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.

Australian editing qualifications

Editors come from a variety of fields, with varying qualifications and degrees which have helped prepare them for a career spent polishing text. At the society’s November meeting, we will profile Australian degrees and courses which editors have used as jumping boards to their careers, or professional development for their skill sets.

Where: Tom Dadour Community Centre, 363 Bagot Road, Subiaco WA 6008 | Google map
When: Tuesday 19 November, 7.30 pm
RSVP and queries: to Amanda Ellis

How to edit poetry, spoken word style

The way words flow onto the page or into one’s ear is important. It is more important when it comes to poetry, lyrics and spoken word. Come along to the next meeting to find out how words are used to emphasize, seduce, trick, cajole and entice the listener and indulge your ears instead of your eyes with language.

Among the performers at this month’s meeting will be society member and Perth-based poet Jackson who teaches poetry and recently returned from a national tour. Come along and enjoy a free glass of wine.

Where: Tom Dadour Community Centre, 363 Bagot Road, Subiaco WA 6008 | Google map
When: Tuesday 17 September, 7.30 pm
RSVP and queries: to Amanda Ellis, at amanda@amandaellis.com or on 0438 003 868

Society of Editors (WA) is turning 21!

We’re 21!             

An evening of reminiscence and celebration

The Society of Editors (WA) Inc. was inaugurated in 1992. We are hosting this evening as a celebration of the society’s 21st year. Founding members James Hansen, Amanda Curtin and Anne Surma will speak about their connection to the society and relate how their participation has helped other editors. Current members are also welcome to share how the society has helped them develop their careers. Members may have moved to other cities or roles but they served to solidify the foundation of our editors group today. Please invite other editors!

Tuesday 20 August – BOOK NOW!

Where: Bluewater Grill, Heathcote Reserve,

56 Duncraig Road, Applecross
Located within the Heathcote Reserve of Applecross, Bluewater Grill is a beautiful heritage building with spectacular views of the Swan River and Perth city.

Time: 6.30 pm for drinks, 7 pm for dinner, until late

What: Set entrée, choice of two main courses and beverages (with vegetarian option)

Cost: members $55, non-members $65

RSVPs and bookings essential by 13 August

Email robinb@westnet.com.au. Please advise if you
would like to say a few words about your history with the society or working as an editor.

REGISTRATION FORM

Please complete the form below and email or post to the Treasurer (addresses below).

I would like to attend the society’s 21st birthday party on Tuesday 20 August 2013.

Name_______________________________  Friend or partner’s name__________________________

Email address________________________ Contact phone number____________________________

Any dietary requirements?______________________________________________________________

Will you say a few words?  Yes ?   No ?

Payment options Direct deposit / EFT: Unicredit. Account name – Society of Editors (WA) Inc.
BSB 806 036. Account number 17594. Include your name in the reference field.
 Cheque/money order enclosed for
$ __________________     *
*The society is not registered for GST; therefore, this amount is GST free.
Send the registration form to treasurer@editorswa.com or post to 24 Illowra Way, Duncraig WA 6023, to be received no later than 5 pm 13 August 2013. Receipt for payment and confirmation of booking will be emailed to you.
More information – Robin Bower, robinb@westnet.com.au

Speaker biographies

James Hansen

James Hansen joined the society in its foundation year and is an honorary life member. He was a committee member for many years. Now retired, James has been a high school teacher (English and geography), educational media producer, equal employment opportunity officer (Education Department of Western Australia), editor, and lecturer in traditional English grammar (at the meeting, you can buy his little book Take Charge! Using apostrophes and plurals correctly: an easy, friendly guide). James has also published a couple of short stories.

Dr Amanda Curtin

Amanda Curtin has been a freelance book editor for nearly 30 years and now sits on both sides of the red pen. She is the author of two novels (Elemental and The Sinkings) and a collection of short stories (Inherited), has a PhD in Writing and is accredited (AE) with the Institute of Professional Editors. She joined the Society of Editors WA in its first year, when the most important piece of editorial technology was a red pen (along with a box of HB pencils, an eraser, a pencil sharpener and many bottles of whiteout).

 

Dr Anne Surma

Anne Surma is a senior lecturer in the English and Creative Arts program at Murdoch University. She teaches at undergraduate level and also supervises several postgraduate students working on topics ranging from creative writing to literary representations of cultural identity. Anne has also worked in private industry as an editor and writer and as a workshop facilitator and consultant, advising on communication strategy and practice. She has written book chapters and refereed journal articles, as well as two monographs: Public and professional writing: ethics, imagination and rhetoric (Palgrave 2005) and Imagining the cosmopolitan in public and professional writing (Palgrave 2013). Anne holds the honorary title of Distinguished Editor, conferred by the Institute of Professional Editors, and between 2006 and 2011 she was the WA delegate on the IPEd Council. Here Anne led the process for revising and updating the ‘Guidelines for editing research theses’, which were nationally endorsed by the Deans and Directors of Graduate Studies of Australian universities in November 2010.

Winter seminar 2013 – Editing with impact – BOOK NOW!

EDITING WITH IMPACT

SCIENCE, STANDARDS AND STYLE SHEETS

Where: Room 111/112, Building 3, Edith Cowan University, 2 Bradford St, Mount Lawley

Time: 8.30 am for 9 am start; close 4.15 pm

Cost: $125 members; $150 non-members (lunch included)

RSVP 12 July 2013

Saturday 27 July

David

Keynote speaker: Professor David Lindsay, AO, editing science

 More highlights:

• How to create a style sheet

• Clear expression

• Ethics for editors

• Cite it right

• A keen eye for graphics

Don’t miss out. View the seminar flyer. BOOK NOW.

Email: kcoyle@westnet.com.au or jknight@flyingedits.com.au to submit your registration form.

November networking meeting: defamation

Date: Tuesday 20 November 2012
Venue: Tom Dadour Community Centre, 363 Bagot Road, Subiaco
Time: 7.30 – 9.15
Cost: Members $5; non-members $10
RSVP: 19 November 2012 to Jan Knight

Tea, coffee, and biscuits will be provided.

Defamation in publications
At our final networking meeting for 2012, guest speaker
John Hammond, Director of Hammond Legal, will take us
into the tricky topic of defamation, something that every
editor should know about.

Everyone concerned with the writing and distribution, or
republishing, of defamatory matter may be liable – the writer,
editor, publisher, printer and, to some extent, distributor, although
it is a defence if secondary distributors such as librarians and
newsagents prove they did not know that the publication contained
defamatory matter.

Hughes, B (ed) 1993, The Penguin Working Words: An Australian Guide to Modern
English Usage, Penguin Books Australia Ltd, Ringwood, Victoria, p. 165.

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Editing therefore requires knowledge of the following matters:
… A3.1 Current definitions of libel, defamation, obscenity,
discriminatory language, intellectual property, plagiarism, moral
rights and copyright, and their implications for a publication.
Council of Australian Societies of Editors 2001, Australian Standards for Editing
Practice, South Australia, p. 2.

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Getting indemnity insurance for work doesn’t necessarily indicate
that something is dodgy.
SoE(WA) member, 2012

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Pretty much every large corporation or government department I’ve
worked for in the last ten years has required my company to carry
professional indemnity insurance.
SoE(WA) member, 2012

October networking meeting: Cooking writer, editor and teacher Jude Blereau

Date: Tuesday 16 October 2012
Venue: Tom Dadour Community Centre
363 Bagot Road, Subiaco
Time: 7.30
Cost: Members $5; non-members $10
RSVP: 15 October 2012 to Robin Barnes
barney9277@optusnet.com.au
Tea, coffee, and biscuits will be provided.

Cooking with words

Our guest speaker is Jude Blereau, who will speak on writing and editing a cook book. This is a topic that has been requested a number of times and will be very interesting. So come and enjoy a very different topic. Jude has been asked to bring along her latest cook book for sale, if you would like to purchase on the night, it will be cash only and retail for $45.00. Read more on Jude Blereau at the website <http://www.wholefoodcooking.com.au>.

Jude Blereau is a natural foods chef, author, food coach, cooking teacher and real food activist who has been involved with the organic and wholefoods industry for more than 18 years. She first became involved in the natural food industry while living in the US in the late 1980s, where she was inspired by the work being done in health and nutrition. She returns there often.

In 1997, Jude co-founded The Earth Market, a much loved wholefood store and café in Perth, Western Australia. In 2001, she founded Whole Food Cooking. Her focus is on helping people learn about good food—what it truly is, where to get it, how to use it—and to give them the tools and information they need to make healthy eating a part of their everyday lives.

Jude released her first cookbook Wholefood … heal, nourish, delight in March 2006, and her second Coming Home To Eat … Wholefood for the Family in March 2008.

August networking meeting — preparing for the accreditation exam

Topic: Preparing for the accreditation exam
Speakers: Accredited editors who have passed the accreditation exam

This will be an interactive session facilitated by Accredited Editors Cheryl Bettridge, Michele Drouart, Amanda Curtin, Margaret McNally, Jan Knight, Sue Thomson and Kerry Coyle. Bring your Style manual and any other resources you use with you.

The Curtin Uni publication, Treading water while the sharks are circling, designed as a guide for first year uni students sitting exams is a useful guide for anyone who has an exam looming and current Australian standards for editing practice will be distributed to all those who would like one.

The format will be something along the following lines:
Part 1: Tackling the exam 10 mins
This section covers time management, what to do first, using your strengths to their best advantage when choosing questions, etc.
Part 2: Be prepared 10 mins
This includes what to take in to the exam and how to make best use of the website.
Part 3: Survival guide 10 mins
How to remain calm and combat your nerves; hints and tips. General questions.
Part 4: Practice makes perfect (all panellists to assist group) 60 mins

Exam (apart from 10 mins to write name and number on each page and 30 mins reading time) is 3 hours. Use reading time to choose questions.

• Part 1 (25 mins)
Distribute practice papers and read intro. Read Part 1 instructions. Give 20 mins for group to answer the 24 short questions (allocation in exam is 20% so approx 36 mins). Give answers.

• Part 2 (15 mins)
Read page 6 and do some of the style sheet together as not everyone may have done one before. Examples.

• Part 3 (20 mins)
4 of the 12 need to be answered in approximately 72 mins. Let’s look at question 1.  4 of the 6 parts 1.1 to 1.6 need to be done (approx 5 mins to spend on each). Allow everyone to choose four and do them in 20 mins (cross of 5 minute intervals). They can then look at their answers and see how they went.

Hopefully these exercises reassure people that they can work within the exam’s timeframes. Remember some areas will be easier for an individual than others, so the percentage split is really just a guide. 

Wrap up and questions

Date: Tuesday 21 August 2012
Time: 7:30 pm
Venue: Tom Dadour Community Centre, 363 Bagot Road, Subiaco
Cost: $10 non-member; $5 members
Tea, coffee and biscuits will be provided.
RSVP barney9277@optusnet.com.au

April networking meeting: wonderful web wizards

Date: Tuesday, 17 April 2012
Venue: Tom Dadour Community Centre, 363 Bagot Road, Subiaco
Time: 7.30–8.30 pm
Cost: Members$ 5; non-members $10
Tea, coffee and biscuits will be provided.

The April networking meeting will focus on website design and marketing. Based in Fremantle, Media on Mars design  solutions is a company passionate about great web  design and boasts a talented group of web and print  designers. We are lucky to have  Kammi Rapsey, principal, to present about web  design and how to make it work for you.  Kammi’s passion is aesthetics. Her unique approach to design draws on her background in fine arts and her appreciation of good communication. As well as being a designer, Kammi is a qualified art and media teacher. Her capabilities extend to photography, three-dimensional design, art direction and web design.

In addition to Kammi, committee member Marisa Wikramanayake will present about various aspects of websites, including the basics of how a site is built, Search Engine Optimisation (SEO) and marketing. She’ll also show how we as editors can use our websites, and how we can help our clients get the best out of the website text they send us.

RSVP 13 April 2012 to Robin Barnes on barney9277@optusnet.com.au.

Notice of Annual General Meeting 2012

Date: Tuesday, 6 March 2012
Time of AGM: 7-7.30 pm
Panel discussion: 7.45-8.45 pm
Venue: Tom Dadour Community Centre (east wing), 363 Bagot Road, Subiaco (almost opposite King Edward Memorial Hospital)
Cost: Free for members/$10 non-members

Tea, coffee, champagne and strawberries will be provided.

Members are invited to nominate for committee positions for the 2012–13 year.

The Management Committee consists of: President, Vice-President, Secretary, Treasurer, and at least four general committee members.

Nominations must be in writing (see AGM 2012 Nomination Form), signed by both the nominator and nominee (both must be members of the Society), and delivered to Robin Bower at or before the AGM.

PANEL DISCUSSION
We are delighted to have two speakers from the bookselling industry: Alan Sheardown from Crow Books and Jane Seaton from Beaufort Street Books. The AGM event is to celebrate the entry of two relatively new ‘bricks and mortar’ booksellers into the industry and to hear what they have to say about the challenges of establishing new businesses in the changing world of bookselling. To underscore the theme of celebration, we’re having champagne and strawberries.

RSVP 28 February to Robin Barnes