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Proofreading and Copy Editing Course Student Stories

Deborah Durbin“I studied the Proofreading course because I wanted to be able to proof my own work, thus saving a fortune in proofreading fees for my novels.

“The course has helped me enormously in my career as an author and journalist. I can now proof my own work, confident in the knowledge that I can spot typos or spelling mistakes. It has also made me a much more confident writer. The course is a must if you decide to publish via Amazon Kindle.”

Deborah Durbin, Weston-Super-Mare



Tommy Cloherty"I wanted to learn proofreading and copy editing as I'm changing my career at the end of the year. I'm going into writing and publishing (both my own and other people's work) as well as teaching creative writing at F.E Institutions.

"The course reminded me how much I'd forgotten! It made me revise my punctuation and grammar and it also helped me to build a client base.

"I have published a collection of poetry - It's a Word Thing - produced by a creative writing group I've been running in Tottenham. We had a launch in September and have sold around 200 copies to date, the proceeds from which go back into sustaining the group in the future. It's been published via Christian Bookcase.

"I've not been using my publishing for an income as the writing groups are run on a not-for-profit basis to benefit budding writers. However I was awarded £5,000 as a grant to facilitate groups, buy ISBN numbers, hold book launches etc.

"I have twelve books to publish for other people when I leave my job at the end of 2014."

Tommy Cloherty, London


Sarah Litchfield“I undertook the Proofreading and Copy Editing course as my first step towards establishing my own freelance editing business.

“The course gave me an appreciation of the level of detail required in the editing process and was invaluable when it came to preparing my novel to go to a professional copy editor, as I knew exactly what they’d be looking for in advance. It gave us the chance to spend more time polishing the manuscript than addressing major issues.

“My novel, The Night Butterflies, was published by RIW Press, the publishing division of my company, Right Ink On The Wall. It is available globally in paperback and as and ebook through Amazon and other distributors.

“I’ll always be grateful to The Writers Bureau for supporting my first step into the publishing world.”

Sarah Litchfield, New Zealand.


Carol Browne"I am an English honours graduate but even so I discovered that my grammar was not as perfect as I had believed! After completing the Proofreading and Copy Editing course I set myself up as a part-time freelance proofreader with a small band of regular clients"

Carol Browne


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