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

Learn how to edit and proofread with confidence

This sub-editing and proofreading course is suitable for anyone who wants to know how to edit and proof copy – whether they’re journalists, content producers, bloggers or work in communications. It covers:

  • how to tighten copy
  • writing in the active voice (and knowing when to use the passive)
  • 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.


Public sub-editing and proofreading course – webinar over two half days

The next webinar will be on 22 and 23 February.

It will run over two half days from 9.30am-12.45pm AEDT.

Only six places are available to make sure everyone can participate and receive feedback. Tickets cost $320 (plus GST).

Digital handbooks and certificates will be given, in addition to a recording of the webinar.

Register now for the February webinar

If you can’t make this workshop, register your interest and I’ll let you know when the next course will be.


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

I provide staff training across Australia and New Zealand that can be run online 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 or in person.

Contact me to find out more  

Who am I?

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

I’ve been teaching sub-editing courses for over a decade, including at the Australian Centre for Independent Journalism (ACIJ) and UTS.

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.