Introduction to Structural Editing

with Susan Keogh

Date: Saturday, 27 August 2016
Time: 10.30 am to 4.30 pm
Venue: Centre for Adult Education (CAE), 253 Flinders Lane, Melbourne CBD
Cost: $220.00 (members of Editors Victoria, Societies of Editors, Writers Victoria, ASTC, ANZSI), $330.00 (non-members). 

Refreshments: Continuous tea, coffee and gourmet biscuits will be provided.

Bookings close: 12.00pm (noon), Monday, 22 August 2016

Structural editing tends to be one of those hazy concepts that is often referred to but rarely explained, leaving new editors understandably frustrated as they seek to gain structural editing skills. This hard-copy workshop will give you the opportunity to get to grips with the nuts and bolts of structural editing, with examples drawn from trade non-fiction and educational books. Participants will be sent two manuscript samples for pre-reading, for workshopping during the day.

Topics covered

In addition to working through the samples provided before the session, participants will gain insights in the following areas:

  • rearranging poorly organised text
  • cutting excess text
  • dealing with the problem of what is in the manuscript
  • dealing with the problem of what isn't in the manuscript
  • creating effective beginnings
  • recognising structural issues in educational texts
  • seeing things from the publisher's perspective.

Delivery method

The workshop will contain a mix of direct instruction and hands-on exercises. 

Who should attend?

Practising editors who wish to expand their knowledge of structural editing. It is not suitable for beginners.

About the trainer

Susan Keogh, MBA, DE, is a Melbourne freelance editor. She is an honorary life member and former president of Editors Victoria.
Susan began her editing life in the last millennium, working in-house for Melbourne University Press, Lonely Planet and Cambridge University Press. She has been a member of the Australian Publishers Association copyright and training committees, and has taught in the postgraduate diploma in editing and publishing (now the master’s degree of writing and publishing) at RMIT for more than fifteen years. She was the recipient of the 2014 FAW Barbara Ramsden Award, recognising the role of editors in producing quality literary works. She has taught editing skills in most Australian states and in Singapore. 
‘Having been taught by Susan for over fifteen years now in one context or another, I very much enjoy the depth of her curiosity and knowledge. It’s always rewarding! ’ – feedback from a 2014 course participant.
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