Are you interested in copyediting?

Great for experienced proofreaders & writers looking to expand their services. Curious learners & self-starters should start with proofreading first.

Are you interested in copyediting? Is it like proofreading? What do copyeditors do? Well, if any of these questions have crossed your mind, this class is for you! Practically speaking, the job of the copyeditor is much more detailed and specialized than a proofreader. However, it helps to have a basic knowledge of proofreading, because all of those skills transfer to copyediting.

In fact, as companies continue to downsize, a copyeditor might also function as an all-in-one writer and proofreader. We also tackle this burning question at the very beginning of the course: "Is it copyediting (one word) or copy editing (two words)?" Enroll in this engaging copyediting course to find out! "AP Style Copyediting 101" is informational and practical, and covers popular style issues such as capitalization, punctuation, and abbreviations.

***NOTE: You DO NOT need to purchase a copy of the "Associated Press Stylebook" to complete this course.***

As a result of taking this class, you will:
  • Understand the duties, workflow and skill requirements for copyediting.
  • Learn the differences between proofreading & copyediting.
  • Understand the importance of style guides and how to use them.
  • Review essential grammar concepts.
  • Apply your copyediting skills to real-world documents.

Course Curriculum

    1. Welcome to Class!

    2. Video: Viewing the Lessons

    3. Video: Downloading Materials

    4. PDF: Course Syllabus Schedule

    5. Text: Introduce Yourself

    1. Video: Copyediting vs. copy editing

    2. Slides: Copyediting vs. copy editing

    3. Quiz: Grammar Warmup

    1. Video: Proofreading vs. Copyediting

    2. Slides: Proofreading vs. Copyediting

    3. Handout: Proofreading vs. Copyediting

    4. Quiz: Knowledge Check

    5. Assign: Edit an Article

    1. Proofreading Quiz

    2. PDF: Proofreading Test

    3. Answers: Proofreading Test

    1. Video: Job of the Copyeditor

    2. Slides: Job of the Copyeditor

    3. Text: Real-life Example

    4. BONUS eBook: 6 Steps to Copyediting

    5. Quiz: Job of the Copyeditor

    1. Video: The Copyeditor Toolkit

    2. Slides: The Copyeditor Toolkit

    3. DQ: Assignment

    4. Quiz: The Copyeditor Toolkit

About this course

  • 92 lessons
  • 2.5 hours of video content

What's Inside

As an individual (single user) taking this class for personal or professional development, you have full access to class materials for your specified time of enrollment (no expiration for lifetime access). You must complete all lessons and surveys to receive your certificate. Learn at your own pace. The instructor retains all copyright ownership for all of the materials presented in this course. Any resources not directly written by the instructor are duly noted and properly cited. Students are expected to abide by fair use laws when printing course materials. No part of this course may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system, or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic, mechanical, photocopying, recording or otherwise, without the prior written permission of the author.

  • Content Drip Schedule: 2x weekly
    Weekly Study Time: 2-4 hours
    Course Completion: 11 weeks
    Course Hours: 44

  • Video Lessons
    Lecture Slides
    PDF Handouts
    Weekly Reminder Emails

  • Duration: Lifetime Access)
    Certificate of Completion

Your Instructor

“If you can’t explain it simply, you don’t understand it well enough.”--Albert Einstein

Ashan R. Hampton

Instructor Bio

Ashan R. Hampton served as an English instructor in higher education for over 20 years. She proudly cherishes the distinction of being the first African American graduate of the Donaghey Scholars Program at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, under the direction of Dr. C. Earl Ramsey, Emeritus. With her doctoral studies on hold, Ashan has found success in online education. She produces and teaches original writing and grammar courses for global audiences. Outside of academics, Ashan worked for short stints in the corporate world as a technical writer, website designer, digital content coordinator, proofreader and legal editor. She is also a self-published author who has recently released multiple books on grammar, writing, proofreading and copyediting, now available on Amazon, Lulu, and other popular booksellers. All book titles and ordering information are posted on her website at: