll learn when to proofread during the production process, see where errors tend to lurk in documents, and evaluate which elements to focus your time on.
You’re invited to bring a document (electronic or print) from your workplace for consultation or as a possible group exercise.
Where proofreading fits in the publication process
Reading like a proofreader, not a reader
Deciding what to proofread for
Looking for errors where they hide
Proofreading live copy from dead copy, and “cold” proofreading
Using standard proofreaders’ marks
Proofreading on screen
Using electronic tools (such as MS Word and PDF markup) to proofread efficiently
Checking inputted changes
Proofreading your own writing or editing
- Anyone responsible for proofreading or quality control of documents in administration, communications, editing or translation services
- Writers who want to find the errors in their own work
- Designers who want to catch the errors in their layouts
- Editors wanting to expand their professional skills
Carolyn Brown is a Certified Professional Editor (Editors Canada) and certified Editor in the Life Sciences (Board of Editors in the Life Sciences). She has edited a wide variety of material for 35 years, specializing in scientific and medical publications for the past 25 years. She is the author of the chapter on citation in Editing Canadian English, 2nd edition, and a perennial seminar leader. She is also a scientific and medical writer and consultant on electronic publishing.
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