About our Proofreading Skills workshop

How do you feel when you read a report, leaflet, letter or professional website that contains errors in grammar, spelling and punctuation? Not impressed?

We all know that business writing must be polished and professional at all times, but the challenge lies in avoiding errors and inconsistencies in grammar, spelling and punctuation. Information must be correct, clear, and concise and must communicate the intended message.

How do you check that a sentence is grammatically correct? When do you use “that” and “which”? When can you use “infer”? What is best practice in writing numbers and dates? These are the kinds of issues that proof-readers face every day.

This workshop gives attendees a road-map of the issues a proofreader must be aware of, and how to navigate them. This workshop uses hands-on practical work to help attendees ‘learn by doing’.

Learning Outcomes

Topics for discussion will include:

Intended Audience

This workshop uses a variety of authentic material, including some from your organisation. It is suitable for anyone who would like to ensure that all of their written material is correct and consistent.

Register your interest.

To register your interest in upcoming cohorts of this programme, email info@pai.ie

For further information on having this course delivered inhouse, either online or in-person, email inhousetraining@pai.ie

Upcoming Dates

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20

Oct

The Key Provisions of Drafting and Reading Contracts (for Non-Legal Professionals)

10:00 AM – 1:00 PM

Sarah Marriott

Stylish solution for a proofreader’s biggest challenge

One of the challenges for proofreaders is knowing what rules to apply – and what is the style of your organisation. Some of the most common questions are:

  • How do you punctuate bullet-point lists?
    • Do you start with an upper-case letter?
    • Do you use punctuation at the end of lines?
    • Do you use a full stop at the end?
  • When do you use a comma or a semi-colon?
    • What’s the difference?
    • Do you use a comma before ‘and’?
    • Do you use semi-colons in the middle of sentences?
  • How do you write numbers?
    • When do you write 1, 2, 3 and when do you write one, two, three?
    • Do you write numbers differently online?
    • Is it correct to mix numbers written words (one, two, three) with numbers written as digits (10, 11 ,12)?

The solution to this challenge for proofreaders – and for everyone who writes at work – is a style guide.  This is a resource that answers all those questions, and more.

Organisations have many writers who have to communicate with many ‘stakeholders’ in many different ways. A style guide can help organisations which want to present a consistent style in all written communications. It makes decisions on how to use language, punctuation and layout to create a professional style – and answers all the questions above.

A style guide can support writers, editors and proofreaders who need to write clearly, concisely and correctly. It can also save time as you can simply consult the guide, instead of searching through old documents or asking colleagues for answers.  It’s particularly useful when more than one person is writing a report or web content to ensure that style is consistent throughout.

Starting a style guide is easy. The first step is to simply begin noting down the existing styles you use and decisions you make when facing new style issues. The second step is for everyone in your team to follow those style decisions.

Until then, you can use existing style guides, such as:

www.gov.uk/guidance/style-guide/a-to-z-of-gov-uk-style

 

www.hse.ie/eng/about/who/communications/digital/content/

 

www.theguardian.com/guardian-observer-style-guide-a

 

Sarah Marriott is a highly experienced trainer and former journalist who specialises in delivering Writing Skills courses for the public and private sectors.

Sarah has worked as a feature writer and sub-editor at The Irish Times. She has also been involved in training Irish Times editorial staff. She is a former lecturer on the MA in Journalism at Dublin Institute of Technology and is author of Common Errors in Written English.

On Wednesday 29 May, Sarah Marriott will lead a Proofreading seminar. For more information, or to book, click here.