Russell de la Porte

I am a writer, copy-editor, trainer, consultant, coach and author. My fields of interest are self-actualization and fulfillment.

THINKING OF WRITING A BOOK, BLOG, JOURNAL …

Until the end of February ’17, the The Writing Nonfiction Documents and Manuscripts Course is being discounted by R1 000, from R2 950 down to R1 950.*

 

(*Includes PDF/e-book version of the prescribed book, which sells for R130.)

 

Seize this opportunity to learn how to write the book, blog or other type of text you have been dreaming of writing. On this course, you start writing your manuscript, or if you have already started writing it, you will have the opportunity to develop it.

 

This course is offered through an online course platform, and is complemented by individual and group online feedback sessions. On-site feedback sessions are also available in Cape Town’s Southern Suburbs.

 

The Writing Nonfiction Documents and Manuscripts Course is presented by published author, copy-editor and self-publishing consultant Russell de la Porte.

 

Book online at www.writeart.com/shop or email info@writeart.com / call 082 300 0993 to book or for more information.

Electronic Copy-editing and Proofreading course: congratulations and welcome

Congratulations to Glynis for completing the Electronic Copy-editing and Proofreading course! I wish you everything of the best in your career with the new prospects that this training will open up for you.

 

Also, welcome to Sally and Francine, who have just enrolled for this course. I look forward to having you on the Electronic Copy-editing and Proofreading course.

Incorporating the copy-editing function in your company

All companies (and non-profit organizations) should ensure that the copy-editing function is a part of their structure and processes. This can be achieved by providing one or more people who work for the company with reputable training; alternatively, freelancers can be used on an ad hoc basis. The goal should be that all the company’s documentation and other written communications, including their marketing messages, are edited by an expert in the areas of language and style before they are distributed or published.

 

We all know that contrary to the idiom that we should not judge a book by its cover, most of us do so. In other words, image counts; first impressions count. The reason for this is that where audiences, or readers, notice errors, they will subconsciously associate these with the person or organization thought to be behind the document or publication (including websites). So, in the reader’s mind, the poor quality of the text signals that the company will deliver low-quality products or services.

 

To perform the copy-editing function, one needs training in copy-editing, for copy-editing involves more than just ensuring that documents and publications are error free. Proficiency in grammar and spelling are just two aspects of the copy-editing function. Other aspects involved are style (applicable to both language and design), including using style manuals, style guides and style sheets; work study, or the processes involved in copy-editing; marking up texts; communications, for example with other team members and participants (including graphic designers).

 

Becoming an effective copy-editor presupposes an understanding of what constitutes good writing. Economy, diction, composition, these are all aspects of good writing. To ensure that the documents and publications produced by a company meet these standards, they must be understood and embraced.

 

Beyond copy-editing documents and publications, training in copy-editing equips one to become part of, or to oversee a company’s document and publication management function or department. When the copy-editing function is incorporated in a company’s structure and processes, the effects are observable, and the impression given is one of brand consistency, which translates into reliability, and hence, trustworthiness.

 

If you are a one-person company, doing a copy-editing course may enable you to perform the copy-editing function in your company; alternatively, selecting a suitable employee to train as a copy-editor could be another way of incorporating the copy-editing function. Some larger companies – including publishing houses – employ one or more copy-editors full-time, with additional capacity met through a panel of freelance copy-editors.

 

The Electronic Copy-editing and Proofreading Course, offered by WriteArt, provides the knowledge and tools, described above, to enable the copy-editing function to become an integral part of your company’s makeup. It also enables freelancers to offer copy-editing, rewriting, document management, and other services to companies who wish to outsource their copy-editing and document management functions.

 

Training in copy-editing could also enable you to pursue careers in teaching English as a second language and writing. If you are a freelance translator, indexer or designer, training in copy-editing could add to your suite of services offered.

 

To register for the Electronic Copy-editing and Proofreading course, visit the WriteArt Shop web page.

Reduced fee for Electronic Copyediting and Proofreading course

To celebrate the launch of the Writing for Business and Career Purposes course, the Electronic Copyediting and Proofreading course also is being offered at less a third of the usual course fee, R2950.

 

Until the end of October 2016, anyone registering for the Electronic Copyediting and Proofreading course will receive a R975 discount on their course fee. Thus, until the end of October, the fee for this course is R1975.

 

Anyone who takes advantage of this offer will also receive a free electronic version of the book The Natural Creative Process in Writing: a Core Writing and Editing handbook for Everyone, valued at R139.95.

 

To take advantage of this special offer, visit the WriteArt Shop webpage.

Launch of Writing for Business and Career Purposes course

Today WriteArt launches the Writing for Business and Career Purposes course. For more information on this course, visit its web page and Facebook page. To see how this course could benefit you, visit the latest blog ‘Good writing increases opportunities‘.

 

To celebrate the launch of the Writing for Business and Career Purposes course, it is being offered at less a third of the usual course fee, R2950.

 

Until the end of October 2016, anyone registering for this course will receive a R975 discount on their course fee. Thus, until the end of October, the fee for this course is R1975.

 

Anyone who takes advantage of this offer will also receive a free electronic version of the book The Natural Creative Process in Writing: a Core Writing and Editing handbook for Everyone, valued at R139.95.

 

To take advantage of this special offer, visit the WriteArt Shop webpage.

Good writing increases opportunities

The ability to write well will empower you to succeed in all areas of your life.

 

It does this because our writing projects necessitate research. In turn, research entails reading, and reading often entails language-related research, including using one or more of dictionaries, thesauruses, and language reference works, such as grammar and style dictionaries and guides.

 

Our writing projects involve developing other skills too. One of these is planning our writing projects – or project management – even if we usually do this informally and unconsciously. Think, for example, of deciding how we will generate ideas, how we will research these, how we will store the information that we gather,  how we will develop our text from our research notes, how we will refine our writing, and finally the process that we will follow to edit our text.

 

Yet the list of skills we will acquire in the process of learning to write and practice writing does not end there. There are other skills too that are involved in learning to write. When we use language reference works, we develop knowledge of syntax and punctuation, and when we learn to structure our sentences and paragraphs, to choose our words, we are learning how to structure our thinking. We are learning how to reason and argue. This involves developing an understanding of logic and an ability to use logic to achieve the outcomes we desire.

 

Hence, writing underpins all areas of higher learning and functioning, enabling us to operate in increasingly complex arenas of endeavour. Furthermore, the skills we learn in the process of writing, especially writing for career and professional purposes, include an improved vocabulary and pronunciation, which we naturally apply to our verbal communications, as well as to our reading of increasingly complex documents.

 

These capacities are noticeable to both our colleagues and those in management roles, positioning us for promotion and advancement in life. Ultimately, this is reflected in our earnings and our lifestyle, indeed, in our wellbeing.

 

The writing and associated skills described above – and the benefits linked to them – can be yours when you take the Writing for Career and Business Purposes course, now offered online by WriteArt. To register for this course, please visit the WriteArt shop webpage, and take your next big step towards changing the course of your life and increasing your opportunities.

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The Natural Creative Process in Writing Facebook Shop

The ebook version of The Natural Creative Process in Writing: a Core Writing and Editing Handbook for Everyone is now available for purchase from its Facebook page – click on the Shop menu item.

 

This ebook is available in PDF format using Adobe Digitial Editions, which is free to download. With Adobe Digital Editions, you will be able to read your copy of The Natural Creative Process in Writing across multiple devices, all for only R139.95.

One week only: one-third discount on Electronic Copy-editing & Proofreading Course

Starting today, 31 August 2016, and for the next seven days, i.e. until 6 September, the Electronic Copy-editing and Proofreading Course will be offered at less a third of the usual fee.

 

The fee for this course is R2950, but for the next seven days, anyone registering will receive a R975 discount on their course fee. Thus the fee for the next seven days for this course is R1975.

 

Don’t delay, start your career as a copy-editor and proofreader today. To take advantage of this offer, visit the WriteArt Shop webpage for this course.

Publication Design and Typesetting

Writeart now offers a publication design and typesetting service for self-publishers and other publishers. This service complements the WriteArt copy-editing and proofreading service, enabling writers and publishers to have their work copy-edited, proofread, designed and typeset all in one place.

 

In addition to the publication design and typesetting service offered, WriteArt also produces book covers, using professional cover illustrators, photographers and designers.

Electronic Copy-editing & Proofreading course

I have just completed the WriteArt copy-editing and proofreading online course. I found setting up the course and access to the necessary information easy and the instructions clear. The content of the course was comprehensive, helpful and informative. The prescribed text book 'The Natural Creative Process in Writing' was not only useful for the course but also for my own writing. Russell was friendly, helpful and instructive in the feedback sessions. I would definitely recommend this course for someone interested in going into copy-editing.

Dr Glynis Parker
Course Graduate – 20 December 2016

Electronic Copy-editing & Proofreading Course

I found this course very helpful, particular in terms of thinking about the process of writing and copy-editing. It’s made me more aware of how I proofread texts and what kind of steps I take to ensure my job is done properly. It’s also prompted me to think about the writing process differently, something that has made writing feel more approachable for me. Russell was incredibly helpful and understanding which made the process easier and far less stressful than it could have been.

Justine Kerford
Course Graduate – 3 May 2017

Electronic Copy-editing course & Proofreading course

This is a very serious course that made me realize the importance of having to develop a good command of grammar. The course is very comprehensive, and it requires grit, perseverance and commitment of time and resources on the part of the student. What I also liked about taking this course was the fact that the tutor was always available to offer assistance and encouragement, and he responded to queries promptly.

Francine
Course Graduate – 7 December 2017
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