Margaret Aherne

Editorial Training

About Me

Since 1986 I have worked in publishing as a proofreader, copy-editor, project manager and tutor/mentor, for a variety of clients in both academic (Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences) and trade publishing, as well as directly with authors on developing their work.


My teaching commitments cover both regular, scheduled courses (for Publishing Scotland and the Publishing Training Centre) as well as in-house courses arranged on demand (clients include Cambridge University Press, Pearson Education, HarperCollins, Scottish Qualifications Authority and Bloomsbury Publishing).


I am a tutor on the Publishing Training Centre’s online ‘Grammar at Work’ module and on the PTC’s distance learning course ‘Basic Proofreading’, and am the junior co-author with Gillian Clarke of the latest edition of the course.


I am a founder member of the Society for Editors and Proofreaders, for whom I organise training courses in the Bristol area; I am also a mentor in proofreading and copy-editing on the SfEP’s mentoring scheme.


I have also been commissioned to create and set copy-editing and project management tests, then to mark them and give feedback on the applicants and mentor them through their first jobs.