IPEd Editors Conference

The 10th IPEd Editors Conference will be hosted online on Monday 28 June 2021 to Wednesday 30 June 2021.

IPEd Strategic Plan

IPEd Strategic Plan July 2020 to June 2023.

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April 2021

Vol. 2 No. 3 | ISSN: 2652-5836

Feature article IPEd news General interest  Branch news    Events


Feature article

Great moments in editing

I was originally asked to address the role of editing professionals about the emergence of artificial intelligence (AI) and assistive technologies. I found this an intriguing premise, not least of all because I knew very little about AI and assistive technologies for editing. At least, I thought I did.

IPEd news

CEO’s message

The Australian Society of Authors (ASA) and IPEd have collaborated to develop a joint sample letter of agreement between an editor and an author.
The agreement is provided as a guide that editors and authors can adapt for their circumstances, adding specifics about the work and the commercial terms.


2021 IPEd Prize winner

Greta Lukavic, a student at the University of Melbourne, has won the 2021 IPEd Prize with her essay, ‘Analysing the Legal and Ethical Issues Arising from Margaret B Jones’s Love and Consequence: A Memoir of Hope and Survival and Localising the Ramifications of Publication’. Pamela Hewitt spoke with her.

AIWP Chair’s journey through IPEd and editing

This issue of Gatherings profiles AIWP Chair Julie Ganner.
When and why did you join IPEd? I joined IPEd … well, before it was IPEd. In the pre-internet 1990s, the only way to keep up with what was happening in our profession was to join an association, so I joined the Society of Editors (NSW).

Conference update 

Editing on the edges: The IPEd Conference 2021 is only three months away and counting. The EdTas conference committee is busy creating an online program that is bursting at the seams with a full workshop schedule, outstanding keynotes and presenters. 

IPEd’s Mentoring Program

Ted Briggs AE and Elizabeth Manning Murphy DE co-founded the IPEd Mentoring Program for editors, which evolved from a pilot program instituted by the Canberra Society of Editors (CSE) in 2012. 

Retired editor shares freelancing tips

This is the first story in our new series of profiles featuring retired editors. Meet editor Jackey Coyle. 
Greetings from the netherworld of semi-retirement. Last year COVID created an alternate reality when stay-at-home activities took over living on tapas between wine-tastings at Spanish vineyards — hence the ‘semi’. 

Bringing the accreditation exam online
The Accreditation Board spent much of 2020 investigating and evaluating ways to fast-track bringing the accreditation exam online. 

Children’s classic comes to life

In the first of the Editors and Authors in Conversation podcast series, hosted by IPEd and BWF, author Mem Fox, who penned the classic children’s book Possum Magic in 1983, joined Jane Covernton, the editor and publisher who helped it come to life. 

General interest

The origins of bureaucratese
Biotext Director Kylie Evans uses her expertise to create clear, powerful communication. Here she shares some thoughts about the spread of ‘bureaucratese’.

How are editors perceived?
Many people have a negative mindset about certain occupations. What’s your first thought when you hear: used-car salesperson, journalist, barrister, tattoo artist or politician?

Call for nominations: ANZSI Indexing Awards and the John Simkin Medal 2021
The Australian and New Zealand Society of Indexers (ANZSI) invites publishers, booksellers, editors, librarians, indexers and interested persons to provide nominations for the John Simkin Medal 2021.

Book review: Rebel without a clause, by Sue Butler
Over the past couple of months I have enjoyed dipping in and out of the latest book by former editor of the Macquarie dictionary, Sue Butler. 

Cryptic crossword No. 6

ACROSS: 7 A flower for a boofhead and complete mug! (9) 10 Island prison guard stripped, even burnt, and beaten (5) 11 How far down does heartless death hold power? (5) 12 Us canines can be pains in the neck! (9)

Demystifying poetry editing
Last month, Wellington’s Fringe Festival had plenty of New Zealand poets showcasing their talent. This month, poets around the world are participating in National Poetry Writing Month (based in America), where each day a prompt is uploaded on the site and those participating respond with a poem.

Editors Canada conference discount
The Editors Canada conference, Editors 21: Editors Transform! will be online this year on 12 and 13 June.
As an IPEd member, you are eligible for the Editors Canada member rate for early bird registration of $CA399 (before 26 April) or regular registration for $CA499.

Advanced Word workshops

The Editors NSW branch ran two online workshops on Advanced Microsoft Word for Editors in February, presented by Denise Tsagaris via Zoom. 

Adelaide Writers’ Week breakfast
As Writers’ Week dawned in Adelaide, six members of Editors SA gathered for breakfast on North Terrace. 
This was only our second opportunity to meet in person since this time last year, so we greeted each other enthusiastically and enjoyed exchanging news. 

Cursive handwriting’s hidden value
The deeper we journey into the digital age, the more that skills such as cursive writing are being removed from school curriculums. 

Branch news


  • What do you want from your membership?
  • New members
  • Three new accredited editors for our branch
  • Past event
  • Coming events


  • From the committee
  • Sydney got together — again
  • Newcastle editors get together
  • Events


  • President's message
  • First EdsQ regional members forum
  • Cuppa catch-up 
  • Stay connected


  • Upcoming event
  • Communications report


  • From the President
  • Member profile: Dr Eve White AE


  • From the President
  • Finding the missing link
  • New members
  • New member profile: Victoria Ryan
  • New member profile: Claire Duffy
  • EdVic February speaker meeting
  • Freelance capers in Castlemaine
  • Professional development news

  • Message from the President

  • Congratulations new AEs

  • Social events

  • Book publishing in WA with Per Henningsgaard


EdNSW: Trivia night
Tuesday 6 April, 7pm
Book here

EdsQ: Conversation with Craig Munro
Wednesday 7 April, 6.45pm 
Book here

EdsQ: Cuppa catch-up 
Wednesday 14 April, 9.30am
Booking link to come. 

EdANZ: Dunedin editors lunch
Friday 16 April, 12.30pm
Venue: Nova Café, 29 The Octagon, The Exchange, Dunedin
Book via email

EdSA:  Coffee and conversation 
Saturday 17 April, 2pm 
Venue: Sfizio Cucina e Caffé, 89 The Parade, Norwood SA
Book here


EdWA Café Society 
Tuesday 20 April, 6pm 
Book here

EdANZ: Panel discussion: Working with trade publishers
Monday 3 May
Booking link to come.

EdNSW: Plain English
Tuesday 4 May, 7pm 
Booking link to come. 

EdVic: Dance steps to reboot for the new future 
Saturday 22 May, Monday 24 May, Wednesday 26 May, 10am
Book here.
EdNSW: Pragmatism overrides ethics? Editing for clients in Dutch academia
Tuesday 1 June, 7pm
Booking link to come. 

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