NewProofreading and Editing
Proofreading seeks to eliminate errors from our writing. Editing seeks to improve our writing’s style. The two sets of skills overlap. In this intensive and practical course, you’ll work on both. The result? You’ll feel confident that your writing will be well-presented and readable.
The course is intensely practical. We use a set of exercises to demonstrate a range of proofing activities. Optional sessions are available, on proofreading transcripts, and on using proofreading marks.
Editing is the process of improving the style of our writing. We develop a strategic approach to editing, working on paragraphs, sentences, and words, in that order. We explore methods of evaluating and measuring readability, as well as online tools for improving grammar, punctuation and style.
The course also includes a number of opportunities for Q&A sessions, so that delegates can explore specific issues or skills relevant to their own work.
This course is suitable for anyone who needs to proofread or edit documents to a high standard. It will be especially relevant for people who produce reports as part of strategic decision-making, who write or edit transcripts of meetings, or who work in publications departments of public sector organisations.
This workshop enables you to proof and edit to a high standard. In particular, you’ll leave the workshop able to:
The workshop involves close individual work. For this reason:
The above training can be completely customised fit your exact organisational requirements. This means you can add your own specific work examples and case studies which makes the learning even more relevant and effective.
10:00 - 16:00
Available to be delivered In-House. Contact us for a quotation.
Face to Face or Virtual
This course is available In-House and can be tailored to meet your individual training requirements.Enquire
Alan Barker is an associate of the Civil Service College and an accomplished training consultant, coach, and author with over 25 years of experience. Alan specialises in creativity and writing skills, providing comprehensive training in various aspects of professional writing.Read Bio
Alan Barker is an associate of the Civil Service College and an accomplished training consultant, coach, and author with over 25 years of experience. As a preferred supplier of training and coaching for the Greater London Authority (GLA), Alan specialises in creativity and writing skills, providing comprehensive training in various aspects of professional writing.
His extensive expertise covers business English, plain English, concise writing, report writing, strategic report writing, advanced report writing, technical report writing, writing for policy, copywriting, speechwriting, proofreading and editing skills, and minutes and agendas.
At CSC, Alan has conducted workshops for esteemed organizations such as GLA, Greater Manchester, and the Ministry of Justice. He has also delivered a public course on Concise Writing. Apart from his association with CSC, Alan is an Affiliate Professional of the Chartered Institute of Marketing, where he conducts a copywriting masterclass and a course on creativity for copywriters. As an associate of the European Speechwriter Network, Alan leads seminars on speechwriting.
Alan's impressive roster of client organizations spans multiple sectors, including local government, finance, culture, science, and the environment. Some notable clients include Alpha Real Capital, The British Museum, The British Science Association, The Environmental Protection Agency (United States), The House of Commons (London), and ICAEW (The Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales).
With a deep understanding of the art and science of effective communication, Alan Barker continues to empower civil servants across industries, helping them sharpen their writing skills and unleash their creative potential
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