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How to Edit Academic Work

Updated: May 8


Ernest Hemingway famously said, ‘the only kind of writing is rewriting’. Few writers will produce a first draft that they’re happy with. This workshop will take you through the main stages of editing: developmental editing, which is where one looks at the ‘big picture’, such as flow, narrative, voice and structure, before turning to copy editing, weeding out bad grammar, spelling mistakes and poorly constructed sentences, before finally focusing on proofreading to check for minor but significant errors in syntax and punctuation.


By the end of the workshop, you should be better able to:

  • Understand how to use exercises to create distance from one’s writing in order to edit effectively.

  • Understand different editing processes, such as developmental and copy editing and proofreading, and put these into practice.

Date & Time 7 May 2024 (Tuesday) 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm (HKT)

Format Online via Zoom

Target audience CUHK Academic staff


Dr Sanjida O’Connell, Royal Literary Fund Consultant Fellow, UK

Dr Sanjida O’Connell is an award-winning writer and broadcaster. She studied zoology at the University of Bristol before completing a PhD at University College London. She’s written scientific papers, numerous feature articles for national newspapers and magazines, scripts for TV documentaries, contributed to encyclopaedias and had columns in The Times, The Independent and BBC Wildlife magazine.

Sanjida had twelve books published, including four works of non-fiction, four works of literary fiction and four thrillers. She has been shortlisted for the BBC Asia Awards, the Betty Trask Award for Romantic Fiction, the Daily Telegraph Science Writer's Award, Asian Woman of the Year, highly commended for BBC Wildlife Magazine's Award for Nature Writing, long listed for the CWA Steel Dagger Award and had her first thriller nominated as one of the best crime and thriller books of 2016 by the Guardian and the Sunday Express. Sanjida was a wildlife presenter for the BBC and now writes full time, as well as running writing workshops for universities and teaching and mentoring creative writing.  

Note: This is a practical and interactive workshop with limited seats available. Seats will be offered on a first-come-first-served basis.


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