Professional development

Professional development (PD) can mean furthering our experience in what we do daily. It can also be increasing our experience and knowledge by expanding our editorial horizons. As described on the IPEd website:

Lifelong learning and education is essential for the professional development of individuals, and the health and relevance of the profession at large. Professional development may include:

●  attending the biennial national conference
●  working with or as a mentor
●  attending seminars and workshops organised by branches
●  writing occasional papers on matters of interest to the profession
●  undertaking long or short courses in editing or related fields.

The annual branch Winter Seminar is the premier PD opportunity for editors in Western Australia, although many of the general meetings organised by and for members of Editors WA also include elements of PD. These range from ‘How To’ sessions on particular aspects of editing, through topics about language and the interface between writing, editing and publishing, to sessions on business practice for freelance editors.

From time to time, resource material from branch PD meetings is posted here for attendees to refresh their memories. That material is then available for those who were not able to attend to see what was discussed and also benefit from the expertise of editing colleagues. A list of topics from late 2016 onwards follows.



BRANCH MEETING TOPICS

Referencing refresher: emerging issues for editors

Was held on: Monday 20 February 2017
Presenter: Dr Stephen White, Geological Survey of Western Australia


World English and ‘Other’ Englishes – Whose English Is It?

Was held on: Monday 21 November 2016
Presenters: Ilsa Sharp, Catherine Schwerin, Dr Helen Renwick

NEWS

  • Staff changes in IPEd national office

    5 March 2017

    New secretary for IPEd There has recently been an important change to staffing in the IPEd national office. Margaret Telford, IPEd secretary since 2013–14 has resigned for personal reasons. Margaret has been an invaluable, highly professional and highly respected secretary … Read more

  • Society of Editors (WA) now closed

    4 March 2017

      Cancellation of incorporation The Editors WA branch committee received notice on 15 February 2017 that the Department of Commerce had approved the application by the Society of Editors (WA) to cancel incorporation and wind up. Cancellation of incorporation was … Read more

  • 8th IPEd National Editors Conference

    14 February 2017

    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, … Read more

  • Book review: Writing for science journals

    20 December 2016

    by Geoffrey Hart Diaskeuasis Publishing Quebec, Canada, 2014 Web: http://www.geoff-hart.com/index.html Online bookstore: Printed version of the book Review by Stephen White (Editors WA) In science publications as anywhere, it remains largely the case that early-career scientists are supposed to learn by … Read more