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    Preparing for the accreditation exam
    Tuesday, 27 March 2018

    If you’re planning to sit for the Institute of Professional Editors (IPEd) accreditation exam this year, or simply thinking about sitting in the future, this workshop is for you. It also offers an editorial tune-up, even if you aren’t yet ready for the exam. This will be an intensive day, with lots of exercises—it’s not intended for beginners.
    In 2018 the exam will be once again be offered onscreen. However, this workshop focuses on strategies and content, with minor reference to working onscreen. It is expected that IPEd will offertwo one-hour webinars in late February or early March. The second of these will give attendees a sample view of the onscreen environment, to the extent that is possible.
    This interactive workshop will focus on:

    • Preparing for the exam—tips and strategies for organising revision, reducing stress, managing your time and hitting the 80% pass mark.
    • Editing a short extract, comparable to the extract for Part 2 of the exam—dealing with the tricky things that might be included, following the brief, making style decisions, preparing a sound style sheet, and writing appropriate author queries.
    • Part 3 of the exam—some short-answer exercises for practice (e.g. lists, tables, references), and choosing questions that will help you pass.
    • Q&A forum—time to ask any other questions you might have.

    Bookings: Accreditation preparation booking

    Copyediting: the basics and beyond
    Wednesday, 28 March 2018

    Whether you would like to brush up your basic editing skills or extend them in areas you might not have much experience in, this interactive workshop is designed for you. We will use exercises throughout, and consider the needs of different audiences.

    This interactive workshop will focus on:

    • Making style decisions that suit the text – who is your audience, and what do they need? We’ll look at topics ranging from capitalisation, hyphens and en rules to numbers, conversions and approximations.
    • Developing an efficient style sheet.
    • Using display text—lists, boxes, pullouts, charts and tables—deciding what’s appropriate, and where and how to use it.
    • Creating and editing tables, charts and diagrams—making sure they are effective and error-free.
    • Dealing with difficult text.

    Important note: This is an intensive workshop, which is not designed for beginners: you should have a basic understanding of copyediting conventions, some editing experience or basic training in editorial skills to get the most from this workshop.

    Bring your Style Manual and an up-to-date, concise-level dictionary.

    Bookings: Copyediting basics booking

    You can email questions before any of the workshops to the professional development coordinator (who coordinates workshops) at ednsw.profdev@iped-editors.org

    9.30am – 4.30 pm (Registration from 9 am with tea & coffee)

    Presenter for both workshops:

    Merryl Potter

    Meryl Potter is an IPEd Distinguished Editor with more than 30 years experience as an editor, publisher and corporate communication manager over a vast range of subjects, across book publishing (trade, education, custom), magazine publishing, marketing, and corporate and government communication and publications. She was a lecturer for Macleay College’s Book Editing and Publishing diploma for more than 12 years, and has developed and presented workshops for the New South Wales, South Australian and Tasmanian societies of editors (now branches of IPEd), and the Australian Institute of Interpreters & Translators in New South Wales and South Australia. She was lead writer for four of the six IPEd accreditation exams, including the first one in 2008, which was designed to set the format, style and standard for the exam.

    UTS Short Courses venue
    Level 7, 235 Jones St
    Ultimo NSW 2007
    This venue is wheelchair accessible and has an ambulant bathroom.

    Cost for each workshop:
    $230 for members and affiliated organisations; $150 for distance members (more than 200 km from Sydney CBD); $390 for non-members. Costs includes morning and afternoon teas and casual lunch of sandwiches, juices and fresh fruit, with water available all day; please indicate dietary preferences in your booking details.
    NB: While not all workshops require a laptop, participants are always welcome to bring their laptop to any workshop. Wifi and A/C power are available at the venue.
    If the workshop is full, please contact us on the email address below and we will place your name on a waitlist. If we have a sufficient number of people on the list, we can consider running the course again in future.

    For any further information contact:

    You can find all past workshop details listed under the Events tab at the top of the home page and a map of the venue. The Workshops page.