Proofreading Basics Online Training Course

How many times have you sent an email and then discovered that the date or price was wrong?  Or you have just received 1000 copies of a printed brochure only to discover that it suggested that further information is available from the Customer Services Manger instead of the Customer Services Manager!  Had you spent any time in proofreading your writing before hitting the “send” button?

Taking time to proofread documents would have avoided these embarrassing and expensive mistakes.  But today we are under constant pressure to get things done and we run out of time to proofread our writing.  A document with spelling, grammar and punctuation errors reflects poorly on you and the organisation where you work.

Our Proofreading Basics course will provide you with some useful tips and advice to help you with proofreading your writing.  The trainer is Lynda Willis who has delivered the course for many organisations over the last 15 years.

Who is the course for?

This online training course will benefit anyone who writes any content, whether on paper or digitally.  This could be a blog post, social media response, an inhouse newsletter, packaging or even a press release.  This highly interactive course will help to improve your accuracy and confidence in proofreading.

Bespoke inhouse courses can be delivered to a group of staff from the same organisation. Alternatively individuals can book places on an open course which take place from time to time.

How is the course delivered?

This is an online course and it is delivered to attendees via Zoom, Go To Meeting or Microsoft Teams. Delegates will be able to see the trainer and the slides as well as being encouraged to make comments via the chat function and to make verbal comments too.

What is covered in the Basic Proofreading course?

  • What is proofreading?
  • Why bother with proofreading?
  • Where, what and when of proofreading?
  • How to proofread
  • Grammar, punctuation and spellings
  • Capital letters, names and numbers
  • Confusing words
  • How to improve your proofreading skills
  • Editing

How long is the course?

This is a two hour course but it is delivered in two sessions each lasting one hour each. There is usually a gap of a week between the two sessions to give participants time to carry out some extra tasks.


Proofreading Basics was a very well put together course covering relevant practical issues. The use of practical exercises was excellent and helped develop skills.

John McKeeDepartment of Agriculture and Rural Development

The trainer (Lynda Willis) kept the course running at a good pace and interacted very well with all the participants. She had a very positive approach

Anne CromieCCEA

Using apostrophes

Do you struggle with apostrophes?  The use of apostrophes is covered in this course but this short video highlights some common apostrophe blunders.