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Editing Essentials


11 May 2009 (Mon)
9.00am – 5.00pm

Imagination Room, Level 5
National Library Building
100 Victoria Street, Singapore 188064

Course Fee: $270.00

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In this workshop, editorial novices and veterans pit their wits against a comprehensive test of editorial competence set at international levels and incorporating features of tests set by publishing houses and media firms. 

The satisfaction for sitting such a gruelling assessment of your abilities comes in the sessions that follow, which highlight benchmark performance indicators for content editing, copyediting, language usage and the application of editorial style standards.


Whether you intention is to prove your editorial genius or to tentatively assess your own place in the editorial firmament, this one-day workshop will provide you with new insights into the often-too-simplified- role of a desk editor.

  • Editorial competence assessment
  • From tome to epitome: solutions to the problem of over-writing by authors; editing down verbose manuscripts; solutions to common problem of editorial content management.
  • The worlds of editorial style: the need for consistency in style, and the application of housestyle.
  • Copyediting fundamentals
  • Write English right: Sieve through the many variations on spelling, sentence construction and punctuation. Spot the common and the less common errors.


Editors, copy-editors, publishers, librarians, those considering a freelance career and anyone interested in picking up editorial skills

About the Trainer: Simon Sharp

Simon Sharp

Simon Sharp’s first introduction to the publishing industry came while he was a teacher and was invited to write a series of textbooks for Hong Kong secondary schools. His input on the strategic placement of the titles and marketing issues made a success of the series, which also led to him joining the management team of his publisher, Macmillan. As the publishing director, he managed a multi-million dollar list and steered the company through major restructuring culminating in a successful acquisition. Later, Simon joined the Pearson group to head-up the pioneering Educational Services department to support the English Language Teaching list, resulting in a colossal 80 percent market share for the company’s primary English courses.

Today, in addition to serving on the board of directors of the iLearners group of companies, Simon is also an independent consultant for education ministries and publishing houses across the Asia Pacific region; offering insight into curriculum development, publishing programme management, and organisational development.

Registration Details

Registration is on a first-come-first-served basis and workshop fees must be paid before the workshop. If the minimum number of participants is not met for the class, the organisers will inform all participants about possible postponement and cancellation, two weeks before the workshop date.

Cancellation & Substitution

The workshop can be cancelled or postponed two weeks before the workshop date if the minimum number of participants is not met. Participants will be fully refunded for workshops cancelled by us.

Participants who are unable to attend a workshop they have registered for are to inform us of the reason two weeks before the workshop date. They will be fully refunded in the event of extenuating and mitigating circumstances (E.g. illness, bereavement, accidents) . Those who inform us up to five (5) working days before the workshop date will receive a 50% refund. Participants can also attend another course at the same value within the same year.

Upon registration, you are deemed to have read and understood the cancellation, withdrawal and substitution policy and accept the terms contained therein.