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

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.

November networking session: editing scientific writing

Details
Date: Tuesday 15 November
Time: 7.30-9 pm
Place: Tom Dadour Community Centre, 363 Bagot Road, Subiaco
Cost: $5 members; $10 non-members
Tea, coffee and biscuits will be provided.
RSVP 10 November Robin Barnes

Fundamentals of science editing

We are very fortunate to have Professor David Lindsay as our guest speaker this month.

Professor Lindsay travels the world teaching researchers about scientific communication. Now an Emeritus Professor at The University of Western Australia, he developed and for many years taught units in science and its communication, and scientific extension, to undergraduates in the Faculty of Agriculture.

Professor Lindsay wrote A Guide to Scientific Writing, which can be found on the bookshelves of most scientists. His new book Scientific Writing=Thinking in Words was published in February 2011.

If you wish to improve the quality of your editing overall or if you have questions about editing technical writing, this is one networking meeting not to miss! Members and non-members are welcome, so bring your friends.

Feel free to promote this session around your networks by using this flyer.

August: ‘Small publishers doing big things’

The publishing industry in Perth is not large but it is varied and vibrant, and it might surprise you to know how many small local publishers are finding niches in the industry and making a stellar name for themselves.

In August, our guests are two such publishers: S.J. (Steven) Finch, editor of the online magazine dotdotdash, and Tehani Wessely, publisher/editor of speculative fiction press FableCroft Publications.

Steven and Tehani will talk about their experiences in producing and promoting their works, and how editing fits into that process. There will be plenty of opportunity for questions, discussion and networking, and books will be available for sale.

S.J. Finch Steven Finch is a current PhD student at Curtin University, member of the Perth Zine Collective, as well as the editor and co-founder of dotdotdash magazine. dotdotdash is a tri-annual creative publication that launched its first issue in September 2009, and publishes creative literature and art with a focus on Australian and especially Western Australian writers. Since the publication of issue 2, the magazine has been distributed in WA and Victoria, and has attracted mention and favourable review in The Australian, The West Australian, Indigo, Sixthousand and The Canning Times. The seventh issue, ‘Sacred’, is being launched later this month.

Tehani Wessely is firmly entrenched in Australian speculative fiction and small press. As well as her role as publisher/editor of FableCroft, she has edited for Twelfth Planet Press, and judged for the Aurealis Awards, the WA Premier’s Book Awards and the CBCA Book of the Year. She also writes reviews, non-fiction and interviews for ASif! and Fiction Focus, and in 2008 was awarded the Ditmar (Australia’s best-known award in the scifi/fiction/fantasy genre) for ‘Best New Talent’. Her latest project for FableCroft is an anthology titled Apocalypse Hope (currently open to submissions).

Date and time: Tuesday 16 August 2011, 7.30–9.15 pm
Venue: Tom Dadour Community Centre, 363 Bagot Road, Subiaco (opposite side and one block east of King Edward Memorial Hospital)
Cost: $2 members; $5 non-members

RSVP 10 August Robin Barnes

Done is better than perfect*

We’ve just passed the hub of the end of financial year which brings renewed enthusiasm in the middle of winter. And then, there’s the lull after rushing to make deadlines. Lulling in the cold is not my favourite kind. It’s hard to get up in the mornings, and even snuggies start to look good.

I can’t help thinking Perthites should never complain about the weather, though, no matter how cold it gets. To keep warm and the brain active, what are your new financial year resolutions? Here are my top ten:

1. Get on my cross trainer (but it’s out in the garage with no heating, she cries!)
2. Do the right thing  
3. Get my draft (or is it ‘daft’) manuscript out of the bottom drawer and do something with it
4. Do more with my blog
5. Find out more about Google+
6. Market our call for a conference logo
7. Practise being a better public speaker (formal and casual). Click here to see one of my fave movie speeches
8. Research how to get more fans on our Facebook page
9. Check out what’s on at the Sydney editors conference
10. Make sure my entry is up to date on the register of editors.

There will be no networking meeting in July. Come back on 16 August and hear about the Perth niche publishing scene and find out who’s playing (and paying) whom in presses and magazines.

In between resolutions, I’ll be looking for new iPhone apps …

Happy editing

Robin

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