Near-Perfect Proofreading

Kristie Reilly, Writer and editor

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6 Videos (37m)
    • Introduction

    • Why Learn Proofer’s Marks?

    • Common Typos to Avoid

    • Superpower Proofing Skills

    • The Near-Perfect Proofing Process

    • Why Near-Perfect?


About This Class

Are you the kind of person who spots typos in store and highway signs, books and magazines? Then you might be a good proofreader. Even if you’re not, don't worry: dramatically improving your ability to spot errors isn’t difficult.

This class is for anyone interested in producing clean, error-free copy. Maybe you write a newsletter, you’re responsible for composing professional correspondence, or you simply want to make your personal emails as error-free as possible. Whatever your goal, proofreading is easier than you think.

In this class, I’ll cover the essentials of proofing: making proofreader’s marks, how to train your eye to catch errors, and how to fix the most common mistakes. We'll look at real-world examples of typos--including some major bloopers--from a variety of historical and current settings, such as the book Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll. I'll show you how to avoid embarrassing, damaging errors and mistakes, even if you're on a deadline and don't have much time.

I’ll also show you a few tricks of the trade, picked up over my 20-year career, that can make a huge difference in your ability to catch errors in text. You’ll leave this class far more confident in your ability to produce error-free text in any setting.

11 of 11 students recommendSee All

Not overwhelming but a great introduction to the basics of proofreading. I enjoyed the simple breakdown of the steps and the explanation of the reasoning behind them. Thank you!
Includes several helpful tips.
Beth L Olson

helping influencers live in peace

Great tips. It has been a long time since I used proofer's marks. I enjoyed the refresher.
Kimberly Purcell

Just Want To Make and Learn Stuff





Kristie Reilly

Writer and editor

I’m a writer, editor, and recent transplant to Brooklyn via Boston. When I chanced upon a publishing job during a year off after high school, I discovered a career. I worked through college as a professional copyeditor, and then, in my first job out of school, went to work for the University of Chicago Press--home of the Chicago Manual of Style, considered publishing’s most authoritative editorial style guide. After 15 years as an on-staff editor and writer, I became a free agent in 2010. A selection of my clients and employers: MIT Press, Perseus, Hachette, the Boston Globe, In These Times, the National Academies of Sciences, and the Harvard Medical and Law Schools. Learn more about my work at