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.

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

Chapterhouse 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 Chapterhouse Proofreading Course covers just proofreading, and the Chapterhouse Copy-editing and Proofreading Combined Course deals with both skills.

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. Most courses are held in London.

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