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Having strong proofing and editing skills is key to achieving communication that is effective, engaging, and clear. Not only can mistakes in grammar, spelling and word choice detract from the clarity and impact of your message, but they can also compromise the reputation and credibility of your organisation.

Attend our Advanced Proofing and Editing course to develop your ability to identify and correct errors in your own writing, as well as learn how to effectively proofread and edit the work of others.

Through a mixture of tutor-led sessions and a timed written exercise, discover the common mistakes in proof reading and the techniques you can use to proofread under pressure.

Improve your ability to assess the consistency, clarity, and honesty of your writing and how to make the necessary revisions to produce polished and impactful content.

Leave the day with the tools you need to produce error-free and effective writing that resonates with your readers.

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Sue Calthorpe
Media & Communications Specialist

Susan works with organisations and individuals to improve their written communications skills.

She worked as a regional and national newspaper journalist before setting up a full-service communications company, now established for 30 years.

She works with public and private sector organisations to help with:

  • Effective emails
  • Report writing
  • Briefings and submissions
  • Persuasive and influential writing techniques
  • Promotional writing
  • Effective complaint handling
  • Communicating complex information for non-technical readers.

Her recent clients include Legal & General, HSBC, BRIT, the Law ...

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Learning Outcomes

  • Edit for style, length, consistency and credibility
  • Learn how to spot common mistakes to improve the way you proof your work
  • Take part in a timed written exercise to improve your editing and proofing skills
  • Confidently use a range of editing techniques to create text that readers want to read
  • Develop effective skills to improve the way you proof and edit your professional work
All the Understanding ModernGov courses are Continuing Professional Development (CPD) certified, with signed certificates available upon request for event.

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09:00 - 09:30


09:30 - 09:45

Trainer’s Welcome and Clarification of Learning Objectives

09:45 - 10:30

Writing: What’s Changed About the Way We’re Working?

  • Explore how hybrid and remote working has impacted how you proof and edit
  • Learn what to take into consideration to ensure you still produce high quality, accurate written information
10:30 - 11:15

Workshop: Proof Reading

  • Learn what common errors occur the most – discuss a checklist of common errors to watch out for to make it easier to proofread in a hurry
  • Take a quick test featuring commonly mis-spelt words and the reliable tools that will support you back at work
  • Gain techniques to proof under pressure – take part in a discussion on the stages of effective proof reading with a timed, hands-on exercise to put theory into practice
11:15 - 11:30

Morning Break

11:30 - 12:45

Editing for Consistency

  • Identify how to create text that readers want to read, rather than copy what they feel obliged to read
  • Take part in a practical exercise, rewriting real-life materials into a consistent format, style and tone
12:45 - 13:30


13:30 - 16:00

Editing Workshop

Editing for Length

  • Take part in a practical exercise to learn how to summarise 12 pages of text into 100 words with confidence
  • Learn how to include ‘must know’ information and use fewer words to add value rather than volume to your writing

Being a Critical Friend

  • Discuss the various kinds of feedback you can give, and how you can be a critical friend and mentor to improve writing across your organisation

Editing for Accuracy and Honesty

A final exercise to bring together the day’s learning. Rewrite an existing document to ensure it creates trust, conveys information accurately and honestly and delivers difficult messages with an impartial, objective style.

  • Constructively critique other participants’ exercises to look at best practice across the group and take home some final learning points
16:00 - 16:15

Feedback, Evaluation and Close