Workshop: Editing for inclusivity

26 Aug 2017 at 08:30 to 13:00
Cruises International, 3 Willow Crescent, St Andrews, Senderwood, Bedfordview
PEG Gauteng
Event Details

Focus: As editors, we play an important role in helping writers to engage, rather than estrange, their readers. We therefore need to be conscious of ways in which their writing could come across as biased, insensitive or even offensive. In this workshop, we’ll look at several areas where bias could occur, from gender, age and ethnicity to class, education and culture. We’ll use practical examples to show how certain biases are presented in writing – for example, by giving irrelevant information or using problematic idioms. We’ll also give tips for dealing with bias, both in the text and with the writer, throughout the workshop.

Date: Saturday, 26 August 2017

Time: Registration at 08:30
Workshop session from 09:00 to 13:00

Place: Cruises International, 3 Willow Crescent, St Andrews, Senderwood, Bedfordview

Presenter: Melissa Davidson

About the presenter:

Melissa is a writer, editor, trainer, business owner and plain-language practitioner with over 15 years’ experience in corporate communications and marketing. Most of her corporate experience has been in financial services and information technology, industries known for their complexity and jargon. She has a BA (Hons) and MBA, and has gained extensive experience in using the principles of plain language to write and edit different forms of content. She also dabbles in document formatting and runs courses on using MS Word. Together with her business partner, Jumari Ferreira, Melissa runs Superscript, a small content agency which provides a range of language and communication services for businesses.

PEG guides

The following guides will be on sale at the workshop:

  • The business of editing: The PEG guide to setting up and running your small business (second edition) by Jill Bishop, John Linnegar and Linda Pretorius – R50
  • Marketing your freelance services: The PEG guide for practitioners by John Linnegar with Jenny de Wet and Lia Marus – R70


The price of the workshop, including refreshments, is:

Affiliation Early-bird registration fee
(before or on 18 August 2017)
Registration fee
(before or on 23 August 2017)
PEG members R250 [GTA2608] R300 [GTB2608]
LAMP members R300 [GTC2608] R350 [GTD2608]
Non-affiliated members R500 [GTE2608] R600 [GTF2608]

To book your place, please complete the registration form and return it along with proof of payment to Ellyn Barry at by Friday, 18 August 2017, (early-bird rate) or by Wednesday, 23 August 2017, (normal rate).

Make use of the early-bird special: save money and secure your spot for this workshop by registering early!