Karen is giving a workshop for MET Meetings in March 2021 and again in April 2021 as the first one sold out immediately. The description follows.
Seeing bright light at the end of the tunnel: successful, efficient proofreading
Language professionals proofread every day. Improve this skill with methods you can immediately apply in your work, in combinations that take account of your own strengths and weaknesses.
Developer and facilitator: Karen Tkaczyk
This workshop introduces methods to make the final process of checking a text more reliable and to assure translators, editors and writers that they are delivering an accurate, well-presented and professional product.
We’ll explore old-fashioned, time-tested proofreading techniques and newer electronic tools, and fashion them into processes that work in our fast-paced, deadline-driven world. Participants will leave with practical tips that can be applied immediately. The workshop will include exercises, quizzes and multiple interactive segments, so participants should plan to have their cameras on and be active throughout.
We start with defining the basics of proofreading and exploring the wide variety of available tools. Next, we look at how we can build a set of tools to form a process, and then we consider how that process changes in less-than-optimal circumstances such as fatigue, haste due to an impending deadline, and blindness due to repeated rereading. After the break we consider other areas of proofreading. First, how to watch out for over-editing and errors made during editing. Second, differences between proofreading our own work and that of other authors and translators. And third, and perhaps most importantly, how we can use awareness of our own strengths and weaknesses in proofreading to optimize our personal proofreading process.
1. Know more about tried and tested manual proofreading techniques
2. Know which electronic tools are available and what they do
3. Make a start on developing a customized, personal process
4. Know where to go to read more on this topic
5. Eventually, be able to deliver texts that have been proofread accurately, efficiently and quickly