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Training related to publishing in South Africa - University degrees and short courses

 Last Updated - Nov 2017

 

Book Publishing in South Africa is a very small industry. Educating yourself on the processes involved in created and publishing a good book can sometimes seem daunting. For those who might be interested in pursuing a role in publishing, here are some places where you can get smarter, for a fee.

This information is not mine and has been lovingly compiled by the talented lecturer heading up the publishing studies qualification at Wits – Colleen Dawson. (We love you Colleen – Thanks for sharing!)

(At the end of the post I will share some of the online platforms I have used to hone my publishing skills.)

 

 


 

 

1: University of the North West

School of Languages, Vaal Triangle Campus

 

Who

Melanie Law, Programme Leader: Language Practice

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 016-910-3508

www.nwu.ac.za

What

We offer several Honours modules as part of our Honours curriculum in language practice. The modules can be taken individually for non-degree purposes.

Course

Level (NQF)

Admission requirement

Applications in Language Practice: translation

8

Preferably one language to third year level and possible entrance exam

Applications in Language Practice: text editing

8

Preferably one language to third year level and possible entrance exam

Journalism and publishing studies

8

Preferably one language to third year level and possible entrance exam

Media translation

8

Preferably one language to third year level and possible entrance exam

 

 

2: University of Pretoria

Department of Information Science, School of Information Technology, Faculty of Engineering, the Building Environment and Information Technology

 

Who

Dr Beth le Roux, Publishing Studies coordinator

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 012-420-2426

www.up.ac.za

 

What  

Degree courses

  1. Three-year Bachelor of Information Science (BIS) and
  2. BIS Honours specialising in Publishing.
  3. There is also a research-based MIS degree and PhD degree specialising in Publishing.

Admission requirements: Matric with university exemption for the BIS degree; BIS degree for the Honours.

Course are done mostly as a full degree. We do allow external students to 'catch up' with the Publishing subjects in order to qualify to do the Honours, and we do sometimes allow people with a degree in another field to do the Honours if they have worked in the publishing industry. The individual Honours modules can be done for non-degree purposes. 

Short course - Editing: Principles and Practice 

Who

Department of English

Mrs I Noomé, Course coordinator, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.,  012-420-3379, 012-420-2421

www.up.ac.za 

What 

Course is on detailed English language editing, including electronic editing.  The editing course is largely practical in nature. 

Admission requires a Bachelor’s degree and is strictly at the discretion of the course co-ordinator. Only a limited number of students can be accepted per year. The course normally runs from the end of January to the end of June.

 

3: University of Stellenbosch

Department of Afrikaans and Dutch

 

Who

Dr Amanda Lourens, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.,  021-808-2160

www.sun.ac.za/Home

What

Short courses listed below are 12-week courses.

 

Course

Level (NQF)

Language

Admission requirement

Translation Methodology

8

English, but Afrikaans is accommodated

Any B degree

Translation Practice (Afr-Eng, Eng-Afr, Eng-Xhosa)

8

Course is presented in the target language (i.e. Translation Practice Afr-Eng is presented in English)

Any B degree

Literary translation (Afr-Eng and Eng-Afr as one course)

8

English and Afrikaans

Any B degree

Editing Methodology

8

English, but Afrikaans is accommodated

Any B degree

Editing practice (Afrikaans, English, Xhosa)

8

Course is presented in the target language (i.e. Editing Practice Xhosa is presented in Xhosa)

Any B degree

All these courses can be done as standalone courses, but please note that the methodology courses (Editing Methodology and Translation Methodology) have to be passed before students may register for the practical courses.

 


 

4: University of Witwatersrand

School of Literature, Language and Media, Faculty of Humanities

 

Who

Colleen Dawson, Publishing Studies coordinator,

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 011-717-4140, 083-308-2335

www.wits.ac.za

What 

Degree courses

 

BA Honours in Publishing Studies requires an undergraduate degree for entrance.

MA Publishing Studies by coursework. Entrance with an Honours degree, either in Publishing Studies or another subject.

MA by research or PhD on discussion with course coordinator.

Honours modules may be done as short/occasional courses for non-degree purposes or for RPL to gain admission to Honours degree course without an undergraduate degree. Entrance test may be required.

Short/occasional courses, School of Literature, Language and Media

These modules are available in the same class and with the same assessment as the Honours modules. All modules are 12 weeks.

 

Course

Level (NQF)

Publishing Environment

8

Proofreading and copyediting in English

8

Sales and Marketing for Publishing

8

Commissioning and Finance for Publishing

8

Management and Finance for Publishing

8

 

Short courses, Wits Language School

 

Who

www.witslanguageschool.com, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 011 717 4208

What

Wits Language School runs a variety of language based courses including editing, language enhancement, translation and transcription. Some of the most relevant courses are listed in the table below.

Admission is generally with a Matric certificate and admission test. There may be further requirements for individual courses.

 

Course

Level (NQF)

Editing for Professionals

7

Transcription Skills

5

Language Refinement for Language Practitioners

5

Professional Language Enhancement, Transcription and Report Writing

8

 


Private training institutions and organisations


 

 

1: Association of Southern African Indexers and Bibliographers

 

Who

www.asaib.org.za 

Marlene Burger, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 012-660-0911,

What

Courses from half day to four days on basics of indexing, indexing books, periodicals, reports, indexing of bibliographies, footnotes and EPUB indexing. Offered in Johannesburg and other centres.

 

2: Kate McCallum 

Who

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 021-461-5392 

What

One and two day courses on aspects of publishing such as Commissioning, Copyright and Contracts, Finance for Non-financial Managers, other aspects of publishing management. Offered in Cape Town and Johannesburg.

 

3: McGillivray Linnegar Associates

Who

www.editandtrain.com 

John Linnegar, , This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 021-552-5240

What

Two and three-day courses in Proofreading, Copyediting, Project Management. Offered in Cape Town and Gauteng.

 

4: Professional Editors Group

Who

editors.org.za 

Isabelle Delvare, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

What

Half day or day long courses on various aspects of editing in English, Afrikaans and Xhosa, and on editing theses and dissertations. Offered in Johannesburg and Cape Town. Mentoring of new editors.

 

5: South African Translators' Institute

translators.org.za 

There is a formal certification issued by the South African Translators' Institute, called Accreditation. It has been in operation for many years. Accreditation is only issued to candidates who pass a stiff editing certification examination. Accreditation standards are extremely high. A less expensive "trial" option is also available, with some guidance on where improvement is necessary.

 

6: Clarity Editorial

Who

clarityeditorial.net 

Jennifer Stastny, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , 021 702 1177, 082 550 5600 (Writer, editor, trainer and project manager) 

What

Clarity Editorial offers training in writing and editing training for corporates nationwide and small groups (Cape Town only). Courses usually run over two days and are very practical in nature.
Interested people can email me on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.

 


 

Online Alternatives

Here are two of the online platforms I used to skill on the self-publishing industry – I can highly recommend both. Oh, did I mention that they are both free?

  1. http://digitalpublishing101.com/

  2. azofselfpublishing.teachable.com/p/self-publishing-mastery

 


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