Workshop on developmental editing

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

Focus: Developmental editing

Date: Saturday 29 July 2017

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

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

Presenter: Dr Linda Pretorius

Linda Pretorius holds a PhD in Bioengineering from the University of Pretoria. She loves science and working with words. In her career as a science writer, editor and proofreader she has found the best of both worlds.

Linda joined the Publishing Services Department at Macmillan Education South Africa as a managing editor in 2011, after having freelanced for five years. Linda thinks that her science studies and inquisitive nature helped to shape her into a critical reader, a skill that eventually led to her current role as a developmental editor at Macmillan. She is also involved in training other editors, and shares her experience with publishing teams in six southern African countries.

Linda is married to Johan, a software developer, and they share their home with two energetic Standard Schnauzers.

What is developmental editing?

It’s not copy-editing, structural editing or line editing. Nor is it ghostwriting or rewriting. So what is it? And why should any PEG member be interested in being a developmental editor (DE)?

Many educational publishers, both at school level and in tertiary education, rely on developmental editors as a valuable part of the publishing process. Don’t be intimidated by the prospect of doing developmental work; come find out what it’s about when Linda Pretorius shares her experiences of working as a developmental editor in an educational book publishing context.

Linda will introduce you to an approach to developmental editing and share some dos and don’ts. The workshop will also allow you to engage with practical examples and exercises drawn from educational material. In this way you will experience first-hand how fulfilling it can be to see a manuscript take shape under your editorial guidance. Being a DE can add a valuable extra layer to your editing skill set.

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

One copy of Text editing: A handbook for students and practitioners (Kris Van de Poel, WAM Carstens and John Linnegar) is available at R400.


The price of the workshop, including refreshments, is:

Affiliation,/th> Early-bird registration fee
(before or on 21 July 2017)
Registration fee
(before or on 26 July 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 21 July 2017 (early-bird rate) or by Wednesday 26 July 2017 (normal rate).

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