Executive and Professional Development

Proofreading Plus

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

March 4, 2020

 $420 + HST
Facilitator: donalee Moulto, BA
Location: Saint Mary’s University at 1800 Argyle Street 8th Floor Halifax NS


Program Content

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?