August networking meeting — preparing for the accreditation exam

Topic: Preparing for the accreditation exam
Speakers: Accredited editors who have passed the accreditation exam

This will be an interactive session facilitated by Accredited Editors Cheryl Bettridge, Michele Drouart, Amanda Curtin, Margaret McNally, Jan Knight, Sue Thomson and Kerry Coyle. Bring your Style manual and any other resources you use with you.

The Curtin Uni publication, Treading water while the sharks are circling, designed as a guide for first year uni students sitting exams is a useful guide for anyone who has an exam looming and current Australian standards for editing practice will be distributed to all those who would like one.

The format will be something along the following lines:
Part 1: Tackling the exam 10 mins
This section covers time management, what to do first, using your strengths to their best advantage when choosing questions, etc.
Part 2: Be prepared 10 mins
This includes what to take in to the exam and how to make best use of the website.
Part 3: Survival guide 10 mins
How to remain calm and combat your nerves; hints and tips. General questions.
Part 4: Practice makes perfect (all panellists to assist group) 60 mins

Exam (apart from 10 mins to write name and number on each page and 30 mins reading time) is 3 hours. Use reading time to choose questions.

• Part 1 (25 mins)
Distribute practice papers and read intro. Read Part 1 instructions. Give 20 mins for group to answer the 24 short questions (allocation in exam is 20% so approx 36 mins). Give answers.

• Part 2 (15 mins)
Read page 6 and do some of the style sheet together as not everyone may have done one before. Examples.

• Part 3 (20 mins)
4 of the 12 need to be answered in approximately 72 mins. Let’s look at question 1.  4 of the 6 parts 1.1 to 1.6 need to be done (approx 5 mins to spend on each). Allow everyone to choose four and do them in 20 mins (cross of 5 minute intervals). They can then look at their answers and see how they went.

Hopefully these exercises reassure people that they can work within the exam’s timeframes. Remember some areas will be easier for an individual than others, so the percentage split is really just a guide. 

Wrap up and questions

Date: Tuesday 21 August 2012
Time: 7:30 pm
Venue: Tom Dadour Community Centre, 363 Bagot Road, Subiaco
Cost: $10 non-member; $5 members
Tea, coffee and biscuits will be provided.
RSVP barney9277@optusnet.com.au

Christmas celebration 2011

Thanks to everyone who came along to our Indian Christmas dinner at the Buddha Bar to celebrate the end of the year for the Society. We had secret santa pressies and if you weren’t happy you could swap with one you liked, Jan organised some fabulous quizzes, and we consumed a delicious banquet under the ever-watchful eye of an enormous Buddha. All to the music of Whitney Houston and Madonna!

We look forward to seeing you all next year. We won’t have a normal networking session in February but we will be having a workshop on Saturday 18 February which we’ll tell you about later. Then it’s our AGM on 6 March where we elect/re-elect the office bearers and hopefully welcome some new hands in the new year.

The committee wishes all our members a very safe, happy and productive Christmas and new year holiday!

Notices

Editorial internship
Australian Book Review, based in Melbourne, seeks applications for an Editorial Intern to help edit, produce and present Australia’s foremost independent literary magazine. This is a perfect opportunity for recent university graduates seeking an entrée into publishing.

This Internship – worth $20,000 and supported by The Ian Potter Foundation – is one of the few intensive, paid editorial training programs of its kind in Australian publishing. It reflects ABR’s long-standing commitment to fostering new editorial talent, and extends the magazine’s established volunteer intern program; widely regarded as a ‘finishing school’ for editing and publishing graduates.

Applications (maximum five pages, including CV) are due by Thursday, 1 December 2011 – to editor@australianbookreview.com.au.

Please see the complete position description attached for further information.

The position description is also available on our website.

ABR gratefully acknowledges the generosity of The Ian Potter Foundation and of its many Patrons, who support the magazine through tax-deductible donations of $250 or more. These donations are vital for the magazine’s future.

‘The best journal of words and ideas. Supporters can be proud of their judgement.’

John Bryson, author and ABR Patron

IPEd webminder
The Institute of Professional Editors Limited (IPEd) seeks a part-time webminder to join its team of voluntary workers.

It is estimated that fulfilling the role will require, on average, between 2 and 5 hours per week.

IPEd would like you to:

  • upload information to the website as requested by IPEd’s company secretary, councillors, committees and member societies of editors
  • identify material of value and interest to editors and add this to the website
  • update the website as required and archive out-of-date information
  • maintain the website’s members’ database.

The person we are looking for will:

  • have experience with website content management systems
  • be an editor and a member of an Australian society of editors
  • support IPEd’s objectives.

Applications should be sent to info@iped-editors.org by the closing date of Friday 11 November.

Done is better than perfect*

We’ve just passed the hub of the end of financial year which brings renewed enthusiasm in the middle of winter. And then, there’s the lull after rushing to make deadlines. Lulling in the cold is not my favourite kind. It’s hard to get up in the mornings, and even snuggies start to look good.

I can’t help thinking Perthites should never complain about the weather, though, no matter how cold it gets. To keep warm and the brain active, what are your new financial year resolutions? Here are my top ten:

1. Get on my cross trainer (but it’s out in the garage with no heating, she cries!)
2. Do the right thing  
3. Get my draft (or is it ‘daft’) manuscript out of the bottom drawer and do something with it
4. Do more with my blog
5. Find out more about Google+
6. Market our call for a conference logo
7. Practise being a better public speaker (formal and casual). Click here to see one of my fave movie speeches
8. Research how to get more fans on our Facebook page
9. Check out what’s on at the Sydney editors conference
10. Make sure my entry is up to date on the register of editors.

There will be no networking meeting in July. Come back on 16 August and hear about the Perth niche publishing scene and find out who’s playing (and paying) whom in presses and magazines.

In between resolutions, I’ll be looking for new iPhone apps …

Happy editing

Robin

* Facebook motto

A new year brings adjustments

It was a sad start to the year with the news of Mabel Kaplan’s passing. Her funeral was a celebration of her life, personality, and dedicated commitment to her community and family. Michele has written a wonderful piece for this month’s Bookworm in honour of Mabel and the contribution she made to her community. We will miss you, Mabel.

The year has geared into action and the committee has started planning this year’s events. Once we have confirmations, we will publicize our events schedule in Bookworm each month. We sent out a request for suggestions and have tried to incorporate some of those we received:  aspects of English usage (James Hansen);  editing for fiction, grammar points, indexing (Liz Tyndall); editing scientific works (Deb Fitzpatrick); romance writing (Carla Morris); dotdotdash magazine (Chris Walker); editing academic papers, making a personal website (Mary Elgar). Thanks to those people who responded.

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