The Scottish Network of the Institute of Translation & Interpreting

Spring Workshop 2019 – The Wizard of Word Returns


09:30 - 16:30


Quaker Meeting House
7 Victoria St, Edinburgh, EH1 2JL

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Registration is open for our 16 March 2019 workshop!

The Wizard of Word Returns: More Word Wizardry with Kay McBurney

ScotNet’s resident Word Wiz Kay McBurney will once again pull lots of productivity-boosting tips and techniques out of her hat to help you get the most out of Microsoft Word in your everyday translation work.

Word Wizardry I will largely be a repeat of her previous workshop in 2017 for the benefit of those who missed it or would like a refresher. This session will take an in-depth look at the Word environment, focusing on customising it to enable you to work faster (e.g. Quick Access Toolbar), essential shortcut keys and advanced Find&Replace options.

The Word Wizardry II session in the afternoon will go on to look at more advanced formatting techniques such as harnessing the power of styles, ways of converting pdf files into Word and in particular how to speedily knock them into shape for translation. Everyone is welcome to attend either just one or both sessions.

  • Note: Tips and techniques will be demonstrated using Microsoft Word 2010 for Windows but the same or similar features should be available on all Windows & Mac versions from Word 2007 onwards.


9:30         Registration/foregather (tea/coffee available)
10:00       Word Wizardry I
11:30       Refreshment break
12:00       Word Wizardry I cont.
13:00       Buffet lunch
14:00       Word Wizardry II
15:00       Refreshment break
15:20       Word Wizardry II cont.
16:20       Q&A/wind up
16:30       End


Kay McBurney has been working as a translator since the dictaphone and golfball typewriter era. She started her professional career at Nixdorf Computer in Germany, where among other things she learned to use a Wang word processing system to post-edit machine-translated user manuals. Following a short stint at an agency in England, in the early nineties she turned freelance and returned to Scotland the proud owner of an early Dell PC running Word and WordPerfect for DOS. Shortly afterwards she upgraded to Word for Windows and has never looked back.

Along the way she learned a lot about using this word processing tool so she was invited to hold MS-Word clinics for the ITI Scottish and German networks. She subsequently also taught on ITI’s inaugural IT courses for translators and served as guest tutor for translation memory tools at Heriot-Watt and Edinburgh University. Over her 5-year tenure as ITI ScotNet Convenor in the noughties, she organized a wide variety of other CPD events for the network too.

When she’s not sailing off into the wild blue yonder, Kay puts her Word wizardry skills to good use when turning stodgy German corporate communications into stylish English.


The event will take place in the Quaker Meeting House, 7 Victoria Terrace, Edinburgh EH1 2JL. The Meeting House is located in Edinburgh’s Old Town, a 10-minute walk from Waverley Station. The buffet lunch will be served within the venue.


ITI Scottish Network members Workshop only (all day or half day): free
Workshop and lunch: £8
ITI members Workshop only: £5 for half day/£10 for full day
Workshop and lunch: £13 for half day/£18 for full day
Non-ITI members Workshop only: £10 for half day/£20 for full day
Workshop and lunch: £18 for half day/£28 for full day
Students Workshop only: £3 for half day/£5 for full day
Workshop and lunch: £11 for half day/£13 for full day
All £8 for lunch only


To register, please complete and return the form below to Angelika by Friday, 1st March 2019, and pay your registration fee directly by bank transfer to ITI Scottish Network’s account:

Bank of Scotland
Sort code: 80-02-83
Account: 00298915
IBAN: GB97 BOFS 8002 8300 2989 15
Please enter your name as the reference!

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