Editors WA is a branch of the Institute of Professional Editors (IPEd) in Western Australia, representing, supporting, and providing professional development services to editors, proofreaders and other professionals in the publishing and written communications industries.
The WA branch of IPEd succeeds the Society of Editors (WA) Inc., which was founded in 1992 and incorporated in 2000. Whereas the Society of Editors (WA), as a body, had been a member if IPEd, as of 1 July 2016, members of the society transferred to direct membership of a restructured national organisation. IPEd is governed by a constitution and guided by national policy documents. Editors WA is run by a committee elected by its members according to the constitution.
The branch provides information and advice for prospective clients as well as a register of freelance editors. Membership of the IPEd is open to all individuals who are involved with or interested in the promotion and advancement of the standards and skills of editing.
Activities of the society include monthly meetings, our Bookworm newsletter and the operation of an email mailing list through which members may seek advice on matters of style or usage, or initiate debate on current editing issues. Informal get-togethers are held every few months. We are active on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.
Aims and objectives
The aims of IPEd, and of Editors WA, are given in detail on the IPEd website. In summary, IPEd aims to:
- be the nationally recognised professional association of the editing profession in Australia
- provide professional development and networking opportunities, and an accreditation scheme
- develop and maintain standards in editing practice
- advance the interests of members
- provide access to information and advice on client–editor matters, contracts and other editorial services matters
- promote excellence in all fields of professional editing and writing
- educate and inform the community about the activities of editors and the benefits of using of professional editors
- to provide an active link between organisations or individuals seeking editorial help and our members