A one-day course in London £385+VAT
22 November 2011 20 March, 10 July & 22 November 2012
This course is designed for editors who have some experience and who wish to extend their skills and knowledge. It tackles a range of complex material that presents challenges in comprehension, structure and consistency. The course is exercise-based so that you learn through practice as well as discussion. One exercise also involves looking at the proofs of the material to see how the resolution of copy-editing difficulties has worked in practice.
The course will cover: •
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an in-depth exploration of the issues that arise when working on a multi-author reference works
an examination of complex texts with the aim of helping you to see how to use existing skills and knowledge to tackle difficult pieces with confidence
the script of a textbook being prepared for a second edition, discussing the requirements of the job rewriting texts to avoid problems.
• Multi-author works – Different editorial styles
– Different approaches to presentation – Making biographical information uniform
– Ensuring clarity of presentation – Creating a table – Linguistics
– Assigning structure • Working on second editions
– Technical and procedural requirements of the job – Exercise: did the copy-editing mark-up create or resolve problems for the typesetter?
• What’s the problem? • Working with non-native English
– Delegates are invited to bring along their own examples for discussion
• How should they have said it? Rewriting workshop – Common grammatical errors – Ways to clarify ambiguity – Avoiding unwelcome nuance, innuendo, anachronism, parochialism, sexism and other unacceptable usages – and howlers!
• Questions and discussion. Who will benefit from this course?
Experienced editors and those who have already attended The Publishing Training Centre’s Copy-Editing Skills training course, or a similar programme.
Your tutor Margaret Aherne has worked in publishing since 1986 as a proofreader, copy-editor, project manager and tutor/mentor, for clients including Blackwell, Oxford University Press, Cambridge University Press, Routledge and the Audit Commission. She is a tutor on the online Grammar at Work module and on Basic Proofreading by Distance Learning, and is the junior co-author with Gillian Clarke of the latest edition of this course. She is a founder member of the Society for Editors and Proofreaders (SfEP), for whom she organises training courses in the Bristol area. She is also a mentor in proofreading and copy-editing on the SfEP’s mentoring scheme.
See also: Copy-Editing Skills, p 23
A one-day course in London £385+VAT
7 November 2011 1 March & 4 September 2012
In today’s publishing industry, proofreading is no longer restricted to reading a typesetter’s work against the copy-editor’s marked-up script. The typesetter is likely to have worked from clean electronic files and may have applied a standard typographic design, while the material may have been poorly edited or not edited at all.
This course is for those who want to apply existing proofreading skills to texts that pose difficult problems. It teaches strategies for decision-making, carrying through the changes consistently, dealing with the author and finishing the text to an appropriate standard.
These skills are transferable to any and every publishing context.
At the end of the course, you will have learnt: • how to plan a book-length proofread and carry it out thoroughly • how to decide what to change and what to leave • what to look for when proofreading texts set from electronic files • strategies for checking and cross-checking (as opposed to reading) • how to deal with the author at the proof stage.
• Reading proofs set from electronic files – The proofreader’s responsibilities
• Planning the proofread – Balancing the needs of the material with the budget and schedule
• Typical errors and how to deal with them – Corruption of text – Missing material – Typography and layout
– Position of figures and directionals – Running heads
• Editing on proof and its knock-on effects – Fact-checking
– Improving poor grammar and writing – Post-hoc standardisation of editorial style
• Collating the author’s corrections • The index
• Checking and cross-checking – Design consistency
– Contents vs chapter openings vs running heads – List of figures vs captions on the page – Cross-reference pointers vs targets – Author–date references vs bibliographical list – Number sequences – Capitalisation of headings – Line-end hyphenation.
Who will benefit from this course?
Editors, proofreaders and project managers who have some proofreading experience and who want to know how to maximise the benefits of the proof stages without compromising the budget and schedule.
Your tutor Rosemary Roberts has worked in-house as a copy-editor and editorial manager for academic, reference and trade publishers, including Oxford University Press and Thames & Hudson; she was the chief copy-editor for the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, responsible for all the editing and proofreading work done by freelances. Now working as a freelance herself, she teaches editorial skills for The Publishing Training Centre, SfEP and a number of corporate clients.
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EDITORIAL COURSES: Editorial Skills for Publishers
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