Thesis Editing – where to from here?

If you’re coming along to the Editors WA general meeting on Monday 19 February 2018, all the details you need are right here!

DATE: Monday 19 February 2018

TIME: 6:15 for 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM

PLACE: Town of Victoria Park Leisurelife Centre, Cnr Kent & Gloucester Sts, East Victoria Park, WA 6979


Note on Venue Location:

The meeting venue is the Town of Victoria Park’s Leisurelife Centre, 248 Gloucester Street, East Victoria Park, but please note that you will find GPS works best for you if you characterise the location as ‘Victoria Park’ not ‘East Victoria Park’.

The Leisurelife Centre building stands at the corner of Gloucester and Kent streets, off Albany Highway and Sussex St, behind the Park Shopping Centre and the Victoria Park Library.

Unfortunately the Leisurelife Centre building is adjacent to and pretty much joined with an almost identical brick building, which is the Victoria Park Community Centre at 247 Gloucester St, so look carefully  – but anyway, the staff of both centres are used to redirecting people all the time, apparently!

It’s OK to park in the Community Centre’s adjoining carpark if needed. There’s plenty of carparking space.

New venue map




Philippa Freegard, MSc, Accredited Editor – Senior Planning Officer at UWA and a freelance editor, holding a Diploma in Professional Book Editing, Proofreading and Publishing.

Helen Renwick, PhD (Ling), Med (Applied Ling), GradDipEd (Adult & Tertiary), GradDipLib&InfStudies, Accredited Editor –- Higher Degree by Research Communication Adviser at ECU’s Centre for Learning and Teaching, former EFL teacher, and freelance editor with previous experience teaching at Curtin, UWA, and Murdoch universities.

Ilsa Sharp – Freelance editor, career journalist/author/researcher/editor in Southeast Asia 1968–1998, Editors WA committee member and member of IPEd’s Standing Committee on Academic Editing.


Our meeting at 6.30 pm on Monday 19 February 2018 will tackle the thorny topic of Academic Editing, focusing on one aspect of concern to many members Thesis editing – where to from here?

The panel aims to encourage discussion about how we can better manage the thesis editing process and improve it for editors, students, and supervisors. Among the key topics to be examined:

  • IPEd’s Guidelines for editing research theses – background, status of the debate.
  • The current agenda for the newly formed IPEd Standing Committee on Academic Editing.
  • The state of the profession’s relationship with universities/academics, thesis supervisors, and students.
  • Addressing mismatched expectations: educating our clients about what we do; educating ourselves about what clients (students and supervisors) expect/need.
  • Supporting postgrads using English as an additional language: a special case? Should we consider a ‘fit for purpose’ criterion?
  • Educating and training ourselves: course ideas, the notion of ‘specialist accreditation’?
  • Thesis editing pay rates/terms & conditions.

You will also get a summary of the agenda for IPEd’s newly formed Standing Committee on Academic Editing (SCAE). We expect a few invited representatives from academe to attend and make their own contribution to the discussion from the floor, widening our horizons beyond our own ‘editor perspective’.

We are experimenting with a new venue for this meeting, south of the river, at the Town of Victoria Park’s Leisurelife Centre, 250 Gloucester Street, corner of Kent and Gloucester streets, in East Victoria Park, 6101. Please do not confuse this centre with the Victoria Park Community Centre at #247 right next door.

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Town of Victoria Park’s Leisurelife Centre, 250 Gloucester Street, corner of Kent and Gloucester streets, in East Victoria Park, 6101


Preparing for the Accreditation Exam: Tips, Strategies and Exercises

Get organised for your Accreditation Exam

The next accreditation exam will be held on Saturday 19 May 2018.

To assist WA members preparing to sit the exam, Meryl Potter, Distinguished Editor and lead writer for four of the accreditation exams, will deliver her acclaimed accreditation workshop in Perth on 10 March. Details are as follows.

Preparing for the Accreditation Exam: Tips, Strategies and Exercises
Presented by Meryl Potter, DE

10 March 2018, 9.30 am to 4.30 pm
Venue: Mattie Furphy House in Swanbourne

Cost: $125 (members), $175 (non-members)
(includes lunch, and morning and afternoon teas)

Book your place

If you’re planning to sit for the Institute of Professional Editors (IPEd) accreditation exam this year, or simply thinking about sitting in the future, this workshop is for you. It is also offers an editorial tune-up, even if you aren’t yet ready for the exam. This will be an intensive day, with lots of exercises—it’s not intended for beginners.

In 2018 the exam will once again be offered onscreen. However, this workshop focuses on strategies and content, with minor reference to working onscreen. It is expected that IPEd will offer a separate session on the onscreen environment.

This interactive workshop will focus on:

  • Preparation for the exam—tips and strategies for organising revision, reducing stress, managing your time and hitting the 80% pass mark.
  • Editing a short extract, comparable to the extract for part 2 of the exam—dealing with the tricky things that might be included, following the brief, making style decisions, preparing a sound style sheet, and writing appropriate author queries.
  • Part 3 of the exam—some short answer exercises for practice (e.g. lists, tables, references), and choosing questions that will help you pass.
  • Q&A forum—time to ask any other questions you might have.

A comprehensive workbook is provided for the use of attendees only.

You can email questions before the workshop to the workshop coordinator at

Get your tickets and reserve your spot

Introducing Meryl

Meryl Potter is an IPEd Distinguished Editor with more than 30 years’ experience as an editor, publisher and corporate communication manager over a vast range of subjects, across book publishing (trade, education, custom), magazine publishing, marketing, and corporate and government communication and publications. She was a lecturer for Macleay College’s Book Editing and Publishing diploma for more than 12 years, and has developed and presented workshops for the New South Wales, South Australian and Tasmanian societies of editors, and the Australian Institute of Interpreters & Translators in New South Wales and South Australia. She was lead writer for four of the six IPEd accreditation exams, including the first one in 2008, which was designed to set the format, style and standard for the exam.

Join us for a seasonal celebration

Christmas Lunch IPEd WA

This year, the Editors WA Christmas lunch will be held at:

La Fattoria
211 Merrivale Rd Pickering Brook (see map below)
Saturday 2 December 2017
12.00 – 3.00 pm

Please come along to La Fattoria in picturesque Pickering Brook and experience
Nonna’s family table.

Your ticket will include a traditional five course Italian meal, a wine tasting
and an optional bus pickup and drop off from Maddington train station.

Booking Information

Member: $40
Non-member: $60

If you have any special dietary needs, please advise when booking.

Don’t miss out on your chance to join us for the Editors WA Christmas lunch

Bookings close on Friday 24 November 2017. Head to the national IPED Events page to reserve your spot at Nonna’s family table.

For further enquiries, please email:

We look forward to seeing you at this exciting end of year celebration.


8th IPEd National Editors Conference

Expressions of interest have been called to present papers and workshops at the 8th IPEd National Editors Conference, to be held in Brisbane from 13 to 15 September 2017.

The conference program will be divided into three streams — technology, professional development and building alliances. It will focus on contemporary and emerging aspects of editing and publishing, including, but not limited to:

  • accessibility of information
  • best practice and innovative practice in editing
  • building alliances between editors, authors and others in publishing (panel)
  • business practices
  • digital publishing
  • editing particular genres and formats
  • education and professional development of editors
  • mentoring (panel)
  • publishing and other business trends
  • social media.

Expressions of interest are called for:

  • presenting a paper (up to 200 words)
  • participating in panel discussions (up to 200 words)
  • presenting a half-day workshop (up to 300 words).

Visit the ‘Call for papers’ page of the conference website at for more information, including the submission template. Expressions of interest must be submitted by Sunday 26 February 2017.

The subcommittee reserves the right to select papers appropriate to the program.

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

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.

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.



Resolution – fee increase due to IPEd levy (subsidised by the society) – VOTE now

Fee increase resolution

Please reply to this email with a YES or NO vote in the subject line by Saturday 29 November 2014.


Notice of an ordinary resolution to be put to the vote by Society of Editors (WA) Inc (the society) members.  This notice includes a brief background to the vote. This vote is taking place by a virtual meeting process in lieu of a membership meeting given the limited numbers able to attend the November workshop and the December function. This will allow all members access to their voting rights.




The Society of Editors (Western Australia) Incorporated resolves to increase ordinary membership fees by $20 for full and concession members from 1 February 2015. This increase will be applied towards the transition levy of $45 requested by IPEd which will be subsidised by the society.


Background to the vote

Our society’s current ordinary membership fees are $80 per annum for full members and $60 per annum for concession members. Fees have not been increased for the last three years. The society has maintained fees at this rate by prudent financial management and a surplus generated from the 2013 editors conference in Fremantle.

Our membership fees currently include the cost of an annual IPEd levy of $25 per member (ordinary and honorary) as at 31 May each year.

For 2014/15 each state society is required to pay an additional IPEd levy of $45 per member to help fund the costs of transition towards the direct membership model.

WA paid the usual 2014/15 IPEd levy of $25 per member in June 2014 and is required to pay the additional 2014/15 IPEd levy of $45 per member in April 2015.

The committee has reviewed a number of options on how to fund the additional levy:

  • Raise membership fees for 2015/16 by a flat $45 per member or
  • Raise membership fees for 2015/16 by $45 for full members and a lower amount (e.g. $35) for concession members or
  • Raise membership fees by an amount between $1 and $44 to fund part of the increased levy cost; the remainder being covered through existing surpluses or
  • Fully fund the increased levy costs through existing surpluses.

In reaching its decision the committee has considered the society’s financial position, the potential effect on membership as membership fees rise, and how other state societies have decided to fund the levy.

The committee agreed to propose to members a flat fee increase of $20 per ordinary member with the remaining $25 per ordinary member being funded by the society. This reflects the capacity of the society to fund part of the IPEd levy and the value we place on retaining as many members as possible in the coming year.

The proposed membership fee increase will apply from 1 February 2015. Note that this is a once-off IPEd levy. However, if the transition to direct membership does not take place within the 2015/16 financial year, the proposed fee increase will remain in place for future financial years, reflecting good financial and business practice.

PLEASE respond with your vote by Saturday 29 November.


Cheryl Bettridge AE
President SOE(WA) Inc
Saturday 8 November 2014


‘Editing in the digital age’: full program!

The Society of Editors (WA) is please to announce the program for our upcoming winter seminar.

Editing in the digital age: software and systems for professional success

Editors should be up to date and proficient in … common word processing software for editing … and accepted techniques for handling electronic files. Australian standards for editing practice (IPEd, p. 6)

Time Presenters and session titles
8.30   am Registration
9.00 President’s welcome (Cheryl Bettridge AE)
9.05 Announcements (Kerry Coyle AE)
9.10 Dr Hilary Cadman AE ‘PerfectIt – the editor’s friend’
10.15 John Denton ‘How to build a business’
11.15 Rhonda Bracey ‘Telecommuting: Pros and cons’
12.15 pm LUNCH catered by Café Ultimo
13.00 Dr Hilary Cadman AE ‘Keeping up to date with electronic editing tools’
14.00 Margaret McNally AE ‘How many ‘p’s exist in publication?’
15.00 Georgina Wilson ‘Editing for the web – same, same but different’
15.45 Thanks and close

Guest speakers

cadman2Dr Hilary Cadman

PerfectIt – the editor’s friend and Keeping up to date with electronic editing tools
Hilary is a highly experienced science and medical editor, and trainer. Her background is in science. She has a PhD in biochemistry and spent 20 years working in research laboratories and universities in the UK, France and Zimbabwe. A Master of Science (communications) led her into a career in science editing in 1999.

Denton2John Denton

Helping you not just to do business, but to build one!
John started his own training and development business in January 1997 as a licensee for Leadership Management Australia. He has 27 years experience in engineering, customer service, sales and management roles. Today, John is an experienced business person, business consultant, qualified facilitator and trainer, public speaker and ‘business ready for sale’ coach. His extensive knowledge is valuable for editors in any field.

bracey2Rhonda Bracey

Telecommuting: Pros and cons
Editing is an occupation that can be done from home—for at least part of the time. Rhonda has worked full-time from home since 2007. In this presentation, she shares her telecommuting experiences and the pros and cons of working remotely from a corporate office. Rhonda Bracey started her technical communication business in WA in 1999.

mcnallyMargaret McNally

How many ‘p’s exist in publication?
Margaret is a highly experienced editor and professional writer who has written broadly for newspapers, magazines, and corporate organisations. Until recently, Margaret was managing editor of corporate publications at Curtin University, a position she held for more than six years.

wilsonGeorgina Wilson

Editing for the web – same, same but different
Georgina is an experienced editor working with the Department of Agriculture and Food in Perth. Recently her work has concentrated on the department’s new website.

Register online now! Registration is now closed

Committee spotlight – IPEd councillor

One of the roles opening up within the society is that of IPEd councillor. Departing councillor, Jo Smith, shares her experience.

The IPEd councillor is an essential role, which creates a direct link between IPEd and its members, the state societies of editors.

The IPEd councillor is the society’s representative on the IPEd council, which is responsible for the management and business of the company, i.e. to advance the profession of editing. The IPEd council comprises a councillor from each of the seven state societies of editors.

The councillors are directors of the company, the Institute of Professional Editors Ltd, and as such must comply with the associated duties and responsibilities.

IPEd council meetings are held once a month via teleconference, generally on the first Sunday of the month and, unfortunately for WA, at 7.30 am! The IPEd councillor then reports to the WA society at its monthly committee meetings; so the IPEd councillor must also be a general committee member.

There is an alternate councillor who can attend the occasional meeting if needed and who can also support the work of the councillor within the society.

It is a very rewarding role, and gives a great sense of perspective of the editing profession nationally. The other councillors are very dedicated and great to work with and I will miss being on the council. However, I will be continuing on Working Party 4, helping to develop the implementation plan.

If you are interested in taking on this role, please see the IPEd website, the position description documents, or contact me on


Christmas on the foreshore

Join us for some informal networking and seasonal fun on Sunday December 2 at 5 pm, at the South Perth foreshore.

We’ll meet at the Narrows end of Sir James Mitchell Park, adjacent to the car park that’s at the end of South Perth Esplanade. There are BBQs and toilet facilities and plenty of shade. Bring along your picnic or BBQ food and we will supply snacks, wine, soft drink and games! (A folding chair might also be a good idea.)

RSVP to Tanya Marwood by Saturday Dec 1.