The Society for Editors and Proofreaders (SfEP) is a professional organisation based in the UK for editors and proofreaders – the people who strive to make text accurate and readable.

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Looking for an editor or proofreader?

The Directory of Editorial Services provides contact information for around 600 SfEP members, plus details of the skills, subjects and services they offer. Find an editor or proofreader now.

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Training in editing and proofreading

Our workshops and online training courses will give you the skills you need to become a better editor or proofreader.

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The SfEP is a membership organisation for editors and proofreaders. Find out more about our structure, benefits of membership and how you can join us.

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Find out about the activities and resources that help make the SfEP what it is – a welcoming, supportive network of editorial professionals.

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Conference booking now open

Join us at Aston University, Birmingham, from 10 to 12 September for the SfEP conference and AGM. The conference is an opportunity to explore new skills and ideas while networking and socialising with editorial colleagues.

Speakers include the author, editor and director of the National Academy of Writing Richard Beard and the linguist, and now honorary president of the SfEP, David Crystal.

Conference booking is open until 8 July.

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Editing with Word

Our new online Editing with Word course shows you how to get routine or laborious editing tasks done quickly, efficiently and accurately using tools and techniques within Word.

You will look at templates and styles, macros, find & replace and more, and learn how to use PerfectIt, ReferenceChecker, The Editor's Toolkit and FRedit. Includes downloadable study notes, lots of practice exercises and a dedicated support forum.

Cost: £149 (members), completion = 5 upgrade points

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Find out about editing and proofreading

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See our range of guides

Our online shop has a range of guides to editing, marketing, project pricing and more. Specifically written for editors and proofreaders, these short guides will help you to get started or develop your career. All guides are exclusive to the SfEP.

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