October 2017


Welcome to the October newsletter, which features news from the 8th IPEd National Editors Conference held in September, plus lots more.

One of the themes I followed at the conference was academic editing, with a workshop and a number of presentations tackling the topic of the extent of editing that is permissible for postgraduate theses. (Conclusion: the guidelines need updating.) Along those lines, our Tips and Tricks column this week features an article by academic editor Diane Brown on her approach to editing theses.

Although we’re still looking for someone to take on the President’s role, our committee is full of ongoing and new members. We include the full list, which includes two new faces on the executive committee: Sally McInnes as events officer and Maryna Mews as professional development officer (and also mentoring officer).


President's Report

Welcome to October! We’re beginning the last quarter of 2017 with a sense of optimism after a convivial, stimulating and collegial national conference last month in Brisbane.

Lorna Hendry and Sophie Dougall did us proud when they wrapped up with a shout-out for the 2019 conference, which we’ll be hosting in Melbourne in May 2019. Their presentation was themed around Melbourne as Australia’s UNESCO City of Literature, featuring local writerly haunts as well as our laneways and buildings. They presented delegates with a beautifully designed bookmark and a save-the-date postcard, as well as chocolate-coated coffee beans and a red heart for the love of words. Our conference organising committee has been hard at work for several months now – they’re still interested in more members to help with the plethora of tasks involved. 

Another highlight was the IPEd plenary session where CEO Karen Lee outlined the new strategic plan. Like many others, I was pleased to have the vision of the way ahead mapped out in detail, and clear actions and timelines to ensure that this vision will become reality. Asking lots of questions helped us all get to grips with the nuts and bolts.


Editors Victoria Committee 2017–18

This is the list of our current committee members.


President: TBC

Vice-President: Mary-Jo O’Rourke

Events: Sally McInnes

Secretary: Charles Houen

Freelance Affairs: Mary-Jo O’Rourke

Communication: Margie Beilharz

Professional Development (PD): Maryna Mews


Conference Wrap

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Around 270 editors attended the 8th IPEd National Editors Conference in Brisbane last month. The Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre was a lovely venue – and provided great food! The nearby river and gardens were great for a break, and the CBD was just across the bridge.

At the conference, delegates were kept busy with workshops (preceding the conference), a welcome reception, plenary sessions, three conference streams and the conference dinner.



I’m not 100% sure I went to the IPEd Conference. I keep looking at the program I brought back, thinking, ‘I’ll have to go to that presentation. And that one’.

And then I realise I’m back in Melbourne, the conference is over and the next one is not until May 2019 in Melbourne. (Note that in your diary, underlined, BOLD CAPS: MELBOURNE, May 2019. No excuses.)

Or maybe I went to the conference but never came back. Although that doesn’t explain what I’m doing sitting at a computer in a house in Melbourne.

So, okay, I went to the conference. It was very intense, rewarding and refreshing. I took away a nugget of knowledge from every presenter. Well, not every: two presentations would have been more use if they’d been turned into Charlie Carp. But that still leaves 28 presentations that were Not Charlie Carp.


Rosie Award Recognises ‘Alchemy’ of Editing

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(L-R) Marion Halligan, Rosie Award recipient Jacqueline Blanchard, IPEd Chair Kerry Davies. Photo: Christine Atkinson

Australian editors are being recognised for their contribution to the national culture through a new award from the Institute of Professional Editors (IPEd).

IPEd Chair and award founder Kerry Davies said the Rosanne Fitzgibbon Editorial Award, known as the Rosie, recognises excellence in editing and was launched in honour of Rosanne Fitzgibbon, a Distinguished Editor (DE) and former editor at the University of Queensland Press (UQP). The award was formed after Ms Davies attended the Queensland Literary Awards in 2013, where very few winners acknowledged the contribution of their editors.

‘The Rosie is a vital step towards greater recognition of editors and the value they bring to the written word', Ms Davies said.


Conference Blog Reports

Here are a few reports I've found. Many thanks to those attendees who have taken the time to share their experiences.

Rhonda Bracey, of cyberText consulting, blogged detailed reports of workshops, panels and presentations she attended, and added suggestions for organisers and thoughts about taking time to debrief after a conference.

Marisa Wikramanayake blogged in detail on the conference, including panels she was involved in (freelancing, mentoring building alliances) and presentations she attended. She’s also posted her screencast about how to use a nifty service called IFTTT (If this, then that).


IPEd 2019 in Melbourne: The Planning Has Begun

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Events Report and Upcoming Dinner Meetings

Sally McInnes, incoming events officer

I am pleased to be joining the Editors Victoria executive committee as events officer. A big thank you goes to Kate Cuthbert, events officer of the last two years, and outgoing subcommittee members Sophie Dougall and Natasha Saltmarsh for all their work in organising the events program. I am looking forward to working with the current events subcommittee members, Zoi Juvris, Jessica Hoadley, Annie Collins and Danielle Vecchio. I encourage any members with ideas for future meetings to contact the events team. Input from members is always useful in helping to plan a program that can best reflect members’ interests.


Tips and Tricks: The Perils of Pauline – Editing Research Theses

Dr Diane Brown is a professional member of IPEd and Editors Victoria, and freelances full-time as an academic editor and consultant to Australian universities. A version of this article was first published in the South Australian branch newsletter, the Word (September 2017 issue).

Since I wrote this, I have heard from colleagues that the panel on academic editing at the Brisbane conference was lively and heated! It is regrettable that I could not attend. This article is my contribution to the ongoing discussion and debate on editing research theses.

There is an increasing interest in, and market for, editing and proofreading research theses.

This trend, tied to the exponential growth in the number of international students in universities (and other private educational institutions), is not about to reverse in the short term.