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24 February 2019

Our training courses

Publishing Scotland runs about 20 publishing and business courses every year. We generally run several proofreading and writing digital content courses, as well as marketing and business courses. We also organise bespoke in-house courses. We add to our programme throughout the year. If you are looking for a course on a particular subject, have a look at our new courses and suggestions page.

The following courses are open for online booking:

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  • Course, Workshop

    A one-day course offering attendees a thorough understanding of colour management theory and how it can be put into practice. This course ran in 2018. If there is enough interest we will run it again in 2019 so if you are interested let us know.

  • Course, Digital, Workshop

    Do you want to be an ebook expert? Do you want to thoroughly understand the market? Plus have the practical skills to code your own books? We ran this course in 2018 and will run it again in 2019 if enough interest. Get in touch if you are interested.

  • 12 February 2019
    Course, Business

    This free event is for Publishing Scotland members. It is now full. Speakers include: Sophie O' Neill, Managing Director, Inpress Books; Angie Crawford, Head of Scottish Buying, Waterstones; and Donald Greig, Publishing Services/Publishing Consultant.

  • 27 February 2019
    Course, Business

    Publishers' Licensing Services announces new Introduction to Collective Licensing seminar in Edinburgh. Are you keen to learn more about collective licensing? Are you new to the licensing aspects of publishing or would like a refresher? PLS is offering a free two-hour seminar at Publishing Scotland’s office in Edinburgh on 27 February, the morning after the Scottish Book Trade Conference 2019.

  • 5 March 2019
    Course, Workshop, Editorial

    No previous knowledge is required for this one-day introduction to proofreading. The emphasis is on practical exercises using a variety of accessible texts. The materials will be provided both on paper and digitally: students are welcome to bring their own laptops if they wish to do the exercises on screen.

  • 6 March 2019
    Course, Editorial

    This course is suitable for people in the publishing industry, those who want to work in editing on a freelance basis, and anyone else who has responsibility for the presentation of written material. Some proofreading experience is desirable. Early booking rates still available.

  • 19 March 2019
    Course, Workshop, Digital, Marketing

    Writing Digital Content updates and replaces one of our most popular courses of the past few years (Writing for the Web). Writing digital content continues to be a core skill in the rapidly changing area of digital marketing. This course will ensure that your web content is written in a style that works online and a tone that is just right for your readers.

  • 28 March 2019
    Course, Business

    Harper Macleod's second session in the series focuses on Exits/Succession Planning. Jo Nisbet and Scott Kerr, both Partners, Corporate, will talk about employee buy outs, preparing for succession and maximising value.

  • 25 April 2019
    Course, Business

    The third of Harper Macleod's sessions looks at copyright and image licensing. Jamie Watt, Partner, Intellectual Property, and Jennifer Murphy, Senior Solicitor, Intellectual Property, will give an introduction to copyright law, locating rights holders, orphan works, territorial and scope bases issues and the internet.

  • 14 May 2019
    Course, Workshop

    Adobe InDesign, the industry standard software used by publishers to create books and magazines, is also excellent for creating professional and well-designed adverts, marketing material, brochures and simple web graphics. This one-day hands-on practical course leads attendees through practical exercises to design, create and edit flyers, leaflets, posters and other sales and marketing materials. No prior experience of InDesign is assumed.

  • 15 May 2019
    Course, Workshop

    Adobe InDesign is the industry standard software used by publishers to create books, magazines and most printed publications. This course is intended for InDesign users who want to be sure they are taking advantage of the latest and best features and working in the most efficient and smart way.

  • 16 May 2019
    Course, Workshop

    Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Illustrator are well known as the industry standard software used by publishers to create, adjust and manipulate graphics for books and magazines. This course is intended for new or light users of Photoshop and Illustrator who want to gain speed and confidence and be sure they are working in the most efficient way.

  • 30 May 2019
    Course, Business

    In the fourth of Harper Macleod's sessions, Corporate Partner Scott Kerr talks about at what to do when facing financial issues.

  • 5 June 2019
    Course, Workshop, Digital, Marketing

    Writing Digital Content updates and replaces one of our most popular courses of the past few years (Writing for the Web). Writing digital content continues to be a core skill in the rapidly changing area of digital marketing. This course will ensure that your web content is written in a style that works online and a tone that is just right for your readers.

  • 12 June 2019
    Course, Workshop, Editorial

    No previous knowledge is required for this one-day introduction to proofreading. The emphasis is on practical exercises using a variety of accessible texts. The materials will be provided both on paper and digitally: students are welcome to bring their own laptops if they wish to do the exercises on screen.