Advanced manuscript editing

By Shelley Kenigsberg

4 July 2017 (Tue)
9:30am – 5:30pm

Level 5, Imagination Room
National Library Building
100 Victoria Street, Singapore 188064
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Course Fee: $280.00
Eventbrite Registration Fee: $8.25

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This course is eligible for SkillsFuture and the IMDA T-Assist grant.

Synopsis
'All good writing is rewriting’ is a favourite instruction to writers. Great writers have techniques that allow them to: finesse their work, select and eliminate weak passages,  and sustain energy for many drafts. These redrafting techniques are also employed in the edit and, while they’re different processes, in both it’s the precision and astute revision of a passage, a sentence or word choice that keeps readers turning the pages.

Editing your own or someone else’s work requires knowing what to keep and what to discard. The art of the edit is being able to look with a detailed and (somewhat) dispassionate eye, but always with an open mind. Once you can identify the problem you’ll need to have the techniques to remedy it. So, armed with that understanding we’ll build a repertoire of editing skills—to avoid the sins of ‘bad’ writing that dilute the ‘wow’ factor. In this intense (and intensely fun) masterclass, we’ll identify what’s effective to keep reader interest, and ‘lift the writing off the page’.
The masterclass will include:

  • Looking at a range of texts, analysing the elements and identifying weaknesses
  • Understanding writing craft: structure, point of view, dialogue, characterisation, showing and not telling… and so much more
  • Group exercises to redraft a piece of writing (different points of view, tenses, use of dialogue, etc)
  • Practise at editing (your own and other writers’ pieces)

You will emerge with a strong sense of what makes good writing and have a far better equipped ‘toolbox’ to invigorate the writing and insert it  into readers’ hearts. 

Participants are asked to send — by 16 June 2017 —  5-7 pages of their writing or (if editors) writing they would like to (and have permission to) analyse. The writing can be any genre including fiction or non-fiction. There will be individual feedback for each participant.

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

ALAP’S BRING A FRIEND DISCOUNT

ALAP’S BRING A FRIEND DISCOUNT: Enjoy a 10% discount on each ticket when you sign-up for two tickets in one purchase
Please request ALAP staff (alap@bookcouncil.sg) for the discount code, before registering and paying for the workshops via Eventbrite.

ALAP’s THREE N MORE DISCOUNT

ALAP’s THREE N MORE DISCOUNT:  Form a group of three and more and enjoy a 15% discount on each ticket in one purchase
Please request ALAP staff (alap@bookcouncil.sg) for the discount code, before registering and paying for the workshops via Eventbrite.

Kinokuniya Privilege Card Members

Kinokuniya Privilege card members can also enjoy a 10% discount on all our courses. Please share with us your membership card number by emailing alap@bookcouncil.sg  along with the workshop title.

Productivity and Innovation Credit Scheme (PIC)

Eligible businesess can enjoy tax savings in the form of cash payouts and/or tax deductions when they invest in training of employees. Attend our workshops and enjoy PIC credits, either as a 40% cash conversion payour rate or 400% tax deduction/allowances. For more information, visit IRAS’ Productivity and Innovation Credit Scheme.

SkillsFuture

Some of ALAP’s workshops are eligible for the SkillsFuture Credit. Singaporeans aged 25 and above can use their SkillsFuture Credit to pay the fees for the workshop. Please e-mail us at alap@bookcouncil.sg so that we can help you register for the workshop ticket on our registration portal before you apply to use your SkillsFuture credits 30 days before the course start date.

Participants can disburse their credits to themselves or us via the SkillsFuture Credit Portal. You can disburse the SkillsFuture Credits 30 days before or 90 days after the course start date to yourself or disburse your SkillsFuture Credits to ALAP 30 days before the course start date.

IMDA Talent Assistance Specialised Training Grant

Local (Singaporean/Permanent Resident) media practitioners, including full-time media freelancers, are subject to up to 90% grant of the total course fees (excluding GST) with the IMDA Talent Assistance Specialised Training Grant. In addition, media freelancers could apply for Training Allowance of $7.50 per hour. All applications are subject to approval. Those attending/wishing to attend the approved courses could apply for the grant through the Six Degrees portal at least 21 calendar days before the course date. All grant applications are subject to approval from Six Degrees.

Minimum – Maximum Number of Participants: 15 – 30 pax

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 of workshop, two weeks before the workshop date.

All ALAP workshops serve tea-breaks and provide course handouts.

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 later than two weeks before the workshop date will receive a 50 % refund. Participants can also opt to 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.