Masterclass on Advanced Copy-editing and Proofreading for Fiction and Non-fiction

This course is applicable for the Capability Development Grant and eligible for SkillsFuture.

“Make the manuscript the finest it can be” — with advanced copyediting and proofreading.

In this intensive, two-day workshop, participants will work at an advanced level with a variety of texts —fiction and non-fiction — and hone their techniques for ensuring that each element of the text is the shape it should be; that language is elegant and appropriate, that ideas are expressed as clearly as possible, and the narrative flows as it should.

This is a practical workshop with many examples and opportunities for participants to work in small groups, and have the opportunity to present to the group, as well as opportunities for collegial and individual work and practice.

Course Outline

  • Analysing and identifying challenges in texts: Checklists and exercises
  • Audience and purpose: Aligning text to appropriate markets 
  • Macro- and micro-editing: Balance and coverage
  • The editor’s role and responsibilities beyond ‘pure’ editing or proofing
  • Keeping track: The editor’s toolkit for clarity, consistency and concision
  • Balancing the elements: Being advocate for the public, publisher and author
  • Communicating well: Becoming a diplomat and a choreographer! 
  • Proofreading techniques: Checklists and exercises (individual and pair work)
  • Exercising judgement: When to change and when to hold back.
  • Question and answer sessions each day.

You’ll be provided with checklists, exercises and suggested edits for the sample texts.

There is a question and answer session each day.

This advanced level workshop will include group work, one-on-one support and feedback on editing and proofreading practice.

Who Should Attend: Editors, proofreaders


Kinokuniya Privilege Card Members

Kinokuniya Privilege card members can enjoy 10% off the workshop fee.
Please provide your membership number and workshop title to [email protected] for the discount code before online registration.

Capability Development Grant

The Capability Development Grant is open to individuals and organisations who have a strong track record of involvement in the arts at a professional level, and is able to demonstrate commitment to the long-term development of the arts in Singapore.


Some workshops are eligible for the SkillsFuture Credit.

All Singaporeans aged 25 and above can use their SkillsFuture Credit from the government to pay for a wide range of approved skills-related courses. Visit the SkillsFuture Credit website  to choose from the courses available on the the SkillsFuture Credit course directory.

Participants can disburse partial or full course fees (excludes registration fees) in SkillsFuture Credits. 
For using the full course fee in SkillsFuture, please register for the course in Eventbrite and select 'Send Invoice' at the end of the online registration page.
For disbursement of partial course fee in SkillsFuture, please contact [email protected]

If you use your SkillsFuture for the full course fee (exclude registration fee), please register for this workshop first and select 'Send Invoice' as payment mode. You are required to make cash payment of the Eventbrite registration fee at the workshop.

If you use partial SkillsFuture of the course fee, please sign in to your SkillsFuture account and after which email to [email protected] with the remaining course fee (including Eventbrite fee) you will make payment for.

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.

17 – 18 SEPTEMBER 2018 (MON - TUE)
9:30AM – 5:30PM

Singapore Book Council Training Room
90 Goodman Road, Blk E #03-32
Goodman Arts Centre
Singapore 439053

Course Fee: $600.00
Eventbrite Registration Fee: $16.99


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.