December 2017


In this final newsletter of the year, following hot on the heels of our excellent Christmas dinner event last night, we look ahead to 2018. The events and professional development teams have already planned a new program of training courses and dates are set for the accreditation exam in May and our first dinner meeting in February. You could make 2018 very special with some funded travel – check out the Neilma Sidney Literary Travel Fund.

There is still one more event in 2017: an afternoon freelance Christmas get-together at the Fitz, where you can celebrate a great freelance year, or even just an upcoming Christmas break, with your fellow freelancers.

In committee news, we update you on our latest activities, introduce the new IPEd communication officer (an Editors Victoria member – hello, Melanie!) and put out the call for a new training officer for Editors Victoria. Sadly, Pam Firth has found herself too busy to stay in the role. You’ll be able to hit the ground running as the next six months is already planned, and the role has valuable benefits.

Our round-up of the interesting and unusual (or unfortunate in the case of our typo of the month) includes a literary travel grant, AMOSS on the move, a way to make better use of your browser, and useful links from the UK and Canadian editing societies. The latter is a review of a new book called What Editors Do. In case you were wondering.

Have a happy and safe Christmas and New Year.

Margie Beilharz
Newsletter Editor

AMOSS Moving to the Macquarie

The Australian Manual of Scientific Style (AMOSS) was developed by Biotext as an Australian scientific and technical resource for writing, editing and presenting data. It’s currently available on subscription (with a discount for IPEd members, which of course includes members of Editors Victoria).

Launching on 7 December in Sydney is a new partnership between AMOSS and Macquarie University, publisher of the Macquarie Dictionary. The joint publishing partnership will result in further development of the manual as one of a number of resources in a new Australian StyleHub.

More info on the Macquarie University website.

Neilma Sidney Literary Travel Fund

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Editors can apply for a literary travel grant ($2000 – $10,000) from the Writers Victoria Neilma Sidney Literary Travel Fund (supported by the Myer Foundation). The focus of your proposed travel should be on professional or creative development.

Over three years, the fund will award $300,000 in grants – to writers, editors, agents, publishers, booksellers and other literary professionals (emerging, mid-career and established).


Kat Muscat Fellowship 2018

The Kat Muscat Fellowship offers 'professional development up to the value of $3,000 for an editorial project or work of writing by a young (up to 30) female-identifying or non-binary person'. The theme for the 2018 fellowship is 'Challenge'.

The fellowship is awarded by Express Media in partnership with the family of Kat Muscat, who was an incredibly talented young writer and editor at Express Media until her untimely death in 2015.

Applications close on 14 January 2018. Find out more on the Express Media website.

Branch Meetings

Freelance Christmas Get-together

4pm Tuesday 12 December
The Fitz Cafe, 347 Brunswick St, Fitzroy (corner Kerr St)

Join your freelance colleagues for an end-of-year get-together and mix some networking with some pre-Christmas socialising. Enjoy coffee and cake or drinks and nibbles at our regular venue, The Fitz Cafe, on Tuesday 12 December from 4 to 6 pm.

Register at the MEMNET portal.

Next Dinner Meeting Tuesday 22 February 2018

Put Tuesday 22 February 2018 in your diary – that’s our next dinner meeting. Details to come.

Happy New (Training) Year!

We have our training program for the first six months of 2018 locked in and there are some great courses to choose from: some tried and true, some new and some exam preparation. Choose your not-to-be-missed courses and mark the date in your diary now. Bookings for the first course are already open, so jump in!

17 February Grammar for Editors: Introductory

Trainer: Glenys Osborne
Centre for Adult Education, 253 Flinders Lane, Melbourne


Accreditation Exam Dates

The next IPEd accreditation exam will be on Saturday 19 May 2018.

Earlybird registrations close on Thursday 5 April. Registrations close Sunday 21 April.

Exam preparation events will be held next year – stay tuned. Find out more at

New IPEd Comms Officer

Melanie Sheridan (an Editors Victoria member) has been appointed as the new IPEd communications officer. Like the other IPEd staff, Melanie works part-time; she officially started in the role last week. Melanie’s email address is

We look forward to lots of great info on national IPEd activities from Melanie.

Would You Like to Coordinate Our Training?

As you will have seen above, the professional development team has programmed a fantastic line-up of courses for the first half of next year. Unfortunately, Pam Firth finds herself unable to continue as training officer, so we’re looking for someone to join the committee in that role.

With other subcommittee members, you’ll be ensuring the planned courses run smoothly and planning more for the second half of the year. A huge bonus of this position is that you can attend the courses free. Professional and associate members can take on this voluntary committee role. If you’re interested, please contact Nicole at

Branch and National Activities

At our recent Editors Victoria executive committee meeting, we reviewed the conference committee’s recommendations for a professional conference organiser (PCO) for the 2019 IPEd conference in Melbourne. A PCO was chosen so we are now in a position to draw up a contract, and proceed to pin down dates and venues. We also discussed using some of the retained Editors Victoria funds to produce a history of the society (and now branch of IPEd) while key people involved in the early days are still able to contribute their knowledge. We’ll give our members the first opportunity to put in a quote for this project once we’ve settled the scope and investigated our existing resources.

The new IPEd Standing Committee on Academic Editing had its first meeting, by teleconference, on 2 November. There has been lots of interest from members keen to be involved, and the committee is beginning by establishing its terms of reference.