Annual fiction editing workshop (English and Afrikaans)

16 May 2018 at 08:30 to 17 May 2018 17:00
Klein Waterval Riverside Lodge, Franschhoek
Event Details

Sign up for PEG’s two-day fiction editing workshop

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After a break of one year, and in response to many requests for a reprise, PEG’s intensive two-day Fiction Editing Workshops begin a new chapter in the Cape! A yen for editing fiction, to turn over a new leaf? Feel the need for a refresher, or for the next episode? Then seize the moment by joining fellow wordies at the Western Cape Branch’s fiction-editing workshop at Klein Waterval in May, in the run-up to the Franschhoek Literary Festival (

Novel narrative: The role of the editor, levels of editing, narrative theory, genre, the editor’s toolbox.

When: Wednesday 16 May and Thursday 17 May 2018

Time: 08:30 to 17:00

Familiar setting: Klein Waterval Riverside Lodge (, Franschhoek Valley

Fresh faces: Cathy Park and Ambre Nicolson

Building on the successful workshops staged from 2013 to 2016 – and in response to many requests from members and non-members of the Guild alike – the 2018 fiction-editing workshop will provide a thorough introduction to this highly specialised area of publishing.

In this two-day intensive workshop, attendees will gain both practical hands-on knowledge and theoretical insight into editing a fiction manuscript in preparation for publishing.

Guided by our new presenters, and working in a small group, attendees can look forward to in-depth discussion, individual attention and the opportunity to hone their technical skills.

Topics covered will include understanding the role of the editor, genre conventions and requirements, an introduction to narrative theory, the different levels of editing and the practical skills and tools required to be a good fiction editor. Each participant will leave with a workshop pack that contains the information covered during the two days.

We’re delighted to announce that this year’s presenters for the English group are Ambre Nicolson and Cathy Park Kelly.

More about our presenters

Ambre Nicolson is a writer, editor and English teacher who believes that stories can change the world. Before and after obtaining degrees in English and journalism at the university currently known as Rhodes, she was a cleaner in London, a wall painter in Barcelona, a language student in Shanghai and a book researcher in New York. She has 15 years’ experience working as a magazine editor, freelance writer and English teacher on three continents. These days she develops publications for UCT, writes articles, edits manuscripts and teaches English to refugees in Cape Town. Modjaji Books recently published her latest book, An A to Z of Amazing South African Women.

Cathy Park Kelly is a writer and editor who lives with her husband and son in a sunny valley in the far south of Cape Town. She is a qualified high school English teacher with an honours degree in Applied Linguistics. One of Cathy’s strengths is distilling her twenty-five years’ experience of teaching and writing into workshops that are as engaging as they are valuable. She has worked with people from all walks of life – young prisoners, inner city artists and corporate suits – helping them tell their stories in print. Her first book, Inside Outside, was a non-fiction account of her experiences teaching juvenile offenders. She is also an entrepreneur who sells 3D design software on the side to support her writing workshop addiction.

Special industry guests

To give attendees the ‘inside story’, PEG has invited fiction publishers Fourie Botha (Penguin Random House) and Nèlleke de Jager (NB Publishers) to take part in the programme on Day 2 of the workshop. They’ll be discuss fiction-editing from a publisher’s perspective with the group – a unique opportunity for you to learn more about publishers’ expectations of editors in this niche.


Don’t lose the plot: make sure you’re among the ‘dramatis personae’ at this year’s event! Limited places are available for the English-language workshop (a maximum of 20 people). Attendees must undertake to read an entire manuscript as a prerequisite for full participation in the workshop. Each participant must bring a laptop, dictionary and/or thesaurus to the two-day workshop.

To register, please complete the registration form and email it to Ellyn Barry, PEG’s administrator, at, along with proof of payment.

Recommended reading options

  • Stet, Diana Athill (memoir)
  • Max Perkins: Editor of genius, A Scott Berg (biography)
  • The forest for the trees, Betsy Lerner
  • The art of fiction, John Gardner
  • Reading like a writer, Francine Prose
  • Negotiating with the dead, Margaret Atwood
  • Editors on editing, Gerald C. Cross
  • Eats, shoots and leaves, Lynne Truss
  • Eish, but is it English?, Rajend Mesthrie
  • Mother tongue: The story of the English language, Bill Bryson


Attendees are welcome to send any questions about the editing of works of fiction for the presenters’ attention beforehand to the Western Cape Branch Committee. Questions must be received by Monday 7 May 2018. Please send your questions to Corné Janse van Rensburg (


Attendees are cordially invited to a wine-tasting on Wednesday evening after the first day’s workshop. This informal event is the ideal opportunity to meet and network with fellow editors, chat informally with the presenters and enjoy the warm hospitality of Klein Waterval and the Franschhoek Valley.


PEG has booked the whole Klein Waterval Riverside Lodge ( at Franschhoek for the two days of the workshop. Make use of the preferential rates offered to attendees by contacting Ezna at Klein Waterval Riverside Lodge directly (tel 021 874 1711 or 021 874 1292; or email, stating that you would like to book for the PEG fiction-editing workshop. Online booking through other websites, eg, will show that Klein Waterval Riverside Lodge is completely booked out because of PEG’s block reservation. Online booking will also not give you the preferential rate offered to attendees.

Also consider staying at Sunny Lane ( in Franschhoek. Contact the proprietor, Barbara Hathorn (who is also a PEG member), at 083 581 9686 to make a reservation at a preferential rate (mention that you will be attending the workshop).

Franschhoek Literary Festival

Why not make this a ‘literary week’ by staying on for the Franschhoek Literary Festival (FLF)? The FLF takes place from 18 to 20 May 2018. Read more about the event and this year’s author-and-action-packed programme at


The price of the two-day workshop, including lunches and refreshments, is:

Affiliation Early-bird registration fee
(before or on 6 April 2018)
Registration fee
(before or on 4 May 2018)
PEG members R3 200 R3 700
LAMP members R3 800 R4 300
Non-affiliated members R4 400 R4 900

Owing to the size of the venue, attendance is limited to 20 attendees. To book your place, please complete the attached registration form and return it along with proof of payment to Ellyn Barry at by Friday 6 April 2018 (early-bird rate) or by Friday 4 May 2018 (normal rate).

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

Tweedagwerkwinkel oor die redenering van fiksie

See above for English

Die Wes-Kaapse tak van PEG nooi belangstellendes uit na ʼn tweedagwerkwinkel oor die redigering van fiksie in Afrikaans in aanloop tot die Franschhoek- Literêre Fees (

Fokus: Makro- en mikroredigering; praktiese redigeeroefening; riglyne vir ʼn vryskutpraktyk.

Datum: Woensdag 16 Mei en Donderdag 17 Mei 2018

Tyd: 08:30 tot 17:00

Plek: Klein Waterval Riverside Lodge (, Franschhoek

Aanbieder: Suzette Kotzé-Myburgh

Na die suksesvolle slypskole wat PEG van 2013 tot 2016 aangebied het — en in reaksie op talle versoeke van lede van PEG asook van nielede om verdere praktiese opleiding in hierdie hoogs gespesialiseerde veld van redigering — sal 2018 se werkwinkel op al die verskillende aspekte van fiksieredigering fokus. Vanjaar word die kollig geplaas op algemene beginsels van fiksieredigering, die beoordeling van tekste, die verskil tussen makro- en mikroredigering, en die verhouding tussen skrywer en redakteur. Riglyne en wenke vir die bedryf van ʼn vryskutpraktyk sal ook gegee word, sowel as ʼn bespreking van naslaanbronne. Die praktiese komponent van die werkwinkel behels die redigeer van ʼn kortverhaal op die eerste dag, gevolg deur ʼn in-diepte bespreking van die memorandum op die tweede dag. Deelnemers word aangemoedig om deurentyd vrae te vra ten einde hul eie vermoëns te ontwikkel en te slyp, met die hoofdoelwit om soveel as moontlik te leer oor die werklike, letterlike praktyk van redigering. Daarby moet deelnemers elkeen drie gedetailleerde voorbeelde in ʼn drukstuk saambring van redigeerkwessies waarmee hulle die meeste sukkel, om tydens ʼn groepbespreking te behandel.

Ons is baie bly om aan te kondig dat Suzette Kotzé-Myburgh, een van ons mees gesoute fiksieredigeerders, vanjaar as aanbieder optree.

Meer oor ons aanbieder

Suzette Kotzé-Myburgh werk sedert 1990 in die uitgewersbedryf, die afgelope twintig jaar as vryskut. Sy het ʼn BA-graad met lof behaal aan die Universiteit Stellenbosch, gevolg deur ʼn honneursgraad in joernalistiek. Benewens teksredigering doen sy ook manuskripkeuring, manuskripontwikkeling, proefleeswerk, vertaling, projekbestuur en selfpublikasies. Haar joernalistieke werk sluit in boekresensies, skrywersonderhoude vir radio (RSG) en filmresensies vir LitNet. Sy tree op as mentor vir teksredakteurs en gee ook opleiding. Sy is die medesamesteller van Nuwe Kinderverseboek, Rympies vir Pikkies en Peuters, Rympies vir Kleintjies en Kleuters, Nuwe Stories 1, 2 en 3 en die US Woordfeesbundels BLY, WYS en 100%.

Spesiale uitgewersbedryfgaste

PEG het Fourie Botha (Penguin Random House) en Nèlleke de Jager (NB Uitgewers) uitgenooi om ʼn kort bespreking oor fiksieredigering vanuit die uitgewersbedryf se oogpunt te lei. Dit sal deel vorm van die program op die tweede dag van die werkwinkel. Dit is ʼn unieke geleentheid om meer te wete te kom oor uitgewers se verwagtinge en vereistes in hierdie nismark.


Plek is beperk vir die Afrikaanse slypskool (ʼn maksimum van 20 persone). Om vir die werkwinkel te registreer, voltooi asseblief die registrasievorms en stuur dit aan Ellyn Barry, PEG se administrasiebeampte, by saam met jou betalingsbewys.


Die volgende leeslys ter voorbereiding vir die werkwinkel word voorgestel:

  • Aristoteles se Poëtika (1991-vertaling van De Kock en Cilliers)
  • Vertelkunde (Brink, 1987)
  • Die Afrikaanse skryfgids (Scheepers en Kleyn, 2012)
  • Om te skryf (2013 en hersiene uitgawe van 2017; op model van Kane en Peters se Writing prose, 1959)
  • Afrikaanse woordelys en spelreëls (11e uitgawe van 2017)


Deelnemers is welkom om enige vrae oor die redigering van fiksie vir Suzette se aandag voor die tyd aan die Wes-Kaapse Takkomitee te stuur. Vrae moet Corné Janse van Rensburg ( teen Maandag 7 Mei 2018 bereik.


Deelnemers word hartlik uitgenooi na ʼn wynproe wat Woensdagaand ná die dag se sessie aangebied word. Die funksie bied aan deelnemers die geleentheid om mederedigeerders te ontmoet, informeel met die aanbieder te gesels en die vriendelike gasvryheid van Klein Waterval te geniet.


PEG het die hele Klein Waterval Riverside Lodge ( op Franschhoek vir die twee dae van die werkwinkel bespreek. Maak gebruik van die voorkeurtariewe wat Klein Waterval vir deelnemers aanbied deur Ezna direk by Klein Waterval Riverside Lodge te kontak (tel 021 874 1711 of 021 874 1292 en e-pos Aanlyn besprekings deur middel van ander webwerwe, bv, sal aandui dat Klein Waterval Riverside Lodge vol bespreek is omdat PEG ʼn blokbespreking gemaak het. Aanlyn besprekings sal ook nie vir deelnemers die voorkeurtariewe aanbied wat PEG vir deelnemers beding het nie.

Oorweeg dit ook om by Sunny Lane ( te gaan bly. Tree in verbinding met die eienaar, Barbara Hathorn, ook ʼn PEG-lid, by 083 581 9686 om ʼn bespreking te maak (vermeld dat jy PEG se werkwinkel sal bywoon).

Franschhoek- Literêre Fees

Maak dit gerus ʼn “woordewegbreek” deur die Franschhoek- Literêre Fees (FLF) by te woon. Die FLF vind plaas van 18 tot 20 Mei 2018. Lees meer oor hierdie geleentheid en vanjaar se interessante program by


Die prys vir die tweedagwerkwinkel wat middagete en verversings insluit, is:

Affiliasie Vroeëregistrasiefooi
(vóór of op Vrydag 6 April 2018)
(vóór of op Vrydag 4 Mei 2018)
PEG-lede R3 200 R3 700
LAMP-lede R3 800 R4 300
Belangstellendes R4 400 R4 900

As gevolg van die grootte van die konferensiefasiliteit kan net 20 mense geakkommodeer word. Om jou plek te bespreek, voltooi asseblief die registrasievorm en stuur dit met jou betalingsbewys aan Ellyn Barry by teen Vrydag 6 April 2018 (vroeë registrasie) of teen Vrydag 4 Mei 2018 (normale prys).

Benut die afslag vir vroeë registrasie en maak seker jou plek is bespreek vir hierdie geleentheid!