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Structural Editing of Non-Fiction

By Shelley Kenigsberg

17 August 2012 (Fri)
9.30am – 5.30pm

National Library Building
100 Victoria Street, Singapore 188064

Course Fee: $280.00

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Structural Editing of Non-Fiction

The editor–author relationship is always advanced and enhanced when we, as professional, skilled editors, practice our skills and learn new ones. Whether you’re working on paper or on screen, this training will give you the skills to work effectively with your authors, to analyse a piece of text, find the most effective shape for it (structure and flow) and then, finesse each sentence so the whole piece shines.

  • “Big Picture” editing: Assessing the whole piece for flow, comprehensiveness and logic
  • Audience and purpose: Aligning text to particular markets
  • “Ideal” shapes for various genre: Relationship between good writing and clear thinking
  • Identifying optimal beginnings, endings and transitions
  • Identifying challenges and finding solutions: checklists and exercises
  • Knowing how to ensure balance and elegance of language, ideas and form
  • Making academic text engaging and effective (architecture, signposting)
  • Contemporary trade non-fiction: Blurred boundaries and new techniques
  • Exercising judgment: When to change and when to hold back.
  • Question and Answer session


Editors and any individual who would like to improve their editing skills for non-fiction.

About the Trainer: Shelley Kenigsberg

Shelley Kenigsberg

Shelley Kenigsberg is a prominent freelance editor, writer and trainer. She runs S K Publishing (working with a range of private and publishing clients) and, since 2009, has presented Editing in Paradise masterclass programs. In 2012, Writing in Paradise began and now, both programs are fun in (as the name suggests) paradisiacal places. This year, Byron Bay, Ibiza, Myanmar and Bali. 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 26 years. She has developed and presented courses for writers centres (Northern Rivers WC, Northern Territory WC, NSW WC, Tasmanian WC, Qld WC); Asia-Pacific Writers and Translators; 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 2004–16) 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 writing her own book. So she understands how to wear a few hats. The author one is, currently, the worst fitting. This will change.

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.