Winter Seminar 2018 — The ‘good’ editor

25 August, 2018

The ‘good’ editor: practice, principles and ethics

Maybe we have excellent technical skills, grammatical savour faire, and quick turnaround times. What else adds up to making the ‘good’ editor? Is it enough to be technically competent, or is there a broader range of skills we need to consider?

How about sound ethical practices? Does our attention to detail translate into well-written prose? How effectively do we work, and what tools can help us deliver better value for our clients? What communication and personal skills do we need? Do we have to be social media savants?

The 2018 Winter Seminar will explore these and other topics under the one overarching theme: What is it to be a ‘good’ editor? (And when is ‘good’ good enough?)

Saturday 25 August 2018
Time: 9:00 am – 1:00 pm
Place: Mount Lawley Senior High School,
1st Floor Administration Building, 65 Woodsome Street,
Mount Lawley, WA 6050 (see map)


Vanessa Herbert, Director PDT Consultancy
Vanessa has worked as a facilitator, trainer and consultant over the last 25 years with both the public and private sectors. She has extensive training experience in leadership, management, strategic and operational planning, curriculum, communications and performance development. Vanessa will explore the application and implications of the IPEd codes of ethics and conduct in editing practices.

David Lindsay, Emeritus Professor, The University of Western Australia
David worked for 33 years at The University of Western Australia teaching and researching agricultural and animal science. He has been honoured for his work in science communication, and his book: Science Writing = Thinking in Words (2011) has been widely praised. I’ve invited David to share the writing skills he feels are most valuable for editors to help clients tell their story clearly and effectively.

Rhonda Bracey, Contract Technical Editor
Rhonda runs her own business as a contract technical writer and editor for software companies, mining and resources companies, and government departments. Rhonda is a previous Winter Seminar presenter whose expertise in Microsoft Word has helped many editors already. In this session, Rhonda will share practical tips and useful software for improving effectiveness and efficiency in editing.


Members: $90
Student members: $75. Updated: now $33
Concession: $75 (must carry valid concession card) Updated: now $33
Non-members: $120

This is a shorter format workshop than previous years. There will be tea, coffee and something to nibble on but lunch will not be provided.

Register online on the IPEd website (opens in new window)

Mark the date in your calendar: Saturday 25 August

Registrations close: Midday Thursday 23 August

Stephen White
Ph. 0430 921 929