Writing Champions: Editing and Proofreading for Better Proposals


We read. We read a lot. We read emails, reports, proposals, journals, books and street signs. Heck, we even read the label on the back of the cereal box. How were all those words written? We spend a lot of time thinking about writers, but we spend very little time thinking about the behind-the-scenes champions of the writing process — editors and proofreaders.

How does proofreading differ from editing? Good question! Good editors are good proofreaders, but they have additional responsibilities, and we need both so our proposals go out the door without errors! In this fun and practical workshop, we’ll ask and answer the following questions:

What are the Six C’s of good editing?

What are some tips, techniques and tactics for better proofreading?

What are our current proofreading practices, and how could they be improved?

How can I “gracefully” proof and edit my colleagues’ work?

Participants should bring a pen or pencil to this session.

Attendees will learn

  • Participants will learn the Six C’s of good editing.
  • Participants will learn tips, techniques and tactics for better proofreading.
  • Participants will examine their current proofreading practices and create a plan to improve those practices, including creating a culture of editing and proofreading at their firms.
  • Participants will learn how to “gracefully” proof and edit colleagues’ work.

About your speaker

Jen Hebblethwaite

Jen Hebblethwaite, Champion of All Things Grace with Graceworks, heads up our Atlanta office. From commercial real estate to coaching Atlanta’s finest Men in Blue at the Forest Park Police Department, Jen is an experienced corporate trainer. She’s spent 10 years as a Teaching Artist for a Tony Award-winning theatre and has taught everything from playwriting to MBA Leadership/Communication on an undergraduate and graduate level.

Jen is foremost a compassionate coach and trainer, but as our rogue academic, Jen also gets excited about things like semantics and semicolons. She leads our fun, interactive Gracewriting® program.

Finally, Jen is trained in Whole Brain® Thinking, which is designed to use every last brain cell. Jen’s teaching style is big and bold, and she can’t wait to help you help your readers!