J. G. Levitt Professional Development

Copyright 2017

jalevitt@cableone.net


www.jglevitt.com

Intended For 


This course is intended for all people who write business documents.  This includes professional and technical staff, writers, supervisors, and administrative support, as well as human resources, sales, and public relations staff.


Prerequisites


Participants are expected to be well experienced in basic grammar and writing skills, including sentence and paragraph development, spelling, and punctuation.

Professional Proofreading  And Editing Course

Primary Goal


The primary goal of this course is to master techniques for proofreading and editing quickly and to enhance the clarity, correctness, and professional image of written communications.


Learning Objectives 


  1. Review and use standard proofreader's marks to improve accuracy of instructions for correction.
  2. Check for content accuracy including incorrect or missing facts, sequencing errors, and inconsistencies.
  3. Proofread for accuracy of numbers.
  4. Correct faulty construction, such as wordiness, redundancy, clumsiness, and triteness.
  5. Make writing more readable with parallel structure, correct placement of modifiers, and appropriate use of active voice.
  6. Review current business document formats.
  7. Apply all the techniques in exercises to reinforce learning and to increase proofreading and editing proficiency.



Comprehensive, Professional Book Provided


Participants receive a 75-page instructional book that provides hands-on experience and serves as a comprehensive reference for future use.  The text reflects current business trends.


Contents for Text-Workbook

Professional Proofreading and Editing



STANDARD PROOFREADER’S MARKS


THREE-STEP PROOFREADING METHOD


BUSINESS LETTER, MEMO, E-MAIL, ENVELOPE FORMATS


KEYBOARDING ERRORS


SPELLING AND WORD USAGE


GRAMMATICAL AND PUNCTUATION POINTERS



PROOFREADING PRECISION TECHNIQUES


PROFESSIONAL PROOFREADING POLISH


PROOFREADING WEB DOCUMENTS


EDITING FOR STRUCTURAL ACCURACY, CLARITY, CONCISENESS



EDITING FOR SENTENCE AND PARAGRAPH STRUCTURE


EDITING TO IMPROVE TONE: MAKE IT POSITIVE


SUMMARY: EDITING FOR TONE, CLARITY, AND CONCISENESS


PROOFREADING AND EDITING FOR LOGIC AND COMPLETENESS


GUIDELINES FOR PROOFREADING NUMBERS


APPENDIX ITEMS:


Appendix Item A: Word Division and Hyphenation

Appendix Item B: Proofreader's Final Checklist

Appendix Item C: Guidelines For Spacing

Appendix Item D: Recommended References For Proofreading

Appendix Item E: Tidbits: URLs, Special Date Formats, Ellipsis