PTC Editing Skills Training: Substantive Editing
28 Mar 2020 at 10:00 am
28 Mar 2020 at 01:30 pm
Free Word Centre
Free Word Centre
60 Farringdon Road,

PTC Editing Skills Training: Substantive Editing

This event is invite only, following open applications at the end of 2019. Thank you to all those who applied.

In light of the recent escalation of COVID-19, TLC will be postponing this workshop, to protect the health and safety of our tutor, venue staff, and participants. We have been in touch with all participants by email about this, and will send follow-up updates in due course. We remain in close contact with relevant partners in order to ensure our events policy remains in line with government and Public Health guidance.

The Literary Consultancy (TLC) has announced a new scheme in association with the Publishing Training Centre (PTC), following a pilot in 2018 which offered free evening seminars to low-income and marginalised aspiring editors. This year, the offer has been expanded thanks to a donation from prize-winning novelist Jude Cook.

The Editing Skills Training Scheme will see up to 36 aspiring editors trained up over a series of workshops and events, and has been set up to encourage aspiring editors from all backgrounds to build key skills and confidence within publishing industry work settings, whether in-house or freelance.

Participants will additionally be offered free access to a PTC e-learning module of their choice, as well as 50% off the flagship PTC Introduction to Editorial Skills course. Ongoing support from TLC will be made available to all students, and six travel and access bursaries will be available to participants coming from outside of London and/or with mobility issues. A Working with Publishers event will be held at TLC’s base, Free Word, in April 2020.


Saturday March 28th 2020 10am-1.30pm Substantive editing with Andrew Steed

Substantive editing is undertaken when a text is judged to have more wrong with it than can be put right in the standard editorial process. To do this effectively, an editor needs to develop a strategy for putting the text right that is based on a clear analysis of what is wrong with it and which also guarantees the writer’s approval of the proposed changes. This half-day workshop demonstrates an approach to this kind of interventionist editing and offers the opportunity to try out the process on a number of problematic texts.


About Your Training

Each half-day session will be held at Free Word from 10am-1.30pm. Free access to one module of your choice within PTC’s e-learning environment will be provided so you can continue with your training after the session. These include the modules Introduction to Publishing, Editorial Style, Adobe Tools for Editors, and Editing Fiction. You can browse the full programme here. You will also be offered a 50% discount on the PTC’s flagship Introduction to Editorial Skills course which can be accessed online for self-study, or in person over two days’ training.

Panel Event and ongoing support

TLC will also host a panel discussion event, Meet the Editors, as part of this offer, on 1st April 2020 which is open to all applicants to the Editing Skills Training Scheme. This event will offer a view of how editing professionals can work with publishers both in-house and in a freelance capacity, featuring publishing industry speakers in a panel format, exploring how and why practical editing skills are useful, and in which roles they can be applied. The event will feature special guests Louise Harnby, Shreeta Shah, and Becky Alexander.

Ongoing support will be made available from TLC’s in-house editorial team for those interested in continuing on with us beyond the workshops and panel, and we will also be talking with participants to see what kind of further support we might be able to facilitate for them with our wider networks.