Past Events

Wed 3 February 2016 at 10.00 am

Rewriting and Substantive Editing

Andrew Steeds

Taking Place: The King’s Centre, Osney, Oxford

Increasingly, texts pose greater challenges than editors would expect to find in their standard copy-editing activity. How do you make a case for more-substantive editing than had been envisaged for a text? How do you set about reworking a text that doesn’t work in its submitted form? And how do you do so while keeping the person or people responsible for writing it on board? These, and other, questions are explored in Rewriting and Substantive Editing, a training course that presents ideas and strategies for making the process of rewriting less daunting than it can at times appear to be.

Course outline:

  • Identifying problems and considering solutions
  • When sentence construction breeds confusion
  • Adjusting the level of a piece of rewriting
  • Clarifying the message of a text
  • Maintaining the author's voice
  • The pros and cons of bullet points
  • Approaches to cutting text
  • Editing text written in English as a second language
  • Considering jargon and specialist vocabulary

Date: Wednesday 3rd February 2016

Venue: The King's Centre, Osney Mead, Oxford

Tutor: Andrew Steeds has a background in writing and editorial consultancy. In addition to his work for the Migration Museum Project, he runs two companies – Simply Put Ltd and the Writing Clinic – that work with organisations to make public written communication clearer and more accountable. His work for both companies involves writing, project management, consultancy and training. He started off working as a teacher before going on to work in educational research and educational publishing. He was heavily involved in the publication of the then Department for Education and Skills’ adult core curriculum documents, including manuals on working with refugees and asylum seekers, and with EAL learners (learners with English as an additional language).    

Price: £150


Type of Event: Publishing | Oxford Publishing Group Training Courses

Thu 14 January 2016 at 10.00 am

eBook Design and Production

for Publishers, Editors, Typesetters and Freelance designers or anyone familiar with InDesign.

Chris Jennings

Taking Place: Oxford Brookes University, Publishing IT Suite


This short 1 day (10am to 4.30pm) course is intended for anyone who is familiar with book design for print but need to understand the implications when eBooks are required.

Location and Facilities

The course will take place in the Publishing IT suite in the Tonge Building at Oxford Brookes University (Gypsy Lane Campus). The room is equipped with 42 iMacs and lecturer projection. The MACs have all the latest software including Adobe Creative Cloud (InDesign, InCopy, Photoshop etc), HTML editors, scripts for ePubs and multimedia editing tools. Google drive is installed so that delegates can save work to be retrieved at a later stage.

Skills Level Expected

Experience of InDesign or other page layout software would be useful but not essential.

Course Objectives

After attending this short course, delegates will:

  • appreciate the workflow options including web first and XML
  • understand the choices available to publishers when publishing content to multiple platforms
  • become familiar with the available technologies to deliver eBooks
  • understand the different formats of eBooks and how to create them
  • be able to use page layout software with an awareness of output options

Price for the course: £160

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Type of Event: Publishing | Oxford Publishing Group Training Courses

Tue 24 November 2015 to Wed 25 November 2015

Publishing Strategy Toolkit

Kay Symons (formerly publishing director and MD of Heinemann Secondary and Vocational, now publishing consultant and trainer)

Taking Place: The Executive Suite, Oxford Brookes University

This two-day introduction to crucial competitive strategic thinking for print or digital publishers is for anyone charged with maximising the success of a list or market segment and competing effectively,

In two intensive days participants learn how to:

  • be clear about their overarching goals and those of the organisation they work in
  • analyse the opportunities and competitive environment in their market
  • identify the important strengths of their organisation
  • generate strategic options and choose the most successful
  • create financial plans which tell the strategic story
  • plan for an uncertain future
  • communicate plans concisely and effectively

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Type of Event: Publishing | Oxford Publishing Group Training Courses

Tue 3 November 2015 at 12.00 pm

Judge a book by its cover?

Kat Morrell and Sophie O’Rourke (Creative Services Manager and Business Development Manager of emc design)

Taking Place: Willow Lecture Theatre, Oxford Brookes University

People say not to judge a book by its cover, but if you had the choice between two books with exactly the same story inside, both identically priced, the only difference being that just one has a beautifully designed cover - which would you stretch to pick up off the shelf first?

emc design is one of the UK’s leading design agencies for the publishing industry.   They specialise in beautiful design for ELT, education and trade publishers.  Today they will be telling us the story behind those lovely designs.

Type of Event: Publishing | Publishing Seminars

Tue 6 October 2015 at 3.30 pm

The last remaining chain of specialist bookshops?

James Daunt (Managing Director of Waterstones)

Taking Place: Willow 10, Oxford Brookes University

Waterstones are the last remaining chain of specialist bookshops on the high street.  With more ways to read than ever, as well as competition from things like computer games and the sheer mass of information in the digital space, James will tell us the how Waterstones has risen to the challenges of recent times

Type of Event: Publishing | Publishing Seminars

Mon 14 September 2015 at 9.00 am

Try Programming

Emma Barnes, CEO Bibliocloud

Taking Place: The Tonge Publishing IT Suite, Oxford Brookes University

Frustrated by watching other people become more technically literate than you? Ever wanted to try your hand at real programming? This course is designed to show you that modern programming doesn’t have to be a frightening leap into the dark. It teaches you how to develop and deploy a real web application with Ruby on Rails, the open-source web framework that powers top websites such as Twitter, Hulu, and Yellow Pages. 

Taught by the team who developed the Futurebook award-winning, this hands-on course will give you the opportunity to create your own web application for storing and displaying book metadata. You'll be guided step-by-step, learning important concepts and techniques through demonstration and practice.  We will assume that you have no prior experience of programming, although you should be familiar with what HTML is and unfazed by using a computer. By the end of the course you will know how to structure and write your own Ruby on Rails app, and how to publish it to the web.

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Type of Event: Oxford Publishing Group Training Courses

Mon 6 July 2015 to Fri 17 July 2015

International Publishing Summer School 2015

'Everything was perfect!  Please continue this summer school again and again!'.
Thankrit Khongjan, Thailand - a delegate on the 2014 Summer School

Taking Place: Oxford Brookes University

The two-week, residential International Publishing Summer School will take place from 6th-17th July 2015 at Oxford Brookes University.

Who Is It for?

The programme is designed for those with experience in the industry from trade, academic, educational and professional backgrounds. You are likely to be a go-ahead entrepreneur within a small or large publishing company, eager to find out about the latest developments and thinking across the industry and keen to develop your strategic and decision-making skills.

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Type of Event: Publishing | Publishing Consultancy and Training

Thu 2 July 2015 at 5.30 pm

OPuS event - Mark Haddon

Come to hear Mark Haddon talking about his work

The 2015 OPuS author event


Mark Haddon, celebrated author, illustrator and screenwriter, winner of numerous prizes (including two BAFTAs) will talk about his experience of writing, being edited, and working with publishers (and agents). He will give insights into how he creates words and pictures, how he deals with success (and failure), and how difficult the process of writing actually is, whether for adults or children. 

Mark will happily discuss his work, take questions, and after the event sign copies of his books. He will also let us know why part of him would quite like never to have to talk about The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time ever again ...

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Type of Event: Publishing | External Publishing Event

Fri 19 June 2015 at 6.30 pm

The Author/Editor Relationship

A view from behind the scenes

Esther Menell, former editor at André Deutsch Ltd, who  worked with authors including Jean Rhys, V. S. Naipaul, and Norman Mailer, celebrates thirty years in publishing with the launch of her memoir, Loose Connections: From Narva Maantee to Great Russell Street.

Esther will be in discussion with Sally Bayley from the Rothermere Institute as chair, and former André Deutsch authors Clare Chambers and Jon Elkon.

This event is in association with the Oxford International Centre for Publishing Studies and the Society of Young Publishers, and is sponsored by Felicity Bryan Associates, Ingram Lightning Source, Book Machine and Atwood Tate.

Entry £5 (£3 students); refreshment available.

Type of Event: Publishing | External Publishing Event

Wed 25 March 2015 at 12.00 pm

Experiences of building an App

Charlotte Beauchamp (International Labour Organization)

Taking Place: Oxford Brookes University, Willow 1

Type of Event: Publishing | Lunchtime Digital Seminars

Thu 19 March 2015 at 10.00 am

Finance Refresher

Building on What You Know (and What You Don’t!)

Philip Shaw and Helena Markou

Taking Place: The King’s Centre, Osney, Oxford

Many people working in publishing have budget responsibilities, whether in editorial, marketing, or production departments. But most publishers have little or no financial training and simply learn what they need to know on the job. The result is that they might have a good understanding of their own projects, but have no real idea of how this fits into the bigger picture of their company’s finances.

The Finance Refresher course is for anyone with financial responsibility who wants to feel more confident about the financial work they do and who wants a better understanding of balance sheets, P&Ls, and the financial implications of their work. It will cover all the principal financial aspects of publishing, including the finance of digital projects, and will answer all those questions publishers don’t want to reveal that they don’t fully understand!

Delegates will gain an understanding of four key areas: business models and the financial principles used in developing a publishing programme; the financial tools commonly used in the management of a publishing business; the interpretation of financial statements; and the valuation of publishing assets.

  • Philip Shaw is from Bertoli Mitchell LLP and is also Associate Lecturer, Oxford International Centre for Publishing Studies
  • Helena Markou is Senior Lecturer, Oxford International Centre for Publishing Studies

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Type of Event: Publishing | Oxford Publishing Group Training Courses

Wed 18 March 2015 at 12.00 pm

Providing interface design, programming and animation services to the publishing industry

Tom Scholes (MD Grove Street Media)

Taking Place: Oxford Brookes University, Willow 1

Type of Event: Publishing | Lunchtime Digital Seminars

Tue 17 March 2015 at 10.00 am

Copyright Masterclass

Please note the new date.

Simon Littlewood, Joss Saunders, Beverley Tarquini

Taking Place: Four Pillars Hotel, Oxford

Copyright, the bedrock of the publishing industry and of authors’ livelihoods, has never been more under threat in the modern era, and questions are being asked in a range of jurisdictions about whether current frameworks are fit for purpose. Change is already under way, and further change is inevitable. The issues surrounding copyright have never been more complicated and keeping abreast of the latest developments is a challenge for everyone in publishing.  At a moment when the new European Commission has ordered a comprehensive review of copyright, this new course addresses that challenge not only from a legal and editorial but also from a commercial point of view, reminding us that copyright and its future are the concern of everyone in the industry.

To reflect this range of perspectives, it will be taught by Joss Saunders, a pre-eminent copyright lawyer, Simon Littlewood, a leading industry practitioner, and Beverley Tarquini, Senior Lecturer at OICPS.

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Type of Event: Oxford Publishing Group Training Courses

Wed 11 March 2015 at 6.00 pm

Public Lecture by Leander Reeves

Our long love affair with magazines: portraying confidence from the 18th century to the present day

Public lecture by Leander Reeves, Senior Lecturer in Publishing

Taking Place: JHB Lecture Theatre, John Henry Brookes Building, Headington Campus

Magazines act as the ultimate social barometer, cataloguing our insecurities, dreams and manners. Confidence comes in many guises - beauty, power, sex, body, social standing - which depend as much on social hierarchy as the time period it lives in. Intertwined with fashion, it is as much of a social barometer of society as the magazines in which it is illustrated.

Faith, hope, gender and societal pressures help shape our relationship with confidence - a relationship often mediated by magazines for commercial and editorial gain. But where does confidence come from? And who grants it?

This lecture aims to unravel some of these relationships, hierarchies and codes.

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Type of Event: Publishing

Wed 11 March 2015 at 12.00 pm

The importance of metadata in the supply chain

Graham Bell (EDItEUR)

Taking Place: Oxford Brookes University, Willow 1

Type of Event: Publishing | Lunchtime Digital Seminars

Wed 25 February 2015 at 12.00 pm

Why a small digital publishing company can be beautiful

Charley Darbyshire (CEO, Educake)

Taking Place: Oxford Brookes University, Willow 1

Type of Event: Publishing | Lunchtime Digital Seminars

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