Sub-editing and proofreading course – one-on-one and staff training

Learn how to edit and proofread with confidence

This subbing and proofreading course covers:

  • how to tighten copy
  • writing in active vs passive voice
  • making sure the lead isn’t buried
  • writing strong intros
  • structuring copy so it flows well
  • writing headlines that work across print and online
  • search engine optimisation (SEO) techniques
  • grammatical rules an editor needs to know
  • punctuation tips on apostrophes, commas, hyphens, dashes, semicolons and more
  • proofreading tips and tricks
  • using proofreading mark-up symbols
  • how to manage production flow
  • tips on working with writers and designers
  • defamation and media law tips.

This is a fun and practical course with many editing exercises included throughout.

Who am I?

I’m a former Sydney Morning Herald editor with over 20 years of experience across print and online.

Subbing and proofreading training for organisations – conducted online or in person

I provide staff training across Australia and New Zealand that can be run through video conferencing or on your premises.

The training can be customised to suit your needs and content. To make the training as relevant as possible, exercises and examples can be based on your copy.

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One-on-one training

Personalised one-on-one sessions are available, allowing me to focus on the specific editing and proofing skills you want to build.

The sessions can be taught online over Skype or in person.

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Who can benefit from this sub-editing and proofreading course?

This subbing course will help anyone improve their editing skills, whether they’re new to editing or are an experienced editor who wants a refresher.

Participants often work in:

  • marketing
  • communications
  • publishing
  • journalism
  • public relations (PR)
  • blogging.


Public sub-editing and proofreading courses

I also run sub-editing workshops around Australia that are open to the public.

Register your interest and I’ll let you know when the next public course in your area will be.