The Proofreader Express one-day seminar covers the art and trade of proofreading, focusing on:
- The place of proofreading in publishing.
- Spotting errors.
- Using the proofreading symbols.
- Grammar, spelling and punctuation for proofreaders.
- The difference between proofreading and copy-editing.
- Techniques and approach.
- Exercises and assessments.
- Work and how to get it.
This is certainly the fastest and most efficient proofreading course available.
New techniques are reinforced with exercises, and your tutor can answer your questions. Students take away two detailed manuals of course notes and additional exercises (with full model answers) to practise their new skills and the proofreading symbols.
After the proofreading course you complete a free assessment in your own time, and successful students are awarded the Chapterhouse Certificate of Competence in Proofreading, which is highly regarded in the industry. Chapterhouse also give students two years of email support after the course. We’re happy to help with guidance both on finding and on doing the work.
The one-day proofreading course is usually taught by our Senior Tutor, Tom Richards. Our 2017 seminars are held at Monticello House, London, which is in Russell Square, conveniently placed for public transport. We start at 10 am and finish at 4.45 pm, with a break at lunchtime. If you are looking to study copy-editing as well, try our four-day proofreading and copy-editing seminar.
This is the seminar equivalent of the Chapterhouse Proofreading Correspondence Course.
Recent feedback from a Chapterhouse proofreading seminar student:
At the end of this course Tom asked if we could give an opinion on the new venue (Monticello House). I took the train in from Ingatestone, Essex to Stratford or Liverpool Street and then caught the Central Line to Holborn. I found it very convenient and was pleased to see that there was a choice of underground routes or buses which would have been useful if I had encountered delays. Russell Square was very easy to find. There were plenty of options for lunch and it was close enough to the British Museum to spend a short time there in the lunch hour too. I liked the venue very much.
MEET A CHAPTERHOUSE STUDENT
What’s your background? I worked in admin for two years in a small gas company, where I proofread the company’s website and its marketing products, which I loved! Less formally, I critiqued poetry on a poetry community site.
Why a Chapterhouse proofreading course? I didn’t really know anything about ‘proofreading’ until a friend suggested I look into it as she knew I had a way with / love of words and an interest in publishing. I did some research, and the Chapterhouse website was informative and helpful.
Any advice for someone thinking about the course? I loved all of it. I loved speaking to people who had made a living out of working in publishing. Honestly, I wish it could have been longer.