Copyediting - Introduction


6 hours




City Campus



Next Intake

To be determined


Do you want to improve your own or others' writing through editing? Learn the principles, techniques, tips and tricks used in revising and correcting written material. You will learn the fundamentals of copyediting in a range of practical exercises.The relevant skills and techniques can be applied to any type of publication, from a community newspaper or staff newsletter, to literary collections, catalogues, brochures, press releases, research papers and reports.

Course content

  • The principles of copy editing and working with writers
  • The difference between editing and proofreading
  • The copyeditor’s role in the production process
  • Copyediting tips and tools including appraising a document, working to a brief and creating a style sheet
  • The use of editing markup and standard editing terminology


There are currently no dates scheduled for this course. Please contact us or join our mailing list to express your interest in this course.

How to enrol

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Good general English language skills and a good grasp of the fundamentals of grammar, punctuation and spelling are recommended for this introductory course.

Materials supplied

All relevant course notes are supplied with comprehensive instructions and exercises. This is an extensive handbook and a workbook of exercises. All work will be done with hard-copy material, not on computer.

Materials to bring

Pen, paper and/or laptop for note taking. We will be working on examples from your workplace or current editing practice, so please bring one or two printed pages of unedited writing that is typical of what you currently edit.

Suited to

This course is suited to anyone who needs to revise their own or others' writing to improve its quality, effectiveness and readability.


Upon finishing the course you will receive a RMIT Certificate of Completion. You can use this as a record to demonstrate the outcomes covered in the course.

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Facilitator: Lu Sexton

Lu Sexton is an accredited editor with a background in the arts. She has been freelancing since 2009 and works with fiction, corporate writing and everything in between. 

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