Proofreading Essentials

Make all of your work look and read better

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  • Discussions Mondays 9-10pm ET, 2 sessions full schedule

Anyone who works with words is, by default, a proofreader. Producing clean and clear copy -- whether it's an article, a resume, a Web page, or a press release -- requires skill and practice. Proofreaders need to act as the finest-toothed of fine-toothed combs. 

You’ll learn about the errors that most commonly elude the watchful eyes of editors, and how to make sure they don’t elude yours. Identify and correct such common errors as inaccurate punctuation, faulty subject-verb agreement, and confusion about plurals and possessives. If you have a job anywhere in media -- even if the only thing you have to write are emails -- learning to read like a proofreader can be an invaluable skill. 

In this class, you will learn how to:

  • Slow down your reading
  • Catch what a spell checker never will
  • Build and reference a style sheet
  • Detect and correct advanced grammar and punctuation mistakes

By the end of class, you will have:

The ability to revise and polish writing of all types and lengths, and confidently produce error-free text

Pete Keeley is the online copy chief for The Hollywood Reporter. He has previously worked for Backstage magazine and The Huffington Post. He also does a fair amount of freelance — mostly editing, some writing. When a conflict arises between AP style and Chicago style, he will side with Chicago nine times out of ten.