From Word to InDesign

with Lan Wang

Date: 26 November 2016
Time: 10am - 1:30pm
Venue: CAE, 253 Flinders Lane, Melbourne
Cost for members: $110 (Editors Victoria, societies of editors, Writers Victoria, ASTC, ANZSI)
Cost for non-members$165
RefreshmentsTea, coffee and biscuits
Bookings close:  12 noon sharp, Monday 21 November

Do you ever wonder what happens to your Word document after it leaves your editorial hands and goes on to be typeset? Do you tear your hair out when the typesetter sends back a proof that has lost all your italic characters? Do you find that the data in your carefully prepared tables have all been set incorrectly? Do you wonder if it’s necessary to create a table of contents in the edited Word document?

This workshop provides an overview of the publication workflow from Microsoft Word to the industry-standard typesetting program Adobe InDesign. It will look at how you can efficiently set up your Word document so that you get back what you expect from the typesetters, and avoid common problems.

Topics covered

In this workshop, you will learn:

  • what questions to ask before you start working on a manuscript
  • how electronic styles in Word translate to InDesign
  • how to prepare figures, tables and other special material for typesetting
  • what does and doesn’t translate across to InDesign
  • what the common problems are and how to avoid them in the first place
  • where to go to learn more.

The session is suitable for editors who are just starting out in publishing or who simply wish to learn more about how Word documents are typeset in InDesign.

Note: This session focuses on the Mac versions of Microsoft Word and Adobe InDesign. InDesign is effectively identical in Mac and Windows, but Word is less so. While Windows users will therefore find most of the workshop content useful, the presenter may not always be able to provide participants with specific Windows advice.

Delivery method

The workshop will use a mixture of presentation, question and answer, and discussion of issues. Participants are encouraged to take an active part in the session.

Required prior learning

Participants should be familiar with using Mac computers and basic Word functions, preferably using Word 2011. It is not necessary, but would be advantageous, to be familiar with basic InDesign functions.

About the trainer

Lan Wang is an editor and typesetter who recently updated the 3rd edition of The Australian Editing Handbook. She has worked both inhouse and as a freelancer and has had extensive hands-on experience in using Word and InDesign to edit, typeset and publish to print, HTML, PDF and EPUB formats. She has guest lectured on editorial and production matters at the University of Melbourne, RMIT University and RMIT TAFE, as well as presented workshops and talks for Editors Victoria, IPEd and other organisations. She is an Accredited Editor and Honorary Life Member of Editors Victoria/IPEd.

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