Past Publishing Courses

Mar ’14

Judge by the Cover

This two-day course will run through the stages and key aspects involved in creating eye-catching book covers. Learn to create a design brief, an essential requirement prior to commissioning a cover design but often overlooked by both writers and publishers. Details
Feb ’14

Copyrights for ePublications

Just a few years ago, “copying” a work consisted mainly of photocopying of literary works, or dubbing over a cassette tape. In this, the digital age, “copying”, or reproduction, happens in a millisecond and a single work by an author can trail a blaze across the internet through social media across a myriad of platforms in a very short time. Media companies remain interested in how they can assert the rights they have against online piracy and have devised ever more advanced methods of monitoring sites for infringing content. How do we strike a balance between these explosive differences?  Details
Feb ’14

Translation Rights

Through this half-day workshop, learn the importance of protecting the rights and interests of the author of the work to be translated (including the right to control the commercial aspect of it, such as the choice of translator, working with foreign publishers, preparing, adopting and implementing a translation proposal and co-publishing projects). Details
Oct ’13

Structural editing of fiction—All aboard the Arc ?

In this workshop, we’ll look at the traditional and modern forms of narrative, particularly the narrative arc and how editors reveal and confirm the story’s journey, the characters’ development and the resolution of a riveting plot. Join us to delve into fiction works and discover the joy of having a finely tuned ear for dialogue, eye for detail and nose for a good story! Details
Oct ’13

Structural editing of non-fiction—Location, location

Good writing needs clear thinking. And, in the hands of a good structural editor, the writing can be shaped and formed so its best features shine and readers want to keep reading. Of course, working with non-fiction can bring its own challenges and thrills. In this day’s workshop, we’ll expand the skills we have to dissect the ‘architecture’ of a piece and enhance its meaning and clarity. And we’ll look at how to develop good editing practices and a ‘kitbag’ of techniques so editors feel equipped to tackle any job, any size, any content (!) Details
Oct ’13

Honing your craft: Advanced copyediting & proofreading

Editing? Want to advance and add skills? All editors (books, magazines, websites) now need to keep up with changing roles and the rapid expansion of technology and its effects on publishing (print and online). If you want to deepen your skills working with and analysing texts; understanding the market, and using all you have to make your publication the best it can be, then join us! It will be an intensely fun (and intensely productive) day. Details
Sep ’13

Staying Ahead in the Digital Revolution (even if you haven’t started the race yet)

This two-day workshop is intended for publishers and authors taking their first steps in ePublishing. You will examine your preparedness for ePublishing, your market’s preparedness and expectations, and how to exploit these to your benefit. You will look at the need to transition from ‘e’ to ‘i’ and how even the most technophobic publisher can keep pace with the technology revolution in publishing.
Sep ’13

Using the Internet as a tool for publishing and promoting your book

This workshop has been devised for mainstream--‐unpublished authors and ‘talents in the wings’ who have a book inside them waiting to break out. Your facilitator will walk you through the stages of building your following through the act of publishing, to marketing your work and collecting your revenue. Suitable for budding authors of any genre, the workshop will be structured in such a way as to provide ample time for questions and sharing from the floor to ensure that you get the chance to talk about concerns that are specific to your situation. Details
Jul ’13

Introduction to Copyediting for Non-fiction

The course will introduce participants to BSI (British Standards Institution) proof reading symbols. There will be several practical exercises and time for discussion. Suitable for anyone copy-editing newsletters, marketing materials and similar non-fictional content. Details