Pre-Conference Workshops

The pre-conference workshops are held Wednesday 13 September at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre.

There are two sessions: 8.30am-12.30pm and 1pm-5pm. Please only select one workshop per session.

Each workshop is limited to a maximum of 30 attendees.


Price per workshop Early Bird
Until 27 July extended
From 28 July
Member  $150  $200
Non-Member  $200  $250

Note – cost does not include catering.

Session 1 – 8am-12.30pm

Lisa Lines: Academic editing – Necessary training in how to follow the Guidelines in our changing tertiary education environment

This workshop will be helpful for those starting out in academic editing but will also contain useful tips and tricks for those with years of experience in the field. It aims to tackle contemporary issues related to the changing environment in tertiary education (increased numbers of international students and increased workloads of supervisors), which are intensifying pressure on editors to violate some aspects of the Guidelines. Editors need to be trained in how to avoid this. There will be resources and exercises for participants to take away to read and complete in their own time.

• Session 1: Understanding and following the Guidelines for Editing Research Theses: info on the often-misunderstood aspects of the Guidelines; dealing with clients and their supervisors, how to develop the most effective working relationship and managing expectations from the outset; following the Guidelines under pressure; the fine line between a ‘heavy’ copyedit for an ESL student and substantive editing (this section will involve practical exercises to develop skills in how to follow the Guidelines when editing theses)
• Session 2: Formatting, practical info and exercises focusing on following guidelines and achieving consistency, Word’s styles, automatic lists, formatting tables and figures; referencing – understanding the different styles, tips and tricks for how to edit references with complete accuracy and consistency, how to deal with EndNote; useful tools and how to use them correctly: PerfectIt, Reference Checker, macros; questions and answers.

Belinda Pollard: Online Marketing for Editors and Indexers

Yes, we need to be online to connect with clients in the new publishing age. But we also have jobs, families and lives. This practical workshop shows – in plain language, with pictures! – what works and why it works, and then provides a flexible framework for effective social media engagement.
Most editors are wary of marketing; selling doesn’t come naturally to us. The good news is that the new techniques of Content Marketing could have been invented for wordsmiths.
Belinda will share what she has learned from making almost every possible online mistake since 2011. She will also reveal how she has used online marketing to develop strategic alliances, build her professional profile… and double her hourly rate.

• Session 1: Principles of effective online marketing (Activity: Developing an avatar of your ideal client). Why your website must be your online hub (Activity: An effective About page; Activity: Theming your website content).
• Session 2: Social networks and how to make them work for you (Activity: Set up a Facebook page; Activity: Develop your LinkedIn profile). Mailing lists; Image use (Activity: Online marketing masterplan).

Session 2 – 1pm-5pm

Hilary Cadman: EndNote for editors

This workshop provides an overview of EndNote and helps editors decide whether to buy the program and become efficient in using it, or simply learn enough to work effectively with authors who are using it. It covers the basics of creating a database (including the use of Edifix) and working with EndNote in MS Word as well as working with a database, working with authors and troubleshooting.
The course is suitable for editors using either a PC or a Mac, and participants will receive comprehensive course notes and information on further resources. Participants will need to bring a laptop preloaded with Endnote (a free 30-day trial is available).

Jackey Coyle: Dance steps for the self-employed editor five essential steps for solo success

This workshop teaches you how to design your own business using five essential elements. It’s like learning to dance: each step requires a different rhythm.
We mix up information, discussion, experience and activities across the five essential elements of being successfully self-employed: masterminding the big picture as well as taking care of the details, getting your name out there, looking after the money, learning constantly to broaden and deepen your know-how and working smarter to keep all your irons in the fire.
Going solo means juggling marketing, operations, bookkeeping and tax as well as actually doing the work and developing your skills. Roll these together and you need to set up a whole system to fit it all into the workday. You will reflect on your own practice as you develop your plan to zap your business forward. Templates and a resources list will be provided.

• Session 1: Who are we and where do we want to be? – develop a unique action plan. How will we get there? – generate a marketing calendar
• Session 2: How do we get the money right? – design a quoting and charging template. How do we work smarter? – learn strategies to optimise time and energy. Where do we find ongoing help? – discuss resources for information, advice and upskilling.

Ann Bolch: The missing link

In her work as professional freelance editor with ‘A story to tell’, Ann Bolch often works in the gap between manuscript appraisal and copyedit. She’s discovered that many stories suffer from a lack of attention in this vital area, as authors diligently beaver away thinking they’ve incorporated appraisal feedback, but a fresh set of eyes sees otherwise.
The result of effective manuscript development from an experienced, compassionate and honest story coach is a better piece of work. And that’s good for everyone. Previously the domain of in-house editors, manuscript development is a rewarding and worthwhile sub-profession for editors who like to engage with the person behind the words. This experiential workshop will draw on a short story and a chapter from a non-fiction book for participants to learn the skills, joys and cautions of manuscript development and story coaching.

• Session 1: Defining manuscript development – what it is and what it isn’t, identifying manuscript strengths and areas for improvement, understanding author intention, respecting author hopes and dreams and identifying the qualities of a story coach.
• Session 2: Providing feedback – how much to say and how to say it, engaging with the work – a deep look at a piece of fiction and a piece of non-fiction, things to watch out for and making a living from manuscript development.

Registrations for the workshops are now open.

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