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 introductory copyediting course to find out! "AP Style Copyediting 101" is informational and practical, and covers popular style issues such as capitalization, punctuation, and abbreviations.

Remember, you must get your own print or digital copy of the Associated Press Stylebook to complete assignments and quizzes.

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

  • Duration: 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

    • Answers: Proofreading Test

  • 5

    Job of the Copyeditor

    • Video: Job of the Copyeditor

    • Slides: Job of the Copyeditor

    • Text: Real-life Example

    • BONUS eBook: 6 Steps to Copyediting

  • 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

    AP Stylebook Rules

    • Slides: Abbreviations

    • Slides: Addresses

    • Slides: Ages

    • Slides: Capitalization

    • Slides: Dates

    • Slides: Distance & Dimensions

    • Slides: Money

    • Slides: Numbers

    • Slides: Percent

    • Slides: Telephone Numbers

    • Slides: Time

    • Quiz: Abbreviations

    • Quiz: Addresses

    • Quiz: Ages

    • Quiz: Capitalization

    • Quiz: Dates

    • Quiz: Distance & Dimensions

    • Quiz: Highways & Interstates

    • Quiz: Money

    • Quiz: Numbers

    • Quiz: Percentage

    • Quiz: Telephone Numbers

    • Quiz: Time

    • Video: Using the AP Stylebook

  • 9

    AP Stylebook Practice

    • Copyediting 101 Grammar, Style & Practice Excerpt

    • Quiz: AP Style Practice #1

    • Quiz: AP Style Practice #2

    • PDF: Copyeditor Megatest

    • Answers: Copyeditor Megatest

    • Quiz: Numbers

  • 10

    Copyeditor Grammar

    • Video: Copyeditor Grammar

    • Slides: Copyeditor Grammar

    • Quiz: Grammar Practice

    • Reminder: AP Style Guide

  • 11

    Copyeditor Grammar Test

    • PDF: Copyeditor Grammar Test

    • Answers: Copyeditor Grammar Test

  • 12

    Copyediting in Action

    • How I Copyedit

    • Video: Track Changes

    • PDF: What Copyediting Looks like

    • Practice: 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

  • 17

    Before You Finish

    • New Copyediting Book

    • Proofreading Books

    • Student Writing Books

    • Grammar Books

    • Your Certificate

    • Course Review


  • Where do I get the AP Stylebook?

    You might be able to check out a print version at the library or download a digital version. Purchase the stylebook at a local bookstore or through online booksellers.

    Also, check this website for discounted digital versions:

  • Is there a time limit on enrollment?

    Most classes for individual users come with lifetime access. If not, please note the class duration and complete the course before the expiration date (if any).

  • Why are there no refunds?

    All enrollments are final. No refunds. Our courses have taken copious amounts of time, soul energy, and personal finances to build. We are confident that all of our courses deliver the exact instruction you need to improve your writing skills. Please take our low-cost introductory class, "Grammar Essentials Jump-start" to get a good feel for the value you receive at such affordable prices. You will not be disappointed!

  • When will I receive my certificate?

    You will receive a certificate of completion within 24-48 hours after you have finished the class, not to exceed 7 days after finishing, depending on holidays and high class volumes.

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: