Choose a course

The table below lists the courses provided by the SfEP and gives an indication of their suitability:

  • Beginner: for those just starting out on a career in proofreading or editing (or wanting to find out if it is a suitable career for them)
  • Experienced: for those who are experienced but want to maintain or extend their level of knowledge

Click on a course name for more information, or read about our core proofreading or copy-editing suites in more detail.

Course title Availability Level
  Workshop Online Beginner Improver Experienced
Proofreading 1: Introduction    
Proofreading 2: Headway  
Proofreading 3: Progress  
Proofreading 4: Mentoring  
Copy-editing 1: Introduction    
Copy-editing 2: Headway  
Copy-editing 3: Progress  
Copy-editing 4: Mentoring  
Efficient editing: Strategies and tactics    
Editorial project management    
Proofreading theses and dissertations  
Web editing  
Practical mark-up of PDFs
Editing with Word
Introduction to fiction editing  
Medical editing  
Editing and proofreading music
Brush up your grammar
Going freelance and staying there    
Getting work with non-publishers  

Passing Proofreading 3: Progress or Copy-editing 3: Progress is normally a requirement for acceptance on to mentored proofreading or copy-editing respectively. All mentoring is carried out by distance learning.

This workshop will only be run if a local group wants to organise it. Please contact the SfEP office for more information.

There is no set pathway for these courses: everyone has different needs. Some people are starting a new career; others will already be quite experienced and might want to skip the basics. Contact the SfEP office if you need advice on what course would be best for you.