The ‘good enough’ editor

19 November, 2018

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The ‘good enough’ editor

At the Winter Seminar in August, we explored a few aspects of being a ‘good’ editor. From this idealistic vantage point, we sometimes need to take a step back to think about what is really achievable.

Given real-world constraints, how do we decide when to put down the blue (or red) pen? Where do the boundaries of editor–client relations lie? Suppose you’re pressured to go the extra mile … should you?

In this evening’s meeting, we’ll huddle in groups to thrash out the whys and wherefores of the ‘good enough’ editor. Using scenarios loosely based on experience, we’ll chew over the principles and the consequences of choices we may face in our editing life. From the obsequious client to the lazy student, we’ll examine the limits of duty, and the shadowy borderlands that lie beyond.

Join us on a light-hearted but meaningful journey to the edge of perfection …


Dr Stephen White
Senior Geoscience Editor
Geological Survey of Western Australia
Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety

Stephen has worked with the Geological Survey for just over 10 years. In that time he has consistently tried and failed to achieve perfection. With age comes wisdom (one hopes), and he has now recognised that 98% is still pretty good. Stephen’s goal is to become comfortable with 95% accuracy.

Stephen also likes to attempt perfection in his spare time, and this perhaps explains why he sometimes takes forever to finish odd jobs and woodwork projects at home.


Date: Monday 19 November 2018
Time: Time: Arrive 6:15 pm for 6:30 pm start; finish by 8:30 pm
Place: Loftus Community Centre
Learning Room
99 Loftus St, Leederville WA 6007
(Note: this is not the Loftus Recreation Centre, although it is in the same complex.)
Cost: Members/affiliates $12, non-members $18, student/concession $9 (tea, coffee and light snacks will be provided)


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Registrations close: Wednesday 14th November 2018
Bookings are essential!