Executive and Professional Development
Typographical and other grammatical errors cause bumps in the road that slow down, confuse and/or frustrate readers. Some mistakes can even change the meaning of sentences. They also call into question the care and competency we bring to a piece of writing.
Despite the unconventional use and spelling of words found in social media, error-free, professional writing is still expected in the workplace today. Being able to effectively proofread your work, or that of others, is an essential skill.
This course discusses your role as a proofreader, the challenges proofreaders face, and best practices for increasing accuracy and efficiency. It’s about slowing your eyes down so the brain can catch up, and giving the mind a fresh new look at a piece of writing you’ve seen 15 times. You’re proofreading skills will be put to the test and there are exercises on the most challenging grammatical issues, including quotation marks, who/whom, and possessives. The use of style guides and how to develop one will also be reviewed
Participants are invited to bring a writing sample from their workplace for proofreading.
Proofreading Plus is a required seminar for the Series for Excellence in Written Communication.
DATES - 1 Day Seminar
The proofreading process
- Tips and techniques for enhancing your proofreading skills
- How to mark copy for correction
- The difference between copy editing and proofreading
- Fact checking vs. proofreading
What You Will Learn
Upon completion of the seminar, you will know:
- How to professionally proofread your writing or someone else's writing
- How to make the proofreading process as effective as possible
- The purpose of a style guide and how to develop a customized guide for your workplace
- Methods to catch mistakes before your readers do
- How to find glitches even after reading and re-reading
Who Should Attend?
You will benefit from this seminar if you:
- write as part of your job – everything from letters to memos to brochures to reports to newsletters
- are accountable for the information contained in written documents
- proofread other people's writing
- you distribute information to external and internal audiences
- want to enhance your credibility
For fun: There are three errors in this course description. Did you spot them?