What do we provide?
We provide training in publishing skills and have done for more
than 25 years. As publishing encompasses a wide variety of tasks,
it requires a breadth of creative, business and technical
Go to our Training course list for more details
of current courses and to book online. Get in touch with our Training and
Information Manager if you have any suggestions for
Why do we do it?
There is a need for publishing training in Scotland. Our
training programme was set up to overcome the distance, cost and
time issues involved in accessing training based in London. With
online delivery making training more widely accessible, we have an
important role in providing training that is more tailored to
Scottish publishing and of course, face-to-face when that is
Who is it for?
Publishing in its broadest sense is defined as 'making public'
and the explosion of social media (from websites to Twitter), means
more content is being published than ever before. Many of our
courses (like proofreading, writing digital content and business
writing skills) are just as valuable to people who work outside the
traditional book publishing industry.
How do we do it?
We constantly monitor developments and consult extensively (with
members and others) to commission the right publishing training for
people in Scotland.
Who are the trainers?
We work with a variety of tutors to suit the situation. Most are
acknowledged experts and good links with specialist publishing
training providers assist us in bringing world-class training to
Scotland. Some tutors are Publishing Scotland members who
generously share their hard-earned knowledge and expertise with
their peers, often creating supportive networks in the process.
How is the training delivered?
Due to the Covid-19 pandemic restrictions, our training is
currently being delivered online. Prior to that our most popular
training format was the face-to-face one-day course. Both formats
are generally tutor-led with discussions and exercises (eg
proofreading and writing digital content), or practical workshops
(eg using InDesign and practising presentation skills). Most
courses have accompanying materials to take away for reference and
some have the option for follow-up practice.
Face-to-face training mainly takes place in central Edinburgh at
Scott House where Publishing Scotland is based. The feedback on the
training rooms and facilities is excellent.
In-house training is also available for all of our courses. Recent
courses run in-house include Writing Digital Content and
Proofreading. Bespoke courses can also be provided.
How much does it cost?
Our fees are great value and compare well with other reputable
providers. See individual courses for the course fees.
For groups, in-house training can be more cost-effective as well
as allowing for tailoring to your organisation's particular needs.
For more information contact, Joan Lyle, our
Training and Information Manager.
Other training providers and skills organisation
We have good links with other publishing training providers and
are always happy to work with them to bring training to Scotland.
See our page featuring other publishing training providers.
We also have a list of online training providers and sources of training