Proofreading and editing

Come and learn the finer tricks of effective editing and proofreading from a highly experienced copy editor and see the quality of your texts improve immediately.

It is vitally important to craft texts in impeccable English if you want your media releases, articles and reports published. The difference between a good article that deserves to be read and one that lands in the editor's bin is often to be found in the odd grammatical error, misplaced punctuation mark or spelling mistake that could so easily have been prevented. Strengthen your professional reputation as copy writer and editor by developing meticulous attention to detail and a sound understanding of good English.

Copy editing is one stage of a process that adds value to written material before final publication, whether this be in print or on the web. This process applies to all written material, including media releases, marketing collateral, books, magazine articles, film scripts, newsletters or even documents with limited distribution, such as in-house reports or business proposals.

Proofreading, on the other hand, refers to the final checking to ensure that all changes that had been made and authorised during the copy editing process, have been effected correctly in the final proof.

Outcomes of the workshop
Delegates will be equipped with the knowledge and the skills to:
•Correct the most common and typical South African writing errors
•Understand the concept of Readability Ease Testing and know how to apply it
•Understand the different levels of editing
•Manage the editing process step by step
•Understand the responsibilities of the proof reader

About our facilitator
Peter van der Schyff is a freelance writer and communication specialist, managing his own public relations consultancy, Pringle-Scott Communication, in Johannesburg. He has established himself as an accomplished writer, proof reader and editor of English and Afrikaans texts with numerous clients.

He holds degrees in law, communication and industrial psychology. Peter is a Chartered Public Relations Practitioner (CPRP) and active member of the Public Relations Institute of Southern Africa (PRISA) where he has been lecturing on a part-time basis on all facets of corporate and media communication since 1987.

Between 2007 and 2014, Peter acted as both Judge and Chief Judge for the PRISA PRISM Awards, Southern Africa's most prestigious awards for excellence in Public Relations and communication projects. During 2008/9 he was chairman of PRISA's Gauteng Region and a member of the board of PRISA.

In May 2010 Peter received the PRISA President's Award for his contributions to the public relations and communication profession in South Africa. Earlier, in 1997 Peter was recognised for his presentation skills when he was named Communicator of the Year by International Training in Communication (ITC)



Date: 19 February 2018 to 20 February 2018
Time: 08:00 - 16:00
Venue: 108 Bram Fischer Drive, Ferndale,, Randburg
Cost: Early bird PRISA member: R4,760|early bird non-member: R5,270

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Date: 11 June 2018 to 12 June 2018
Time: 08:00 - 16:00
Venue: Limpopo Guest Manor, Polokwane
Cost: Early bird PRISA member: R4,760|early bird non-member: R5,270

Date: 10 September 2018 to 11 September 2018
Time: 08:00 - 16:00
Venue: 108 Bram Fischer Drive, Ferndale, Randburg

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Date: 12 March 2018 to 13 March 2018
Time: 08:00 - 16:00
Venue: The Bureaux Black, Cape Town
Cost: Early bird PRISA member: R 4,760|early bird non-member: R 5,270

Contact: Portia Dhlamini
Company name: PRISA
Telephone number: +27 11326 1262
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