April 2014


Friends, Romans, editors, lend us your ears! (Well, technically, eyes.)


Apostrophes 'too hard, outdated'

A proposal has been put to the Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA) to remove the apostrophe from the study of English for Australian students entering primary school from 1 January 2020.


Report on IPEd Workshop/Dinner Meeting

On Thursday 20 March, 48 editors arrived at the IPEd exam preparation workshop with style guides and red pens at the ready.


Workshop for National Mentorship Scheme

Are you unsure whether you have what it takes to be a mentor or what the new national program is all about? Then why not come along to our free two-hour workshop for mentors and prospective mentors.


Conference Announcement

Book early for the SfEP conference: early-bird discount if you book and pay by 18 April.

The SfEP 25th annual conference, which takes place at Royal Holloway, University of London, from 13 to 15 September, is now open for booking. If you book and pay in full by 18 April, you will receive an early-bird discount of £45 for a residential place (£17 discount per day for day delegates).


Micro Mentor

Are you just starting out as an editor? Do you have questions that you'd like to ask someone with a bit more experience and knowledge? Ask away! We'll pass on your query to one of our fabulous and generous editors for some considered and wise advice.


Etymology, or an Ode to the Greek Language

deriving from the Greek for 'true' (eteos/etymos) and 'word' (logos)

Curious about the origin of a word or term? Send it to us and we shall go forth and investigate.


Dear Ed

dearedDire Ed

I'm fairly new to this game of freelance editing and proofreading, and I need your wise counsel. I'm losing sleep and becoming very anxious about everything that I work on. I can't stop worrying that I've missed glaring errors in the copy I'm meant to be checking. In my old job, I was part of a team and we shared the responsibility if something went wrong. Now I feel like I'm the 'end of the line'. Will this anxiety pass, or does it just come with the territory? Should I quit, or harden up?


No Second Chances