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Honorary president: Judith Butcher Honorary vice-president: David Crystal OBE

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Interested in editorial training?

The SfEP offers classroom and online training in editing and proofreading.

SfEP training courses

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.

This website contains much information – for members and associates, for those who would like to employ them and for anyone connected in some way to the production of text. In particular, you can find out about:

You can also visit the SfEP online shop, where you can purchase an essential BSI card and take advantage of the expert advice found in our SfEP Guides.

Draft upgrade proposal

We know that some people find it hard to upgrade, so we want to make the process less daunting and provide extra routes for people with less typical training or experience. For a preview, see the draft upgrade proposal.

Upgrade proposal (DRAFT)

Draft editorial syllabus

In response to demand, we are developing an editorial test as part of upgrading. For an outline of what the test might include, see the draft editorial syllabus.

Editorial syllabus (DRAFT)

Conference booking now open

Join us at Royal Holloway, University of London, on 13 to 15 September for the SfEP AGM and 25th annual conference, 'Editing: fit for purpose'.

The conference is an opportunity to explore new skills and ideas while networking and socialising with colleagues. Speakers include Robert McCrum of the Observer and Mark Forsyth, author of The Etymologicon, The Horologicon and the Inky Fool blog.

Book by 18 April to claim the early-bird discount.

Find out more and book online

Looking for a freelance editor, proofreader or project manager?

Search the SfEP Directory of Editorial Services

Have a question about proofreading or copy-editing? Check out our FAQs or email our HelpDesk.

Test your proofreading skills

Do you think proofreading is simply a case of spotting the odd typo? Try our multiple-choice proofreading test and discover what it really involves – and whether you have what it takes to do it.

Buying books, software, CDs, etc. or office supplies? Use the links below – it costs nothing extra, and the SfEP earns a percentage of the price you pay.