Workshop on essential MS Word skills for editors

11 Nov 2017 at 09:00 to 13:00
Centre for the Book, Queen Victoria Street, Cape Town
Event Details

Title: Essential MS Word skills for editors

Focus: The focus of this workshop will be on the MS Word workspace and some of the commands in the ribbon most used by editors.

The aim of the workshop will be to help you find your way around MS Word more easily.

Date: Saturday 11 November 2017

Time: 09:00 for 09:30 to 13:00

Place: Committee Room, Centre for the Book (CFB), Queen Victoria Street, Cape Town

Presenter: Monica Bosman

More about our presenter

Monica writes the following about herself:

I studied BA at Stellenbosch, majoring in Afrikaans and Dutch, and English, later returning to complete a major in General Linguistics, after which I completed an honours and an MA in Linguistics at the University of the Western Cape. I began my career as an English teacher and later became a Linguistics lecturer at the University of the Western Cape. I left UWC to venture out on my own as a language practitioner in 2008. In that year I did John Linnegar’s editing course and became a member of PEG.

I’m also interested in the visual aspects of document design and much of my work involves taking care of the visual presentation of the documents I edit. I mostly work on business and institutional documents, like reports, CVs and a university calendar, which are edited and formatted for presentation in MS Word.

I live in Bellville between vibracrete walls where I battle the sand and the concrete with a struggling but brave garden. I have two wonderful redheads in my life – one with a beard and the other hoping to grow one in about fifteen years’ time.

Special request

Monica asks the following from attendees:

  1. To bring along
    • Your laptop, extension lead and multiplug adapter
    • Internet dongle, if you have one
    • Any shortcuts, tricks or alternatives you’d like to share
    • Three questions to help Monica with her preparation:
  2. Please complete the three questions below and email them back to her at
    1. Which version of MS Word do you use?
    2. Please tick as many of the following as would apply to you (by clicking on the relevant box):
      • I know the keyboard shortcut for saving a document
      • I know the keyboard shortcuts for cutting and pasting
      • I insert spacing between paragraphs by pressing Enter
      • I know how to set my computer to use smart quotes or not
      • I can zoom in and out of a page quickly
      • I know how to use Format Painter
      • I can find and replace all instances of a word starting with a capital letter (e.g. I can find “Manager” and replace it with “manager”)
      • I can insert a section break
      • I never change the margin settings of a document
      • I know how to make sure Word includes textboxes and footnotes in its word count
    3. Is there anything in particular that you hope to learn from this session, something specific you’d like to ask? (If you think of something after answering these questions, please feel free to email it to Monica separately.)

PEG guides

The following guides will be on sale at the workshop:

  • Consistency, consistency, consistency: PEG’s guide to style guides (third edition) by John Linnegar with Paul Schamberger and Jill Bishop at R40
  • 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 at R50
  • Marketing your freelance services: The PEG guide for practitioners by John Linnegar with Jenny de Wet and Lia Marus at R70


The price of the workshop, including refreshments, is:

Affiliation Early-bird registration fee
(before or on 3 November 2017)
Registration fee
(before or on 8 November 2017)
PEG members R250 R300
LAMP members R350 R400
Non-affiliated members R500 R600

Owing to the size of the venue, attendance is limited to 24 attendees. To book your place, please complete the registration form and return it along with proof of payment to Ellyn Barry at by Friday 3 November 2017 (early-bird rate) or by Wednesday 8 November 2017 (normal rate). Make use of the early-bird special: save money and secure your spot for this workshop by registering early!