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09 March 2021

Our training courses

Publishing Scotland runs about 20 publishing and business courses every year. We also organise bespoke in-house courses. We add to our programme throughout the year. If you have any suggestions for training courses, talks etc, please email joan.lyle@publishingscotland.org.

Our courses will take place online for the foreseeable future. We also have a programme of free webinars from Harper Macleod and courses from BookMachine and BIC who offer discount rates to our members.

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  • 22 February 2021
    Course, Marketing, Presentation

    Publishing Scotland has commissioned a series of four publishing sales and marketing courses from BookMachine for Publishing Scotland members. Each course is a total of 3 hours and members can attend a single course for £30+VAT (£36 total) or all four for £100+VAT (£120 total). All places for the full series have now been sold.

  • 22 February 2021
    Course, Marketing, Presentation

    In this BookMachine course for Publishing Scotland members, you will learn how to keep your remote attendees engaged from start to finish, including how to brief your authors ahead of the events. As well as looking at the event experiences the course will explore the different software available, and how to deal with potential technical issues. The course takes place from 1pm to 2pm on Mondays 22 February, 1 and 8 March and costs only £30+VAT.

  • 15 March 2021
    Course, Workshop, Marketing

    This is a new course, aimed at freelance editors and proofreaders who want to develop their marketing skills to promote their business. It will be delivered online (Zoom) over four hours - two sessions of two hours on Monday 15 and Thursday 18 March 2021.

  • 19 April 2021
    Course, Marketing, Social Media

    Social media algorithms change weekly, and it can be difficult to know where to spend your time. In these two sessions, Abby Coften will explore the main channels (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter) and ensure that you are up-to-date with the most recent changes to help inform your 2021 marketing strategies. All of the examples will be publishing related, making this the most up-to-date industry course of its kind. The course takes place from 1pm to 2.30pm on Mondays 19 and 26 April 2021.

  • 26 April 2021
    Course, Workshop, Editorial, Digital

    This is a new course, aimed at proofreaders who want to fully understand the tools available to them in Adobe Acrobat DC (free version). It will be delivered online (Zoom) over four hours - two sessions of two hours on Monday 26 and Thursday 29 April 2021. PLEASE NOTE: this course does not teach proofreading skills. Please see Introduction to Proofreading if that is what you require.

  • 10 May 2021
    Course, Marketing

    Email marketing is still an effective way to reach and convert your buyers. In fact, 78% of marketers have seen an increase in email engagement over the last 12 months according to a recent HubSpot survey. This course covers how to improve your current email marketing strategies and content, with examples for inspiration. The trainer is Shelly Philips and the course takes place from 1pm to 2pm on Mondays 10, 17 and 24 May.

  • 10 May 2021
    Course, Editorial

    This is a new course, aimed at people who don’t work in a publishing house but who work, or want to work, with documents that will be published in some form – for example newsletters, brochures, handbooks or websites. Two Zoom sessions of two hours (one per day) on Monday 10 and Thursday 13 May 2021. This course is now FULL. Contact us to join the waiting list.

  • 13 May 2021
    Course, Marketing, Digital

    This course by BookMachine for Publishing Scotland members has been designed for non-technical publishing professionals with responsibility for their company website. It explores how to make the most of your online space, to maximise book sales and help your readers to decide which of your books to buy. The trainer is Finn Kirkland and the course takes place from 1pm to 2.30pm on Thursdays 13 and 20 May 2021.

  • 17 May 2021
    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. This course will be delivered online (Zoom) in four 90-minute sessions (one per day) on Monday 17, Thursday 20, Monday 24 and Thursday 27 May 2021.

  • 1 June 2021
    Course, Workshop, Editorial

    No previous knowledge is required for this introduction to proofreading course. The emphasis is on practical exercises using a variety of accessible texts. This course will be delivered online (Zoom) in four 90-minute sessions (one per day) on Tuesday 1, Thursday 3, Monday 7 and Thursday 10 June 2021.

  • 14 June 2021
    Course, Editorial

    This 4-hour course (two Zoom sessions on Monday 14 and Thursday 17 June 2021) picks up where 'Introduction to Copy-editing' left off. It assumes that delegates have attended this course or are familiar with the methods and techniques it contains. It is eligible for 2 CIEP upgrade training points.

  • 21 June 2021
    Course, Editorial

    This 4-hour course (two Zoom sessions on Monday 21 and Thursday 24 June 2021) picks up where 'Introduction to Proofreading' left off. It assumes that delegates have attended that course or are familiar with the methods and techniques it contains. It is eligible for 2 CIEP upgrade training points.

  • 6 September 2021
    Editorial, Course

    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. This course will be delivered online (Zoom) in four 90-minute sessions (one per day) on Monday 6, Thursday 9, Monday 13 and Thursday 16 September 2021.

  • 20 September 2021
    Editorial, Course

    No previous knowledge is required for this introduction to proofreading course. The emphasis is on practical exercises using a variety of accessible texts. This course will be delivered online (Zoom) in four 90-minute sessions (one per day) on Monday 20, Thursday 23, Monday 27 and Thursday 30 September 2021.

  • 4 October 2021
    Course, Editorial

    This is a new course, aimed at people who work, or want to work, with academic texts. Two Zoom sessions of two hours (one per day) on Monday 4 and Thursday 7 October 2021.