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. (Yes, we talk about this in the course.) 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 introductory copyediting course to find out! "Copyediting 101 Skills & Drills" is informational and practical.

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.

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.

  • Video Lessons
    Lecture Slides
    PDF Handouts

  • One-time payment. Lifetime Access.

  • Certificate of Completion

  • Easy Payment via PayPal or Stripe (which also includes Alipay, Bancontact, EPS, WeChat Pay, giropay, iDEAL, Multibanco, SOFORT, and P24).

Course Curriculum

  • 1

    Getting Started

    • Welcome to Class!

    • Video: Viewing the Lessons

    • Video: Downloading Materials

  • 2

    Copyediting Introduction

    • Video: Copyediting vs. copy editing

    • Slides: Copyediting vs. copy editing

    • Quiz: Grammar Warmup

  • 3

    Proofreading vs. Copyediting

    • Video: Proofreading vs. Copyediting

    • Slides: Proofreading vs. Copyediting

    • Handout: Proofreading vs. Copyediting

    • Quiz

    • Assign: Edit an Article

  • 4

    Proofreading Review

    • Proofreading Quiz

    • PDF: Proofreading Test

    • PDF: Answers

  • 5

    Job of the Copyeditor

    • Video: Job of the Copyeditor

    • Slides: Job of the Copyeditor

    • Text: Real-life Example

    • Quiz: Proofreading Reminders

  • 6

    The Copyeditor Toolkit

    • Video: The Copyeditor Toolkit

    • Slides: The Copyeditor Toolkit

    • DQ: Assignment

  • 7

    Understanding Style Guides

    • Video: Using Style Guides

    • Slides: Using Style Guides

    • PDF: Copyeditor Style Essentials

  • 8

    Style Guide Essentials (AP)

    • Copyediting 101 Grammar, Style & Practice Excerpt

    • Quiz: AP Style Practice

    • Quiz: AP Style

    • PDF: Copyeditor Megatest

    • Answers: Copyeditor Megatest

  • 9

    Editing Numbers

    • Video: General Rules

    • Slides: General Rules

    • Video: Numbers as Words

    • Slides: Numbers as Words

    • Video: Numbers as Numerals

    • Slides: Numbers as Numerals

    • PDF: Numbers Exercise

    • Answers: Numbers Exercise

    • Quiz: Numbers

  • 10

    Copyeditor Grammar

    • Video: Copyeditor Grammar

    • Slides: Copyeditor Grammar

    • Quiz: Grammar Practice

    • Reminder: Grammar Classes

  • 11

    Copyeditor Grammar Test

    • PDF: Copyeditor Test

    • Answers: Copyeditor Test

    • PDF: Scoring Guide

    • Video: Answers Explained

  • 12

    Copyediting in Action

    • How I Copyedit

    • Video: Track Changes

    • PDF: What Copyediting Looks like

    • PDF: Copyedit a Memo

    • Answers: Copyedit a Memo

  • 13

    Writing Headlines

    • Video: Writing Headlines

    • Slides: Writing Headlines

    • DQ: Assignment

  • 14

    Editing Headlines

    • Video: Editing Headlines

    • Slides: Editing Headlines

    • PDF: Editing Checklist

    • PDF: Editing Exercise

    • Answers: Editing Exercise

  • 15

    Assignment: News Article

    • DQ: Copyediting Assignment

    • PDF: Copyediting Assignment

  • 16

    Start Freelancing

    • Receiving Clients Online

    • Video: Finding Jobs

    • Slides: Finding Jobs

    • PDF: 38 Proofreader & Editor Jobs

    • BONUS eBook: 6 Steps to Copyediting

  • 17

    Start Your Business

    • PDF: IRS Tax Resources

    • PDF: Publication 1635 Understanding Your EIN

    • PDF: Publication 1779 Independent Contractor or Employee

  • 18

    Before You Finish

    • New Copyediting Book

    • Proofreading Books

    • Student Writing Books

    • Grammar Books

    • Your Certificate

    • Course Review

Your Instructor

Ashan R. Hampton

Instructor Bio

Ashan R. Hampton has worked as an English instructor in higher education for over 20 years. She is a proud graduate of the Donaghey Scholars Program 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: