Di Smith

Di Smith is an accomplished editor with over 20 years of experience working for various publication houses, including Pan Macmillan, Shuter & Shooter, University of KwaZulu-Natal Press and Flora & Fauna Publications Trust. 

Di has had a prolific career, having worked as an author/editor of scientific publications, including works such as Pooley’s Trees of Eastern South Africa, Bird Atlas of Botswana, Zulu Medicinal Plants, among many others. She has also edited several novels and works of fiction through Pan MacMillan and Watermark Publishers.

With a Master’s degree in Science, Di has been a key member of the author team who has produced Life Sciences, Natural Sciences and other textbooks for the South African education market, shepherding these through multiple curriculum changes over the past few decades.

Di has many years of experience teaching in a variety of state and independent schools in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. She is passionate about encouraging and helping students as they develop their enjoyment, skill and precision as credible and sought-after editors of English text.

Di tutors the Copy-editing and Proofreading course.


‘I found the tutor’s feedback on the assignments the most helpful part of the course and thoroughly enjoyed doing the assignments. Di Smith was available, professional and knowledgeable. I thoroughly enjoyed the Copy-editing Course and the method of tutoring fitted my needs perfectly.’ Oonagh Schneeberger, Copy-editing and Proofreading Course

‘The course challenged me thoroughly. Di Smith was an exceptional tutor. She contacted me once just to check if everything was fine when I took a little longer than usual to submit the assignments. This speaks to the level of commitment she has to ensure that her students achieve their goals. It was an excellent experience and I have already referred other people to register for courses.’ Marina Ferreira, Copy-editing and Proofreading Course

‘I found the course very comprehensive. It challenged me and taught me a lot. My tutor, Di Smith, was thorough and helpful. She gave me good feedback and helped me better my skills. I loved the modules I was given as they helped me improve on my skills and learn new ones. My experience was very rewarding.’ Bronwyn Kriste, Copy-Editing and Proofreading Course

‘This was a most rewarding course. I found the work challenging and interesting. I have really learnt so much and am so glad I did the course. Di Smith is an excellent tutor. My modules were returned quickly and with really helpful remarks and criticisms. This is my third course through SA Writers College; I have always found them to deliver excellent service, both in the administration department and in the quality of their courses. Lynn Smith, Copy-Editing and Proofreading Course

‘The course was excellent and very informative. Di Smith is an excellent tutor. She is always encouraging and always positive especially when the marks do not look so great. I am really satisfied with the course I did with The Writers College; definitely worth one’s time and money.’ Madeleen Struwig, Copy-editing and Proofreading Course