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How to Find and Correct Writing Errors: The Proofreading Guide

via Skillshare


Did that spelling mistake in your cover letter cost you the job interview?
Did you annoy a client by misspelling her name?
Have you edited and read over your writing 10 times but still worry that errors remain?

The Ultimate Guide to Proofreading is for writers and editors of any genre who are looking to develop their proofreading skills and prevent embarrassing errors in written documents.

The proofreading stage is the last chance to catch errors before colleagues, publishers, application committees, and the general public read your writing. Effective proofreading is about polishing your documents to impress readers with pristine prose and design.  Yet proofreading does not get enough attention as it’s often rushed or avoided altogether. 

The Ultimate Guide to Proofreading is the first comprehensive Skillshare course on the subject.

First, I explain how to develop the right mindset to catch errors. I then show where most errors lurk. I examine the most common errors in words, punctuation, and design and format. I additionally provide unique techniques for making your proofreading work easier and more effective.  

These tips come from my 20-year career in editing and proofreading positions. I've edited thousands and thousands of written documents and I use these techniques every day.  

The objectives of this course are to help students understand the key principles of proofreading, learn the techniques required, and apply them effectively to real documents. No prerequisite knowledge or materials are required. 

Enroll now to learn tested tips for getting those annoying errors out of your documents and the documents of clients and colleagues.


  • Overview
  • Welcome from the Instructor
  • What are Good Habits for Proofreading?
  • Good Habits Tips before you Start
  • The Importance of Practical Tips
  • 8 Practical Proofreading Tips
  • Don't Forget about the Punctuation!
  • 9 Tips for Proofreading Words and Punctuation
  • The Proofreading Symbols Professionals Use
  • Why Lists and Guides are so Important
  • The Use of Lists and Guides in the Proofreading Process
  • An Overview of Format, Design, Graphics Errors
  • 6 Tips for Proofreading the Format, Design, Graphics
  • A Quick Word on Final Tasks
  • Don't Forget to do These 5 Final Tasks
  • Why Getting Help is so Important
  • 5 Tips about Getting Help

Taught by

Duncan Koerber


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