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Proofreading groups

by: Garry Pierrepont (14 June 2011)

We’ve probably all heard of writing clubs and reading groups, but what about proofreading groups? Do they exist?

Yes, they do.

In particular, there are several groups under the auspices of the Society for Editors and Proofreaders (SfEP). They are loosely based around counties and regions, with examples such as these:

  • London
  • West Surrey/North Hampshire
  • Berkshire
  • East Midlands

The SfEP has more than two dozen local proofreading groups , so there’s probably a group near to you, but to join one of the SfEP groups, you would have to be a Member or Associate of the SfEP. If there is not a group near you, the SfEP is happy for you to set one up, if you are a Member or Associate. Most proofreading groups meet anything between monthly and every three months.

Things proofreading are not set in stone (believe it or not!) and the English language, and the way it is written, is always changing. Therefore, discussing proofreading matters will always prompt differing opinions and lively debate.

Other matters that may be discussed are local training opportunities and helpful software.

Apart from anything else, it’s a good excuse to get away from your desk and meet other people – remember that networking is always useful!

See SfEP Proofreading Groups.

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