Pamela Hewitt, teacher
A qualified teacher, I’ve presented face-to-face editing programs for universities, colleges, writers’ centres and societies of editors around Australia and internationally. I have also developed online courses in professional editing.
My online course on digital writing and editing is available through Writing NSW
Writing and Editing Digital Texts
with Pamela Hewitt
Today, writers need to understand the digital world and decide how they want to participate in it.
You don’t need to be a techie to publish and publicise your text on a variety of digital platforms. Learn from accredited editor Pamela Hewitt, who has worked in editing and publishing for over 25 years.
Working through the practical, hands-on exercises in this course, you will:
- understand current digital technology
- learn strategies for presenting your blog or podcast or story on a range of screens
- explore the digital possibilities for texts you’ve already written, in any subject area and genre
- gain insights into the pros and cons of self-publishing
This is an on-demand course, which means it’s available any time, whenever you’re ready.
You can enrol at Writing NSW
Memoir – the varnished truth
My workshop on memoir will be presented at Editing on the Edges, the national conference of the Institute of Professional Editors on 28 June 2021.
Memoir is non-fiction with a creative edge. It sits between fiction and non-fiction. These narratives are fertile ground for editors interested in the ambiguous territory between imagination and reality.
This workshop explores the recent the interest in life stories, the makings of a successful memoir … and the pitfalls. The techniques editors employ to help writers craft their life stories are crucial. Every manuscript is different but the secret usually lies in finding a pleasing balance between intimacy and universality, and in the development of a sustained, authentic voice that readers wish to dwell in, one that mirrors their own lives or allows them to experience something utterly different.
See the program at Editing on the Edges
Editing for Writers
My online editing course, Editing for Writers, will be available from Writing NSW in the second half of 2021. Here’s a summary of the topics.
Proofreading and copyediting
Proofreading is much more than correcting spelling mistakes and the placement of commas. Good copyediting tightens language and increases your chances of finding a publisher and readers. This session introduces the fundamentals of these processes.
When you restructure a piece of writing, the whole text is up for grabs. Structural editing is a creative means of reimagining the shape, balance and flow of a text. In this session, we also consider sensitivity editing for diverse readers.
Plain and simple
Like food, language appeals most when it’s fresh and varied. Whatever the writing technique, there is a relationship between clear writing and clear thinking. We also look at brilliant exceptions to the precepts of plain English approaches.
Brave new world of digital media
The screen is different from the page and so editing techniques need to be targeted to both format and device. We look at ground-breaking developments in writing for digital media and the skills writers need to keep up with digital publishing developments.
Grammar and punctuation for writers
This session takes the anxiety out of grammar and punctuation and provides the tools and confidence to avoid common mistakes. We also consider ways grammar is evolving and analyse contemporary trends in punctuation and presentation of manuscripts.
Edit your story
The final week ties together all that we’ve learnt using excerpts from specific genres. Participants will also receive tailored feedback on editing solutions. They can choose an excerpt of their own writing or a sample text to identify problems and find ways to improve the draft.
Other plans for 2021 include a workshop for Editors NSW and a presentation on editing fiction and narrative non-fiction. Stay tuned!