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

The ingredients for editing cookbooks with Jude Blereau

1235280_658984820787615_327826813_nJoin us at our next meeting for an insight into editing cookbooks with chef, author, and food activist Jude Blereau.

Jude has been involved with the organic and wholefoods industry for more than 18 years. 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 believes healthy food both nourishes and delights. She has published four cookbooks, the most recent of which, Wholefood Baking, was released in May, 2013.

At our meeting Jude will share her experiences and demonstrate her talents both as a writer and as a chef.

Where: Tom Dadour Community Centre, 363 Bagot Road, Subiaco WA 6008
When: Tuesday 15 October, 7.30 pm
RSVP and queries: to Cheryl Bettridge, at cheryl.bettridge@education.wa.edu.au or robinb@westnet.com.au
Cost: $5 members, $10 non-members

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.

No networking meeting in July | Save the date for our birthday!

Please note that there is no networking meeting for members in July. The committee will meet to discuss planning for the rest of the year. The next members’ meeting will be at our 21st birthday party.

The society is celebrating its 21st birthday party!

Save the date (Tuesday 20 August) to celebrate the founding of the society 21 years ago with dinner and drinks. More details will follow soon.

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Christmas on the foreshore

Join us for some informal networking and seasonal fun on Sunday December 2 at 5 pm, at the South Perth foreshore.

We’ll meet at the Narrows end of Sir James Mitchell Park, adjacent to the car park that’s at the end of South Perth Esplanade. There are BBQs and toilet facilities and plenty of shade. Bring along your picnic or BBQ food and we will supply snacks, wine, soft drink and games! (A folding chair might also be a good idea.)

RSVP to Tanya Marwood by Saturday Dec 1.

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

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

Free workshop to revise editing standards

You are invited to attend a workshop to revise the ‘Australian standards for editing practice’. The ‘Standards’ underpin the work of all editors and are the basis of IPEd’s accreditation exam.

Kerry Davies, AE, president of the Queensland Society of Editors, will facilitate the meeting to be held in Perth on Saturday 18 February.

A flyer and all the papers are attached FYI.

If you can attend this important event, please enrol as soon as possible. More details about what is needed will be sent to members who enrol or who express an interest.

Please don’t hesitate to ask if you have any questions.

EVENT: Revision of IPEd standards

VENUE: Tom Dadour Community Centre, 363 Bagot Road, Subiaco

DATE: Saturday, 18 February 2012

TIME: 9.45 am for 10 am, finishing at 4 pm

COST: Free

Lunch and refreshments will be provided.

*****  ENROL ASAP to kcoyle@westnet.com.au *****

Documents required
1. Discussion paper

2. Current version of Standards

3. Most recent draft revision of Standards

4. A track changes comparison of 2 and 3 above

5. Professional Editorial Standards, Canada 2009

6. SfEP Code of Practice Ensuring Editorial Excellence UK 2005 with special attention to sections 5 and 6