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For further information about training courses, contact the Training Officer.

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For more training courses, check the Australian Publishers Association website.

Don't forget to check out Redact, our weekend residential course!

InDesign for Beginners (PCs), with Noè Harsel

Saturday, 18 February 2012

This course is now fully booked.

InDesign is the leading desktop publishing tool being used today. This course offers an interactive, intensive one-day course to understand the basics of InDesign.

This course is created for people who have no experience in using InDesign or any desktop publishing application. It will cover basic graphic design and desktop publishing principles. The aim is for you to finish the day feeling more comfortable with InDesign so you can create your own basic layouts.

Course outline

  • Overview
  • Work area, tools, palettes
  • How to set up a document
  • Working with colour
  • Selection and drawing, type, frames, shapes
  • Guides

Important notes about this course

  • Basic computer literacy and familiarity with Microsoft Word and using the internet are essential.
  • This is an intensive course for beginners. A more advanced course (called an intermediate course) will run later in the year.
  • InDesign is a desktop publishing program not an editing program. In this course you will be learning the basics of desktop publishing, design and graphics.
  • This course is run on a Windows PC platform. The applications for PC and Macintosh platforms are nearly identical, so users of one platform can attend the course of the other platform.
  • We will be creating a single-page document in this course.
  • If you would like to save documents that you create in this course, please bring your own USB stick.

About the trainer

Noè Harsel has extensive experience in publication production, design, editing and writing for both print and online media. She has taught InDesign at RMIT University, LaTrobe University and Swinburne University.

When: Saturday, 18 February, 10:30 am to 5:00 pm
Where: CAE, 253 Flinders Lane, Melbourne
Cost: Members (Soc Eds, APA, ASTC, ANZSI, WV) $215.00, non-members $275.00. Tea, coffee and mini muffins are provided.


This course is now fully booked.

Dance Steps for the Self-Employed Editor, with Jackey Coyle

Saturday, 25 February 2012

To be successful as a self-employed editor, there's so much to stay on top of: marketing, administration, keeping track of the money, finding work and staying current. And that's above and beyond actually doing the work.

It's a bit like learning to dance. You need to get with the rhythm, sharpen your coordination, keep learning new steps and be nimble enough to improvise when necessary. The music may change at the drop of a hat, and you need to mentally change steps to ensure that all sides of your business stay healthy.

'Dance steps for the self-employed editor' combines information, discussion and activities across the five essential elements of being successfully self-employed:

  • Getting it out there — honing your identity; optimising internet and social media; exploiting free marketing opportunities
  • Mastermind — managing your business; controlling correspondence; optimising your billable hours; making bookkeeping your ally
  • The money trail — budgeting for cash flow; establishing invoicing and bill-paying systems; sorting tax and GST
  • Irons in the fire — brainstorming networks for generating work; managing conflicting deadlines
  • Knowhow — keeping your knowledge and skills current.

This workshop will give you a head start if you are considering going freelance, or a jump-start if you are already a freelancer.

About the trainer

Jackey Coyle created Wordy-Gurdy Publishing in 2006. She has 15 years' experience publishing, writing and editing across new and traditional media. An inveterate entrepreneur, she founded Melbourne's earliest cool gift shops, and managed bands and an award-winning Aboriginal art centre. She coedited the Society of Editors' newsletter from 2009 to 2010. A qualified trainer, she holds an MA in Writing & Literature and teaches writing at Deakin University.

When: Saturday, 25 February, 10:30 am to 4:30 pm
Where: CAE, 253 Flinders Lane, Melbourne
Cost: Members (Soc Eds, APA, ASTC, ANZSI, WV) $180, non-members $240. Tea, coffee and mini muffins are provided.


Bookings for this course are now closed.

Future Training Courses

Here are just some of the courses we have planned for next year. Keep an eye on this page for all the details and more courses!

March 2012

24 March - Advanced Microsoft Word 2010 for Editors (PCs), with Emma Koch

31 March - InDesign for Beginners (Macs), with Noè Harsel

April 2012

Saturday, 28 April, Advanced Microsoft Word 2010 for Editors (Macs), with Emma Koch

May 2012

19 May - InDesign for Intermediate Users (PCs), with Noè Harsel

26 May - InDesign for Intermediate Users (Macs), with Noè Harsel

June 2012

23 June -Introduction to Copyediting, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., with Susan Keogh

30 June - Introduction to Structural Editing, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., with Susan Keogh

September 2012

8 September -Science Editing: The Big Picture, with Sally Woollett

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