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 . Chapterhouse seminars are held at Monticello House in Russell Square , London or at Imperial College London , close to South Kensington tube station.
Thanks for these tips! I have been revising and editing my book for a few days now, and reading this post has given me a better way to target my editing efforts. It’s easy for me to edit other people’s work, but I have always struggled with editing my own (mainly because I procrastinated and didn’t leave time to edit while in school). My struggles are with “really,” “the fact of the matter is,” “so,” using “that” when it’s not necessary, and changing voice. I will be returning to this post again before I’m ready to publish!
Proofreading is sometimes mistaken for copy editing, but technically speaking, it’s a separate process. Proofing is done after editing and layout, after the page proofs have been prepared by the designer. While copy editing errors may still be found, a proofreader is concerned with other elements. I will check all design elements for accuracy and consistency including headers, level heads, page numbering, word breaks, end-of-line breaks, page breaks, cross references, and appropriate placement of tables and artwork. May include completion of table of contents and index and numbering of cross references. See my page Editing versus proofreading for more about the differences.