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Structural, stylistic and copy editing distinguished

Focus: Introducing the concepts of structural, stylistic and copy editing as distinguished by Editors Canada (EC) and familiarising participants with them by their completing selected parts of the EC certification tests. Also, clarifying the difference between light, medium and heavy editing.

Date: Wednesday, 17 August 2022

Test exercises to be emailed to registrants beforehand.

Time: 18:30 to 21:30

Place: Online (Zoom meeting)

Facilitator: John Linnegar

CPD hours: Attendees at this event will earn three hours of core CPD; those who receive the recording only will qualify for 30 minutes of discretionary CPD time.

About our facilitator

During his 40+ years as an editor, John Linnegar has sat two accreditation tests, including that of the Australian equivalent of PEG, IPEd, and SATI’s English editing test. He did so primarily to gain first-hand experience of them so as to form a view on their content, format and logistical aspects with a view to contributing to PEG’s accreditation test. It is a sample of the Editors Canada accreditation test that he will be sharing with members and giving them an opportunity to work through in part, in preparation for sitting the Guild’s own accreditation test.

Webinar format and what to bring

Those who register for this webinar will immediately be sent a pre-webinar assignment to complete well in advance of 17 August: sections of sample Editors Canada test papers – covering stylistic editing, structural editing and copy editing – as an attachment to their confirmation of registration email.

This exercise is intended to help registrants familiarise themselves with the differences between the three types of editing and also to illustrate the differences between light, medium and heavy editing.

During the webinar itself, we will work through the answers to the test sections sent out in advance (including those in the structural editing, stylistic editing and copy-editing test papers) and discuss any issues that arise from the questions and answers. This will take up the lion’s share of the workshop. Finally, participants will be given an opportunity to discuss some of the logistical aspects of an accreditation test, especially those of the forthcoming PEG test in September. Questions can be posed to the facilitator throughout the webinar.

Everyone who registers for a webinar will receive an audio recording of the event and a PDF of the PowerPoint slides afterwards.


The cost of the online workshop is set out below:*

Affiliation Early-bird registration fee
(before or on 10 August)
Registration fee
(from 11 to 15 August)
PEG members R275 R350
LAMP members* R475 R550
Non-affiliated members R675 R750

*LAMP members: Association of Southern African Indexers and Bibliographers (ASAIB), ProJourn, Southern African Freelancers’ Association (SAFREA), South African Science Journalists’ Association (SASJA) and the South African Translators’ Institute (SATI).


Please register by completing the registration form and emailing it to the webinar administrator, Sharon Rose. Please DO NOT use the administrator address for this webinar.

Cancellation policy

If members are unable to attend this webinar after having registered and paid for it, a full refund is possible if cancellations are received by Sharon Rose by 12 noon on 15 August. Once the final number of attendees has been confirmed on the morning of the webinar, no refunds are possible.

In addition, should you be prevented from participating in full or in part on the day of the webinar owing to Eskom loadshedding, you will be entitled to take either the same webinar or another on the 2022 webinar programme. When this occurs, the onus will be on you to inform the webinar coordinator of your disqualification on this ground and to specify which alternative webinar you would like to transfer your registration to.

Remember, though, that as a would-be or part-participant on the day, you will in any event receive the audio recording of the entire event plus PDFs of the PPT slides.

Use the early-bird special: save money and secure your spot at this webinar by registering early!

17 August, 2022 @ 18:30 - 21:30 Africa/Johannesburg at Online (Zoom) by PEG Gauteng

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