Happy New (Training) Year!

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We have our training program for the first six months of 2018 locked in and there are some great courses to choose from: some tried and true, some new and some exam preparation. Choose your not-to-be-missed courses and mark the date in your diary now. Bookings for the first course are already open, so jump in!

17 February Grammar for Editors: Introductory

Trainer: Glenys Osborne
10am–4pm
Centre for Adult Education, 253 Flinders Lane, Melbourne

Introductory Grammar for Editors outlines the nine parts of speech, examines their roles and functions, and looks at a few typical problems they present for writers and editors. Topics include: roles, functions and characteristics of the parts of speech; elementary concepts in standard grammar.

Format: pre-course reading, class instruction, individual and group exercises, class discussion, take-home exercises.

Please note: This course is not suitable for those with a working knowledge of grammatical terms and their application. Before booking a place in a particular grammar course, you may request a short test by email to find out which of the three courses will suit you best.

Cost:  Earlybird fee (book by Friday 5 January 2018): IPEd members and affiliates (Writers Vic., ANSZI, ATSC and TWIA) $180, non-members $270. Regular fee: members and affiliates $225, non-members $337.50.
Bookings close Wednesday 7 February 2018.
Register on MEMNET.

3 March Fiction Genre Editing

Trainer: Kate Cuthbert
Half day, classroom

A brief overview into the fun and exciting world of editing genre fiction. This course will touch on the five major genres: romance, crime, fantasy, science fiction and horror. We will examine the generic conventions within each, and provide tricks and tips for smoothly navigating the immersive, if sometimes intense, waters of passionate kisses, terrifying monsters, dangerous space voyages and sinister plans.

7 April Getting Ready for the Accreditation Exam

Trainer: Susan Keogh
Half day, classroom

Anyone can call themselves an editor – and many people do. How do you make your hard-earned skills stand out? By passing this year's national accreditation exam of course! This workshop contains a mix of direct instruction and hands-on exercises covering the basis of the exam, its different parts and how it is marked. It gives you practice in answering exam-standard questions and vital tips on maximising your preparation. Your presenter, Susan, is a former invigilator and marker of the exam.

Feedback from the 2016 exam preparation workshop: 'exam practice … was great. Susan is a great teacher'.

21 April Proofreading: Intermediate

Trainer: Susan Keogh
Full day, classroom

With a mix of hands-on exercises, discussion and direct instruction, this workshop covers some of the more complex concerns in finessing proofs for publication, including real-life expectations of proofreaders, tricky layout issues, cutting and filling pages, and dealing with images. Proofreading: Intermediate is an excellent refresher for anyone contemplating the accreditation exam.

Feedback from Susan’s 2016 courses for Editors Victoria: ‘Susan’s years of experience came through strongly, and she interacted well with attendees’; ‘great trainer with a wealth of experience and knowledge’.

12 May Dance Steps for the Self-employed Editor

Trainer: Jackey Coyle
Full day, classroom

A creative, colourful workshop that helps you design your work as part of your ideal lifestyle. We mix up information, discussion, stories and activities across the five essential elements of running your business – working smarter, marketing, operations, bookkeeping and tax, and ongoing learning.

Exploring these elements, you will reflect on your own practice as you move into planning the different areas. You will set up your own dynamic small-business model – whether it’s a move into freelance, a strategy to develop your existing practice or simply a lifestyle that supports you in making art.

9 June Grammar for Editors: Intermediate

Trainer: Glenys Osborne
Full day, classroom

This course is for editors who have some grammatical knowledge that needs refreshing or extending. It is also suitable for writers and others who are interested in refining their ability to work with words.

Topics include: agreement, comparison, coordination, correlation, defining and non-defining relative clauses (using who and whom, which and that), mood, parallelism, redundancy, reference, tense, verb voice.

Format: pre-course reading, class instruction, individual and group exercises, class discussion, take-home exercises.

Please note: This course is not suitable for those unable to tell their pronouns from their determiners, nor is it suitable for those with considerable knowledge of grammatical terms and their application. Before booking a place, you may request a short test by email to find out if this is the right course for you.

30 June Typography and Readability

Trainer: Philip Bryan
Half day, classroom

Philip will use a mixture of exposition, discussion and paired work to explore the following topics:

Typography

  • font characteristics (ascenders and descenders, x-heights, leading, point sizes)
  • font choice (serif or sans serif)
  • different typefaces and what they say
  • line length and line breaks

Readability

  • reading on paper vs reading on screen
  • colour backgrounds and coloured type
  • accessibility and screens
  • blue light.