Structural editing workshop

Posted on: 10 August 2015

Presented by Catherine Bateson of Tyle and Bateson Publishing

Sunday 6 September 2015, 9.30 to 16.45
SA Writers Centre, 2nd floor, 187 Rundle Street, Adelaide


Structural editing (sometimes called developmental or substantive editing) comprises a set of specialist editing skills essential for editors who wish to go beyond copy editing to look at the manuscript or text as a whole, to see if it functions as it is intended to. Structural editors will analyse elements such as the overall coherency, expository flow, plot, characterisation, point of view, and more.

Structural editing has been described as complex and time-consuming yet also deeply rewarding because of its creative nature.

This workshop will cover structural editing skills as used in fiction and creative non-fiction texts and will provide participants with ample opportunity to put newly learned skills into practice. Notes for all participants will be provided on the day.

The planned program:

9.30 – 10.15        Introduction and brainstorming – what makes a good structural editor
10.15 – 11.00      Structural editing overview/skills
11.00 – 11.15      Morning tea
11.15 – 13:15      Participants work on manuscripts
13.15 – 14.00      Lunch
14.00 – 15.30      Discussion of manuscripts
15.30 – 15.45      Afternoon tea
15.45 – 16.15      Dealing with the author
16.15 – 16.45      Conclusion and time for questions

Cost: $135 (members); $90 (concession); $200 (non-member)


Please register and make payment by FRIDAY 28 AUGUST, via Eventzilla on our home page
To advise about special dietary requirements, please email rsvp@editors-sa.org.au before Friday 28 August.


Catherine Bateson is an award-winning poet and writer for children and young adults. As a partner in Tyle & Bateson Publishing she works on the other side of the fence, as an editor. Her structural editing work includes novels for children and young adults, verse novels and poetry collections. Catherine is also responsible for the manuscript assessment service at Tyle & Bateson, where she assesses and structurally edits manuscripts submitted by new and emerging writers. She has also mentored writers. Catherine teaches Professional Writing and Editing through Federation Training TAFE, where she has worked for the past thirteen years.

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