Copyediting - Advanced


6 hours




City Campus



Next Intake

To be determined


Do you want to improve and expand your editing skills? Learn to consider the distinct needs of readers, authors and publishers, and the particular challenges these create.This advanced course offers discussion of the principles and challenges of copyediting, and practical exercises for revising and correcting a range of complex written material to make it suitable for typesetting and publication.

Course content

  • Revision of standard editing marks
  • Applying complex house styles
  • Register and tone
  • Handling headings and subheadings
  • Handling illustrations and captions
  • Handling references
  • Creating effective paragraphs
  • Principles of structural and substantive editing
  • Working with writers
  • Working with the wider publishing team


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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For this advanced course the following prerequisites are recommended:

  • Good general English language skills and a good grasp of the fundamentals of grammar, punctuation and spelling.
  • Familiarity with standard copyediting mark-up technique.

Materials supplied

All relevant course notes are supplied with comprehensive instructions and exercises.

Materials to bring

Pen, paper and/or laptop for note taking.

Suited to

This course is suited to anyone who works with their own or others' writing to bring it to a professional, polished standard suitable for publication. It is particularly suited to people currently working on or planning, publishing projects and to those wanting to extend their existing writing and editing skills. Students who have not completed Introduction to Copyediting short course are expected to have some experience in editing and/or publishing activity.


On the completion of this course, students will have undertaken a range of complex copyediting tasks, and analysed and discussed the structural and substantive aspects of varied texts. Students will have acquired a range of resources, techniques and strategies to improve writing for a specific audience and/or publication. This course is particularly suited to people currently working on, or planning, publishing projects and to those wanting to extend their existing writing and editing skills.

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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