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
Was held on: Monday 20 February 2017
Presenter: Dr Stephen White, Geological Survey of Western Australia
Was held on: Monday 21 November 2016
Presenters: Ilsa Sharp, Catherine Schwerin, Dr Helen Renwick