With Chapterhouse proofreading and copy-editing courses, you can

  • Work from home doing freelance proofreading or copy-editing (or both)
  • Earn extra money in a way that fits in with your lifestyle
  • Improve your existing career – businesses need proofreading or copy-editing experts on their staff
  • Break into the publishing industry as a copy-editor or proofreader
  • Do a job you’ll actually enjoy
There is an enormous demand for trained proofreaders and copy-editors, with over 200,000 hard copy books published annually in the UK, along with millions of brochures, catalogues, websites, reports, and magazines. And don’t forget, e-book authors increase their chances of becoming bestsellers by being properly copy-edited and proofread. Chapterhouse has been training newcomers to proofreading and copy-editing for almost twenty-five years – longer than any other company.

We are a specialist organisation and our focus is on giving our students the best possible chance to thrive, through our experience, expertise and individual support. Richard, a Chapterhouse director, says: “There is huge satisfaction to be had from both proofreading and copy-editing. Proofreading brings out the nit-picker in all of us, and copy-editing an author’s work to make it as good as it can be is a really rewarding way to spend your time – while earning money!”

What do proofreaders and copy-editors do?

The copy-editor works in detail on a book, before it has been designed and prepared for printing. Copy-editing involves improving the book and making it the best it can be, as well as finding all the little mistakes. Copy-editing is a broader job than proofreading, and copy-editors are usually paid slightly more.

The proofreader is the detail spotter who weeds out the last-minute errors (typos, spellings, punctuation) before the book goes into print but does not make substantial changes.

Many people work both as copy-editors and as proofreaders, however. Often, non-publishing clients (such as charities, businesses and other organisations) want a mixture of proofreading and copy-editing. Proofreading and copy-editing are both usually done by freelancers who work from home.

Chapterhouse correspondence courses or face-to-face seminars will train you to a professional standard in all editorial skills

October special offer: save up to £150 on correspondence courses!

Some students like to take their time and study at home at their own pace, taking up to a year to complete the course, and for them Chapterhouse offers two different correspondence courses. Students taking our correspondence courses receive manuals with lots of exercises and model answers for self-assessment, plus additional free exercises which can be sent in for detailed marking and feedback from our tutors.

The Proofreader Plus Course covers just proofreading, and the Proofreading and Editorial Skills Course deals with both proofreading and copy-editing.

Chapterhouse seminars

Run by Senior Tutor Tom Richards, Chapterhouse face-to-face seminars are warm and informal, with emphasis placed on group work and graduated exercises. We also give students as much personal attention as possible. There is a lot of discussion of English language, words, grammar and punctuation. Everyone enjoys the courses and learns a huge amount in a short time. Our four-day seminars cover both proofreading and copy-editing, while for students wanting an express course in proofreading, we have one-day seminars. Seminars are held at Imperial College London, and at University College Oxford.