Position paper on new Style manual

By the end of our October networking meeting, ‘Defending the barricades—you, me and the Style manual’, attendees were in agreement: Australian editors need a new edition of the Style manual. However, it was evident from the discussion of the evening that there was no clear path to attaining this goal.

The many problems and possible solutions have been distilled into a position paper that can now be read online. This has been developed by SoE(WA) members Michèle Drouart, Satima Flavell, Helen Renwick and Ilsa Sharp, who formed a working group after the meeting to research and explore the future of the Style manual.

It is the hope of the working group and the committee of SoE(WA) that this paper will prompt greater conversation and forward movement at the national level.

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Education and training for editors

If you missed our November meeting on Australian editing qualifications or if you want more information about the education and training we discussed, you can find all the details on the short courses and university degrees available to Western Australians right here.

A new year brings adjustments

It was a sad start to the year with the news of Mabel Kaplan’s passing. Her funeral was a celebration of her life, personality, and dedicated commitment to her community and family. Michele has written a wonderful piece for this month’s Bookworm in honour of Mabel and the contribution she made to her community. We will miss you, Mabel.

The year has geared into action and the committee has started planning this year’s events. Once we have confirmations, we will publicize our events schedule in Bookworm each month. We sent out a request for suggestions and have tried to incorporate some of those we received:  aspects of English usage (James Hansen);  editing for fiction, grammar points, indexing (Liz Tyndall); editing scientific works (Deb Fitzpatrick); romance writing (Carla Morris); dotdotdash magazine (Chris Walker); editing academic papers, making a personal website (Mary Elgar). Thanks to those people who responded.

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