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Proofreading Your Own Work

with Heather Saunders

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About The Class

Learn to Look at Your Writing with a Precise Mindset and an Exacting Eye

Before you share your writing with anyone, whether it be an editor, a business associate, a client or a reader, you need to make sure it’s tight, clean and error-free. That’s why it’s critical for all writers to learn how to proofread their own work.

Detecting the flaws and mistakes in your writing is difficult because you’ve grown so familiar with it. This class will teach you the tips and tricks you need to come at it with fresh eyes. Heather Saunders, an experienced writer, editor and proofreader, will provide hands-on advice on how to go about the proofing process as well as the common errors to look out for.

In this class, you’ll learn how to:

  • Approach the text in new ways by removing distractions, reading it aloud, changing the appearance of the document, and taking a break when needed.
  • Read your work from the perspective of your intended audience.
  • Fact-check your writing.
  • Figure out if the piece accomplishes its purpose.
  • Identify habitual errors, such as weak words, excessive use of adjectives and adverbs, and punctuation issues.

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Lesson Plan

  1. 01

    Class Introduction

    03:23
  2. 02

    Proofreading Quick Tips

    15:32
  3. 03

    Take a Little More Time: Tighten Up Sentences

    13:08
  4. 04

    Take a Little More Time: Common Errors

    10:38
  5. 05

    Take a Little More Time: Identify Your Personal "Misses"

    03:25
  6. 06

    Take a Little More Time: Fact-check Everything Again

    03:14
  7. 07

    Deeper Review: Read it as the Intended Audience

    11:28
  8. 08

    Deeper Review: Evaluate if Piece Achieves Its Goal

    05:34

Meet Your Expert

Heather Saunders

Heather E. Saunders, owner of Just the Write Type Editing, is a proofreader and STM editor. In her 15 years of experience, she’s edited everything from newsroom copy and fiction novels to technical aeronautics journals and cutting-edge medical training material.  ... read more

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  • shannon LaFreniere

    shannon LaFreniere

    March 2019

    Heather did a great job at breaking down do's and don'ts of all things proofreading. I printed off the bonus material and will reference them in my articles. Big help for those who are getting started. Cheers

  • Margaret Lovell

    Margaret Lovell

    December 2018

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