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Grammar for Editors: Introductory
with Glenys Osborne
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.
Saturday 17 February
CAE, 253 Flinders Lane, Melbourne
Regular fee: $225 (members and affiliates), $337.50 (non-members)
Bookings close Wednesday 7 February 2018
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Fiction Genre Editing
with Kate Cuthbert
A brief overview of 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.
Saturday 3 March
Earlybird fee (book by 4 February): $100 (members and affiliates), $150 (non-members)
Regular fee: $125 (members and affiliates), $188 (non-members)
Bookings close 25 February
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Keep the Date

Saturday 7 April Getting Ready for the Accreditation Exam
with 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.

Saturday 21 April Proofreading: Intermediate
with 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.

Saturday 12 May Dance Steps for the Self-employed Editor
with 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.

Saturday 16 June Grammar for Editors: Intermediate [Note new date]
with 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.

Saturday 30 June Typography and Readability
with Philip Bryan
Half day, classroom
Philip will use a mixture of exposition, discussion and paired work to explore the following topics:


  • 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.


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