IPEd Editors Conference

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Society of Editors (NSW) Inc.

In 1978, seven Sydney editors (Bruce Champion, George Morrison, Jim Robins, Gil Teague, Barbara Ker Wilson, Jacquie Kent and Elaine Russell) gathered to discuss the idea of forming a society called ‘The Editors’. The purpose of this society was twofold: to maintain and develop standards of editorial skills and at the same time to promote the exchange of ideas among editors. An interim committee was formed, a constitution drafted and 75 editors attended the first meeting at a venue called Julie’s Swiss Inn, in Sussex Street in the Sydney CBD. The first annual general meeting was on 16 May 1979 and the interim committee members were confirmed in their positions.

The idea was a good one, and ‘The Editors’ grew steadily from these not-so-humble beginnings. Its list of members, patrons and guest speakers over the years has included some of New South Wales’ most admired and respected editors, authors and public figures, such as Hazel Hawke, Beatrice Davis and Jon Cleary.

The society’s constitution stated that membership would be open to anyone engaged full-time in any aspect of book editing, any self-employed book editor and to any former editor in either of those categories. These ideas and objectives were expressed in the first society newsletter, and embodied in society activities such as:

  • developing and valuing affiliations with other editors’ societies and overseas groups
  • establishing a freelance register
  • conducting courses to develop editing skills.

The first professional development meeting was held at the Kirribilli Neighbourhood Centre in Fitzroy Street in North Sydney. Meetings of society members later become a monthly fixture at the Sydney Mechanics’ School of Arts at 280 Pitt Street, Sydney.

Following that first meeting in 1978, there were 70 financial members of the society. A few months later, by the annual general meeting, there were 86. In 1986, the original and economical name of the society, ‘The Editors’, became the ‘Society of Editors (NSW) Inc.’

By 2015, the membership had grown to more than 350. In this year, the society’s members voted to become a branch of the national editors’ peak body, the Institute of Professional Editors (IPEd). In 2016, the society was wound down and replaced by ‘Editors NSW, a branch of IPEd’. As a result of this transition, which became official on 1 July 2016, membership included eligibility for inclusion in an online national directory of editors, attendance at the biennial editors’ conference and ever greater opportunities to develop skills and share ideas.

A record of the society’s events and issues is maintained in the society newsletter. The Editors Newsletter No 1 appeared in February 1979 and was renamed Blue Pencil in 1987. Back copies of Blue Pencil and its predecessor, The Editors Newsletter, are available to members here, where they provide a rich resource for past members of the society and NSW branch members.The full archive of the society’s newsletters is also available via the National Library of Australia as part of the National edeposit service.


Find an editor

IPEd has established the Editors Directory. Clients can search the directory for freelance editors using specific criteria. These will identify editors that have specific interests, skills or experience in certain areas.