Training courses currently offered in Cape Town, Sandton, Pretoria and KwaZulu-Natal, 2007
The following programme of courses is currently offered in Cape Town (Western Cape Province) and Sandton (Gauteng Province), either inhouse to publishing firms or to individuals through open training sessions.
Basic Copy Editing and Proofreading
An entry-level course that provides practice in the basic skills required by a copy editor and a proofreader, particularly in book publishing.
Advanced Copy Editing and Proofreading
The content of this course supplements that of the Basic course, providing a greater depth of detail and covering further aspects of the editor/proofreader's craft.
Project Management in Publishing
Managing book projects entails keeping the production schedule on track, controlling the budget and ensuring that quality is not compromised; in addition to these key functions, problem-solving, crisis management and contractual aspects are covered.
Book Design and Production Fundamentals for Non-designers
This course helps copy editors and proofreaders in particular to appreciate the design elements of book production so that they are able to enhance their contribution to the end product
Grammar for Editors
Learnt formal grammar long ago, or not ever? Brush up your grammar on this 'refresher' course that takes you back to the basics in a novel, hands-on way!
Editing and Proofreading Maths and Science
Maths and Science texts require editors and proofreaders to know and implement a host of quirky conventions that few other subjects demand: this course prepares you for the pitfalls
A practical introduction to the craft, this course takes you through the basics of compiling a book index, the techniques and the conventions, as you create an index
Subediting for Magazines and Newspapers
The job description of the 'sub' is unique to magazines and newspapers, often requiring creative writing, copy editing and proofreading skills rolled into one. This course covers the tasks and skills required of the subeditor
There's marketing, and then there's marketing books, the point being that books require a particular approach when it comes to taking them to market. This introductory course looks at the theory and practice of marketing books, particularly in South Africa
Editing Law Texts
Law texts have their own particular writing style and conventions, especially referencing, cross-referencing and footnoting conventions.
You'll leave this course equipped with an armoury of the nitty gritty required by competent editors of law texts.
Fiction requires an entirely different editorial approach from non-fiction. Besides plot, pacing and setting to consider, there's characterisation, dialogue, and point of view to examine critically.
Perhaps more important, however, is the relationship you have to engage in and maintain with your author. All these facets of the fiction editor's craft are explored on this course, through a range of editing assignments.