Renewal of accreditation for 2011 AEs

A reminder for WA editors accredited in 2011: it’s time to renew your accreditation!

Accreditation is valid for five years. After this, you must renew your accreditation to continue to be recognised as an accredited editor (AE).

You don’t have to sit another exam for renewal but you will need to show that you’ve been actively involved in the editing profession and undertaken appropriate professional development activities over the past five years. All information should be provided to IPEd via the application form on the website.

Applications close 31 August 2016.

See Renewal of accreditation for more information, including the guidelines and application form.

If you have any queries about the exam, please send me an email.

Sue Thomson
Accreditation Board delegate WA

2011 accreditations due for renewal this year

If you gained accreditation in 2011 you will need to renew it later this year to retain your status as an accredited editor (AE).

We’ll be in contact with you about this in the next couple of months. In the meantime, take a look at the requirements for renewal on the IPEd website.

If you have any queries about the exam, please send me an email.

Sue Thomson
Accreditation Board delegate WA

Accreditation exam update

Preparations are in full swing for the next accreditation exam which will be held on Saturday 25 June 2016. Registrations will open in early March.

The structure of the exam, the allocation of marks, and the required pass mark have not changed. What will be different is that instead of being on paper, the exam will be presented as a set of Microsoft Word documents. To complete the exam, you will be required to edit passages of text onscreen, type in short passages of text, and select from multiple choice options or drop-down lists. But the exam will NOT be a test of expertise in Word and knowledge of advanced Word features is not required.

We will be holding an exam preparation workshop and will let you know more in the next few weeks. The workshop will cover the aims of the exam, how to prepare, what to study, how to manage time in the exam, and possibly a chance to review some basic editing practice. We strongly encourage anyone thinking of doing the exam to attend the workshop.

An online tutorial is being developed – this will demonstrate the onscreen format and provide tips for navigating around the documents. Also, at least one of the existing sample exams will be converted to the onscreen format around the time as registrations open. Make sure you read the guidelines for candidates on the IPEd website also.

If you’re a Mac user, we’re planning to make a number of Macs available. However, we may not be in a position to offer the same level of technical support as for PCs.

Fees have been set at:
• Society member sitting the exam for the first time (fee $610; early bird $580)
• Society member resitting the exam (fee $300; early bird $285)
• Non-society member sitting the exam for the first time (fee $765; early bird $730)
• Non-society member resitting the exam (fee $380; early bird $360).

The accreditation scheme is run on a cost-recovery basis. The Accreditation Board endeavours to keep the fees as low as possible, and has managed to avoid any increases since 2012. However, the onscreen exam has incurred some extra costs, particularly in the hire of venues. Although there are off-setting savings in many areas, it has not been possible to avoid a very small increase in the 2016 fees.

Thanks to Ted Briggs (Chair, Accreditation Board) for most of the work on this article.
If you have any queries about the exam, please send me an email.

Sue Thomson
Accreditation Board delegate WA
sjthomson22@yahoo.com.au

Winter seminar: full agenda announced and registration open

How do you stand out in a sea of noise? Sometimes, it’s as simple as caring about your reader. Empathy, appreciation, compassion and a feeling of ‘we’re in this together’ come through in the way we edit. Can you help make your client’s voice heard above the rest?a

Learn the subtle and not-so-subtle ways to make your readers feel special at our Winter seminar on Saturday 22 August. Remember that it is not about how much information you give out to people. What matters is how much of it is understood.

Figure out your particular expertise by listening to our excellent speakers — Janet Applegate (information specialist), Dr Vivienne Conway (web), Dr Stephen White (science) and Dr Yusuke Fitzgibbons (editor as international intermediary). These sessions will help you succeed as an editor. As well, technical editor Rhonda Bracey’s session will help you increase your efficiency with Word. Check out Rhonda’s impressive credentials at www.cybertext.com.au.

This seminar is an opportunity to learn to pay attention to what readers need, what resources they are missing, and to your own expertise.

Don’t miss out. Registrations close on Thursday 13 August 2015.

View the full agenda. Click here to register. Registration is now closed.

Mentoring program – new status

At the IPEd plenary session of the Write|Edit|Index conference, our mentoring program became part of IPEd’s responsibility. We are now known officially as the IPEd National Mentoring Program for Editors, as a result of an agreement signed by the CSE President, Alan Cummine, and the IPEd Chair, Kerry Davies. The systems we’ve put in place all remain the same, Canberra continues to administer the program nationally with the team of state/territory coordinators working with the national coordinators. We are delighted to have IPED’s formal recognition and support.

IMG_0011Before the formal announcement, all but one of the current coordinators, plus the two national coordinators, were able to gather for lunch at the conference, and here is a photo of us all: standing – Ted Briggs; sitting, clockwise – Ara Nalbandian (ACT), Elizabeth Manning Murphy, Kerry Coyle (WA), Sheelagh Wegman (Tas), Davina Dadley-Moore (Vic), Zoe Hale (NSW), Roberta Blake (Qld). Absent: Adele Walker (SA).

At the Mentoring plenary session of the conference, coordinators sat on the podium and were introduced to the delegates. Your local coordinator is your first port of call for information about the mentoring program and for advice during a mentorship, should you need it. We are dedicated to helping mentorships be successful, personally rewarding pairings. If you don’t have your local coordinator’s details, contact either Elizabeth or Ted (see below) and we’ll pass your request on.

We’re pretty chuffed with this outcome – we’ve been working towards it, but it’s happened in two short years, and we’re still somewhat bemused by the speed at which it has happened. Heartfelt thanks to all the coordinators for help, swapping ideas and generally promoting mentoring to the whole membership of all current societies.

WHO IS ELIGIBLE TO BE PART OF IT?
This brings me to a topic I get asked about sometimes – just who can be mentored? Is it only for new editors? Or can senior, experienced editors be mentored? The answer is – ANYONE can be mentored and ANYONE can be a mentor. It all depends on what you want to be guided in, and what skills you have that you can share. We have on our program very young, inexperienced editors, struggling to get a foothold in the competitive editing profession; and we have editors near to traditional retirement age, with lots of experience behind them, but wanting to perhaps understand more about new technologies and spread their wings into newer areas of editing – such editors are often mentored by much younger colleagues who have grown up with technology or work in legal, medical or scientific editing. You don’t have to be old and white-haired to be a mentor, and you don’t have to be straight out of editing school to be a mentee. If you meet the basic requirements – membership of an editing society at any level, have attended a course or workshop about copy-editing and proofreading, and have at least a little experience in copy-editing – you qualify. Just ask for the mentor or mentee application form and we’ll help you with the rest.

 

for IPEd National Mentoring Program for Editors:
Ted Briggs AE (tedbriggs@grapevine.com.au)
Elizabeth Manning Murphy DE (emmurphy.words@gmail.com)
Joint National Coordinators

Cafe society

New on the menu for 2015 – our cafe society meet-ups. Step away from your desk and out into the caffeine dens of Perth’s thriving cafe culture. It’s a steaming hot way to escape the daily grind and get to know your fellow editors in a stimulating new setting. One cup of coffee could lead to a million things.

Our cafe society events will replace three of our Tuesday night networking meetings this year. This will be a great way for new members (and all) to get to know each other and share stories and ideas.

The first one will be brunch in Subiaco on Saturday 18 April. More information is available here. We’ll be shaking it up, though – different days, times and suburbs – to suit the broad spread of our membership.

Enjoy plenty of time for relaxed conversation and networking over good food and coffee. Hope to see you at one of these events soon.

Position paper on new Style manual

By the end of our October networking meeting, ‘Defending the barricades—you, me and the Style manual’, attendees were in agreement: Australian editors need a new edition of the Style manual. However, it was evident from the discussion of the evening that there was no clear path to attaining this goal.

The many problems and possible solutions have been distilled into a position paper that can now be read online. This has been developed by SoE(WA) members Michèle Drouart, Satima Flavell, Helen Renwick and Ilsa Sharp, who formed a working group after the meeting to research and explore the future of the Style manual.

It is the hope of the working group and the committee of SoE(WA) that this paper will prompt greater conversation and forward movement at the national level.

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Win free registration for IPEd conference

As a gesture of thanks for SoE(WA)’s sponsorship of write | edit | index, the 7th IPEd National Editors Conference 2015 in Canberra, the Canberra Society of Editors is offering two of our members complimentary conference registration (excludes the conference dinner).

If you would like to win this fantastic prize, please send a simple ‘Yes’ in an email to express your interest to Cheryl Bettridge at president@editorswa.com with the subject line ‘CANBERRA CONFERENCE’ by midnight Monday 16 February 2015. (Those who have already registered are welcome to enter.)

Please note: This is not a test of skill/merit; two names will simply be drawn out of a hat at our networking meeting on Tuesday 17 February. Also, the prize is payment of the conference registration fee only, i.e. winners need to pay for their own accommodation, flights, etc.  If you are a winner but find you are unable to attend, please let us know asap so we can do a re-draw to let someone else attend.

If you miss out you on the complimentary passes, you will still be able to take advantage of Early Bird registration for the conference before it closes on 20 February. The conference is being held on 6-9 May, 2015.

For the conference program and more details about the venue, see http://writeeditindex.net.au/.

John Simkin Medal 2015

The Australian and New Zealand Society of Indexers (ANZSI) invites nominations for the inaugural John Simkin Medal – an award recognising an outstanding index to a book compiled in Australia or New Zealand.

The John Simkin Medal, previously known as the ANZSI Medal, has been renamed in honour of John Simkin, one of the founding members of the Society. John promoted the ideals of indexes and indexing throughout his 40-year association with the Society, so it is with pleasure we acknowledge his enormous contribution to indexing in this way.

The ANZSI Medal was first awarded in 1985 and was offered annually until 2013, when it became biennial.

Due to the prestigious nature of the Medal, it is only awarded when merited. Details of previous ANZSI Medal winners are available at www.anzsi.org/site/medal_win.asp.

To attain the award, indexes must be of the highest calibre. The index should be substantial in size, the subject matter complex, and the language, form and structure should demonstrate the indexer’s expertise in serving the primary needs of the text and the reader. There are no restrictions on the subject matter of the book.

The book may be in either paper or electronic format.

To be eligible for the award, the book must be commercially available and have an imprint date of 2012 or later. The index must have been compiled in Australia or New Zealand, although the text to which it refers may have been published elsewhere.

Publishers, booksellers, editors, librarians, indexers and interested persons are all invited to provide nominations. Indexers are encouraged to submit their own work.

The winning indexer will receive the John Simkin Medal and a framed certificate. The publisher will receive a framed certificate.

Applications
A completed nomination form together with a hard copy of the book or a link to the electronic file of both book and index is required. Hard copy books will be returned after judging. Nomination forms are available at www.anzsi.org/UserFiles/file/John-Simkin-Medal-nomination-form-2015.pdf.

Dates
Applications must be received no later than Friday, 20 March, 2015 at the address on the nomination form. Presentation of the inaugural John Simkin Medal will be made to the winner at Write | Edit | Index: A national conference for editors, indexers, and publishing professionals, Canberra, 6–9 May 2015.

IPEd conference keynote speakers announced

The organisers of write | edit | index, the 7th IPEd National Editors Conference 2015 are thrilled to announce two well-known Australians as keynote speakers, namely Jackie French and David Astle.

Jackie French is an author of 140 books across a range of genres. Her work includes fiction for adults and children, gardening, history and picture books. She is a passionate advocate for the conservation of wildlife and the planet.

David Astle is well known as the dictionary guy from the television show Letters and Numbers. He is a self-confessed word nerd writing cryptics for the The Age and Sydney Morning Herald.

The conference launches with a day of professional workshops covering topics on editing, indexing, blogging, design and digital markup to name a few. The next two days include four session streams each day, ensuring that there is a session for everyone.

The conference will take place in Canberra from 6–9 May 2015 and early bird registration closes on 20 February.

Early bird registration (closes 20 February 2015)
Member                         $485
Non-member                $550
Student member          $335

Full registration (closes 31 March 2015)
Member                         $550
Non-member                $650
Student member          $400

Day registration (closes 31 March 2015)
Thursday                       $200
Friday                             $200
Saturday                         $150

For program details and to register go to www.writeeditindex.net.au

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