Advanced Copyediting and Proofreading

As editors, we subscribe to the sentiment expressed by esteemed author (and editor) Arthur Plotnik, who wrote: “You write to communicate to the hearts and minds of others what’s burning inside you. And we edit to let the fire show through the smoke.” This workshop will sharpen your eye for detail; ensure you are able to work with the production team (designers and typesetters, etc.) to produce as close to perfect a piece as possible.

Who needs this course

Editors, proofreaders, communication students or anyone who wants to polish their copyediting and proofreading skills.

Course Outline:

  • Analysing and identifying challenges in texts: Checklists and exercises
  • Audience and purpose: Aligning text to particular markets
  • Macro and micro editing: Balance and coverage
  • The editor’s role and responsibilities beyond ‘pure’ editing
  • Proofreading techniques: Checklists and exercises
  • Keeping track: The editor’s bag of tools for ensuring clarity, consistency and concision
  • Balancing the elements: Being advocate for the public, the publisher and the author
  • Communicating well: Becoming a diplomat and a choreographer!
  • Question and Answer Session

The Workshop Leader:

Shelley Kenigsberg is a prominent freelance editor, writer and trainer, and proprietor of S K Publishing, which she established in 1998. She is currently involved in training editors, mentoring writers, and editing and writing for trade, corporate, academic and educational, government and private clients.

Shelley is Head of the Macleay Diploma in Book Editing and Publishing and has delivered the course for the past 21 years. She has developed and presented courses for writers centres (Northern Rivers WC, Northern Territory WC, NSW WC, Tasmanian WC, Qld WC); AsiaPacific Writing Partnership; Societies of Editors, Style Council, Institute of Professional Editors conferences, Distance Education for the Open Learning Conference in Australia; writers festivals in Indonesia (Ubud Writers Festival 2004–11) and language and corporate institutes overseas (Indonesia, Japan and South Africa).

Shelley is a founding member of Professional Editors Association (NSW), was President of the NSW Society of Editors from 2001–03, Vice-President in 2004, Chair of the Accreditation Board and active in other national initiatives through the Institute of Professional Editors (IPEd). Shelley is a member of the editorial board of the ezine The Fine Print. She was a contributing author to Historica, Global Press, 2007.


Date: 15 August 2012

Time: 9.30am – 5.30pm

Venue: National Library Board, Imagination Room, Level 5


To register, please click here.

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(65) 6848 8290


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