January 2021
Publishing Scotland Training

Hello and Happy New Year from all of us at Publishing Scotland.

Welcome to the first training newsletter of 2021. As well as news about our courses, there is a round up of jobs and events.

Committing to learning new skills, or improving on existing ones, is a popular new year resolution and this year it is as worthwhile as ever. Our first proofreading and copy-editing courses of the year are now open for booking along with a new copy-editing course for non-publishers. Courses will continue to be online for the foreseeable future. 

We will be adding to the programme throughout the year. Please get in touch if you have any comments or suggestions.

Best wishes


Joan Lyle, 
Training and Information Manager, Publishing Scotland
Introduction to Copy-editing
Introduction to Copy-editing
25 and 28 January, and 1 and 4 February 2021

Delivered by regular tutor Cathy Tingle, this course is suitable for people in the publishing industry, those who want to work in editing on a freelance basis, and anyone else who has responsibility for the presentation of written material. This course will be delivered online in four 90-minute sessions (one per day) on Monday 25 and Thursday 28 January, and Monday 1 and Thursday 4 February 2021. It is eligible for 3 CIEP upgrade points.

Fee: £150+VAT (members); £200+VAT (non-members).
Booking: register and pay on TICKET TAILOR by 21 January 2021
Introduction to Proofreading
15, 18, 22 and 25 February 2021

No previous knowledge is required for this introduction to proofreading course with regular tutor Denise Cowle. The emphasis is on practical exercises using a variety of accessible texts. This course will be delivered online in four 90-minute sessions (one per day) on Monday 15, Thursday 18, Monday 22 and Thursday 25 February 2021. It is eligible for 3 CIEP upgrade points.

Fee: £150+VAT (members); £200+VAT (non-members).
Booking: register and pay on TICKET TAILOR by 11 February 2021
Editing for non-publishers
10 and 13 May 2021

This is a new course led by regular tutor Cathy Tingle. It is aimed at people who don’t work in a publishing house but who work, or want to work, with documents that will be published in some form – for example newsletters, brochures, handbooks or websites. Two Zoom sessions of two hours (one per day) on Monday 10 and Thursday 13 May 2021.

Fee: £100+VAT (members); £130+VAT (non-members)
Booking: register and pay on TICKET TAILOR by 30 April 2021
More courses

Details coming soon of more new editorial courses including: Marketing your freelance editorial business (March) and PDF mark-up (April).

Booking is now open for Further Copy-editing and Further Proofreading in June, and Academic Editing in October.

We post our courses on the PS website as soon as they are open for booking.

See also our round up of free and paid-for online training courses.
Some online events in the next few months.

Scotland’s largest contemporary Burns celebration joins forces with Scotland’s much loved comic hero of 2020, Janey Godley, as Big Burns Supper goes digital for 2021. Free to view on Facebook and YouTube from 7pm on 25 January 2021. See the Big Burns Supper website.

Aberdeen's crime writing festival will return for its first ever virtual edition with a series of online talks, author conversations and headline events. See the Granite Noir website.

Following on from the success of its inaugural festival, Paisley Book Festival is delighted to be returning in 2021. See the Paisley Book Festival website.

World Book Day is a celebration of reading, authors, illustrators and books. It’s designated by UNESCO as a worldwide celebration of books and reading, and marked in over 100 countries all over the world. See the World Book Day website.

The festival themes are 'Make It New' and 'No Rhyme Nor Reason', and they'll be showcasing poetry from countries from the former Eastern bloc with 'Beyond the Iron Curtain'. See the StAnza website.

The IPG will facilitate one-to-one meetings with a wide range of UK and international retailers, publishers, distributors, suppliers and experts. See the IPG website and The Bookseller of 8 January 2021.

Ctrl Alt Refresh is SYP Scotland's first-ever digital conference. The conference will feature panels on a wide range of topics – from 2020 being the year of digitising events and the diverse and unconventional routes into the industry, to international publishing and the debates surrounding representation and accessibility. See the SYP Scotland website.
Events Jan Feb Mar 2021

Creative Scotland: Head of Literature and Publishing
Apply for this full-time, permanent position by 12 noon on Tuesday 19 January 2021.

Twig Education: Content Editor
Apply for this fixed term position (6 months with possible extension) by Sunday 31 January 2021. Please note that early applications may be prioritised.

Society of Authors: Grants for works in progress
Writers whose book project is for a commercial UK publisher can apply for grants awarded by the Society of Authors. The deadlines for the current year are 1 February and 1 July 2021.

Our Voices: writer development programme
Emerging writers from under-represented communities are invited to apply for this Creative Scotland development programme by Friday 12 February 2021.

The Printing Charity Rising Star Awards 2021
Winners receive up to £1500 towards training or equipment to support their development. The deadline for applications is Sunday 7 March 2021.

For more information on these jobs and opportunities, see the Publishing Scotland website.

Hardship Fund for Creative Freelancers
The Hardship Fund for Creative Freelancers is handled by Creative Scotland and will remain open whilst budget remains available.

Bookcareers Job Club Initiative
As a direct response to the current employment situation caused by Covid-19, the bookcareers service is now running TWO job clubs: one for newcomers and one for publishing professionals. See the bookcareers website.

The British Book Awards
Also known as the Nibbies, these book industry awards are now open for entries until 5 February 2021. See The Bookseller website.
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