October: Nuts and bolts of grammar and punctuation

Details
Date: Tuesday 18 October
Time: 7.30-8.30 pm
Place: Tom Dadour Community Centre, 363 Bagot Road, Subiaco
Cost: $5 members; $10 non-members
Tea, coffee and biscuits will be provided.
RSVP 13 October Robin Barnes

James Hansen and Anne Surma will answer questions on grammar and punctuation, adding their knowledge and skills to tricky problems posed by members. If you have ever had a difficult text to edit or want to know why a certain rule applies to a particular text, if you hate seeing apostrophes put in the wrong places, or you don’t know the best way to use a semicolon, come to this workshop. Even if you’ve been an editor or proofreader for years, we guarantee you’ll learn something new!

The presenters

James Hansen joined the society in its foundation year and is an honorary life member. He was a committee member for many years. Now retired, James has been a high school teacher (English and geography), educational media producer, equal employment opportunity officer (Education Department of Western Australia), editor, and lecturer in traditional English grammar (at the meeting, you can buy his book Take Charge! Using apostrophes and plurals correctly: an easy, friendly guide). James has also published a couple of short stories.

Dr Anne Surma lectures at Murdoch University in the English and Creative Arts program. Anne has worked in private industry as an editor and writer and, more recently, as a workshop facilitator and consultant, advising on communication strategy and practice. Anne’s research interests include public communication as ethical discourse and creative practice; corporate responsibility; and discursive approaches to dominant and marginalised narratives in public and organisational stories. She has published chapters and refereed journal articles from her work, and her monograph, Public and professional writing: ethics, imagination and rhetoric, was published by Palgrave in 2005. Currently, Anne is under contract with Palgrave to produce her second monograph, The power of professional writing: effecting social change in a global culture. An editorial board member of two international journals, Journal of Communication Management and Prism, Anne also holds the honorary title of Distinguished Editor, conferred by the national organisation, the Institute of Professional Editors (IPEd).

September: After the conference

Our September networking session will be a couple of weeks after the 5th National Editors Conference in Sydney. As a few of us from the committee will be attending (and no doubt there are other Society members who may want to contribute), we decided that at our networking session we would give a guided tour of the conference where we’ll present some highlights from different perspectives.

At the same meeting, we will be holding a vote about the increase in the membership fees.

Details
Date: Tuesday 20 September
Time: 7.30-8.30 pm
Cost: $5 members; $10 non-members
Tea, coffee and biscuits will be available.
RSVP 14 September Robin Barnes

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