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.


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


  • Thesis Editing – where to from here?

    18 February 2018

    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 … Read more

  • Preparing for the Accreditation Exam: Tips, Strategies and Exercises

    2 February 2018

    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, … Read more

  • Join us for a seasonal celebration

    6 November 2017

    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 … Read more

  • Winter seminar 2017

    27 July 2017

    Managing your career – and yourself: smart strategies for time-poor editors Join us for a day of professional development on: Saturday 26 August 2017 – 8:30 AM for 8:45 AM start / 4:00 PM close Room 109, Building 3, Edith Cowan University, … Read more