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Editing for Non-Editors: Find and Fix the Most Common Errors in Documents


Are you a writer or designer? Are you responsible for the quality control of documents? Does your work involve correcting other people’s writing (or your own)? Or are you a new editor looking for a fast track to working productively?

In this one-day seminar, you’ll learn to

  • organize your work according to the four levels of editing
  • target a text to its audience (content, tone and length)
  • find and fix the most common errors in grammar, usage, punctuation, spelling  and layout
  • find answers and back up your decisions using reference sources and dictionaries
  • apply plain-language principles, and check language level using online tools
  • shorten texts
  • work efficiently using an editorial process, version control, style sheets and checklists
  • use consistency-checking software and Word’s editorial tools
  • focus on all aspects of a product while proofreading

You’ll get hands-on practice with electronic files and hard copy, have an opportunity to ask decision-making and process questions, and find out where to learn more. Bring questions and situations from your workplace to discuss with your trainer—and the other participants. You’ll leave with a detailed handbook on the workshop content.

Contact the Seminar Chair to discuss group training options at your office.