Responsive image

Sub-Editing Intro | Training Course

Develop the skills you need to become an outstanding sub-editor.
This course will give you an eye for detail and the ability to work quickly under pressure.


  Course Dates Venue   Price  
Online £329 + VAT save £150
Online £349 + VAT save £130
London Bridge £379 + VAT save £100
Online £479 + VAT

Sub-Editing Intro | Training Course

Course Takeaways
Course Info

Course Offering

Course Takeaways

What will I learn?

  • Re-writing problem copy
  • Reader engagement
  • Light touch edits
  • Headlines and titles
  • Captions and callouts
  • Free digital course assets
  • Free post-course helpdesk support
Course Takeaways
Learner Reviews

How good is the course?

  • Average Score 4.8 out of 5
  • Delicious lunch provided
  • Certificate of Achievement
  • 175 reviews

Day one

Part one

• Brief introduction to the role of the sub-editor in your organisation

• How sub-editing differs from proofreading

• Building a process based on appropriate essential checks for the type of copy, usually including:

• Does the copy fit the brief/meet its intended purpose?

- Is it pitched at the right level for the target audience?

- Is it factually accurate?

- Is it a good read – and written to house style?

- Does it meet SEO requirements?

- Is it legally sound?

• Intro exercise

Part two

• Practical exercise

• Feedback and good practice examples of sentences that work well, versus the poorly constructed.

Part three

• How to use structure as the foundation for efficient sub-editing:

• Demonstration of the inverted pyramid for news (a top-loading format also effective for online content of all types including emails, short form content including marketing copy)

• Introduction to the 5Ws - a formula to help subs check content has key information readers require

Part four

• Practical exercises

Day two

Part one

• How to use structure as the foundation for efficient sub-editing:

- Demonstration of a variety of feature/ long-form structures – including the diamond, hexagon, egg, egg timer, multi-pyramid …

• Discussion of common problems and examples of how to fix copy that needs more than a tweak, with emphasis on improving intros and conclusions:

- weak intro

- lack of pace

- clunky transitions

- repetition

- length

- flabby sentences

- lame conclusion

Part two

• Practical exercise

• Feedback and group discussion.

Part three

• Discussion on how to work well with writers on opinion or first-person pieces, in particular learning to respect a writer’s individual style and voice.

• Examples of when to change copy and when to leave it alone – particular focus on how to edit direct quotes/ paraphrase effectively.

Part four

• Writing titles and headlines that inform, promise and engage

- How SEO influences and helps headline writing

- How to balance creativity with practicality

- How to stay on the right side of click-bait

- How to use the other complementary display copy, that helps sell a piece – blurbs, call-outs, captions

• Final practical exercise

Questions and answers

You Might Like These Too

Proofreading Intro

from £279 + VAT

1 day course
Develop the proofreading skills needed to identify mistakes in your writing.

Learn how to spot and correct common spelling, grammar and punctuation errors.

  • Print vs online
    Proofreader's marks
    Common grammatical errors
    Punctuation tips
    Headlines and captions

Good Grammar and Punctuation

from £279 + VAT

1 day course
This course is ideal for anyone who feels their written work sometimes lets them down.

Master the correct use of English grammar and accurate punctuation.

  • Structure sentences correctly
    The rules of grammar
    Using different tenses
    Apostrophes and plurals
    Avoid punctuation mistakes

How to Write Effectively

from £279 + VAT

1 day course
Write persuasive, compelling copy that will engage your audience.

Learn valuable techniques to dramatically improve your writing skills.

  • Plan your writing
    Structure your copy
    Write words with impact
    Use active sentence structures
    Write for different audiences

"Good work environment, knowledgeable trainer, good food, and clean offices."
22nd August - Sub-Editing : Introduction

Latest Reviews

"Really informative and useful course content. I feel like I will be able to apply a lot of the things we discussed to my own work. It was a pleasure to attend this course with Patsy. She's very engaging and made the course super interesting."
NHS England And NHS Improvement
  • 31st May

"Keeping the course moving and making it relevant to me and my role. I was grateful that you still ran it with just me. It was brilliant to have 1-2-1 tuition."
The Salvation Army
  • 20th September

"The course was informative, extremely enjoyable and there was lots of 1 to 1 help! Would recommend"
  • 25th August