Training courses

Our upcoming courses, those open for booking described in more detail below, are:

  • 16 June: Grammar for editors: intermediate – Glenys Osborne
  • 30 June: Typography and readability (half day) – Philip Bryan
  • 21 July: Introduction to proofreading – Ann Philpott
  • 18 August: Indexing: adding to the editor's skillset – Max McMaster
  • 8 September: Plain English (half-day) – Philip Bryan
  • 22 September: Advanced grammar – Glenys Osborne
  • 13 October: The Freelance Editors Toolkit (software) (half day) – Peter Riches
  • 24 November: Academic editing: introductory – Renée Otmar

Go to the events page for more details, including prices and booking dates (including earlybird discounts), and to book. All courses are at the Centre for Adult Education, 253 Flinders Lane, Melbourne.

Grammar for editors: intermediate

with Glenys Osborne 
10am–5pm, Saturday 16 June

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 and verb voice.

Book on MemNet. Bookings close Friday 8 June 2018.

Typography and readability

with Philip Bryan
10am–1.30pm, Saturday 30 June 

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.

Book on MemNet. Bookings close Monday 25 June 2018.

Introduction to proofreading

with Ann Philpott
10am–4pm, Saturday 21 July 

Proofreading is one of the most important tasks you can do to ensure your work is well received by your readers. A well-proofread document engages and holds your reader. It is viewed by your reader as being polished, professional, well structured, easy to understand and factually accurate in its contents. In this course, you will learn:

  • the differences between proofreading, copyediting and structural editing
  • the differences between proofreading against copy and proofreading 'blind'
  • the principles of proofreading
  • basic Adobe Reader and Acrobat Pro mark-up of PDF documents (demonstration)
  • basic industry-standard, hard-copy proofreading symbols (mark-up)
  • how to use a style sheet for proofreading
  • when to query an editor
  • tips to improve your proofreading skills
  • the importance of checklists.

This is a hard-copy course, where there is lots of practice using the proofreading symbols on a variety of documents. It is not a computer course.

Book on MemNet. Earlybird bookings close Monday 25 June 2018.

Indexing: adding to the editor's skillset

with Max McMaster
10am–4pm, Saturday 18 August

For editors, compiling an index is one of those skills usually left to professional indexers or authors. But when a simple index is required, editors should actively consider taking on the job themselves. The purpose of this course is to equip editors, particularly freelancers, with the skills necessary to compile a relatively simple index, thereby expanding their skillset and boosting their employability.

Using a combination of theory and practical exercises, this one-day course will cover:

  • an overview of indexing – what it is and what it is not
  • the purpose of an index
  • identifying the audience
  • the attributes of a good (or bad) index
  • back-of-book indexes, embedded indexes, e-book indexes
  • indexing software
  • number of indexes
  • subject terms (keywords/main headings)
  • names (personal, organisational, geographic)
  • subheadings (prepositions and conjunctions; set-out and run-on styles)
  • cross-references (see and see also)
  • filing order (punctuation, numerals, contractions)
  • style issues (initial articles, page spans, illustrations)
  • editing the index (before sending it to the editor)
  • a group indexing exercise.

Book on MemNet. Earlybird bookings close Monday 16 July 2018.