Gauteng nitty-gritty workshop on academic editing

28 Oct 2017 at 09:00 to 13:00
Accolade Boutique Venue, Midran
Event Details

Join the Gauteng branch of PEG for a nitty-gritty workshop on editing academic texts for students (theses and dissertations). The workshop will help you get started as an academic editor and avoid some of the common pitfalls of this kind of editing work. Our facilitator, Alexa Barnby, has been working with academic texts for about 25 years and has a wealth of knowledge to share with us.

Focus: This nitty-gritty workshop will focus on various aspects of academic editing, including:

  • The need for academic editors
  • The different services academic editors can offer (formatting, referencing)
  • The editing process – where the editor fits in
  • Managing expectations and the client relationship
  • Ethics in academic editing – where your responsibility as an editor begins and ends
  • Charging a fair rate

We will also work through some practical examples of academic texts to show some of the common errors you may encounter when editing.

Delegates are invited to send questions, and examples of text they may have found tricky, for Alexa to discuss on the day.

Date: Saturday, 28 October 2017

Time: Registration at 08:30

Workshop session from 09:00 to 13:00

Place: Accolades Boutique Venue, 72 Dale Road, Midrand, 1685

Presenter: Alexa Barnby

About the presenter:

Alexa Barnby’s involvement in the editing of academic texts began about 25 years ago at the SA College of Teacher Education and continued in the Language Services Directorate at Unisa. Since her retirement last year, she has been busy editing students’ theses, dissertations and research articles, as well as working for several publishers. She also has an agreement with the University of Basel to edit theses and research articles in various fields.

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 and a light lunch, is:

Affiliation Early-bird registration fee
(before or on 20 October 2017)
Registration fee
(before or on 25 October 2017)
PEG members R340 R380
LAMP members R420 R460
Non-affiliated members R500 R600

To book your place, please complete the registration form and return it along with proof of payment to Ellyn Barry at by Friday, 20 October 2017 (early-bird rate) or by Wednesday, 25 October 2017 (normal rate).