June 2019


Welcome to this Conference Special Edition bumper newsletter for June.

Phew! We made it through the crazy, public-holiday month of April, the exciting and action-packed month of May, and now we’re into the sobering mid-year month of June, of cold days and wintry nights and back to regular routines and EOFY tax returns. 

May has peaked so far for events happening both near and afar – we had a new Royal baby, Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor, born in the first week, the 9th 2019 National Editors Conference in the second, and the Federal Elections won and lost in the third – a lot of attention grabbers to contend with, and Mother’s Day to boot.

May is also the month when formal training began for ambassadors in the IPEd Ambassador pilot program and the BELS certification exam also took place. Details are elsewhere in the newsletter. 


From the president

by Susan Keogh DE

The conference is already a fading memory – but what a conference it was! A gathering of editors that will live on in legend – and Facebook videos (how many people do you recognise in that conga line?). It’s true that you get out of something what you put into it, and we were so lucky that Renée Otmar at considerable cost to herself, put so much into organising it, inspiring her committee to do the same. Thank you to each and every one of you – you put in, we benefited: it doesn’t seem quite fair. Roll on Tassie in 2021.



2009 and 2014 Accreditation Renewals

by Katie Lawry

Accredited Editors who received accreditation in 2009 and 2014, renewals are now open!

Renewal submissions for the 2009 and 2014 cohorts are open until 15 August this year. Official notification should have been received from IPEd, with your personal link to the renewal form. Although submissions are open until August, it is a good idea to do this early as the year will only get busier. 



2019 IPEd Conference



Around 300 editors attended the Conference held at the Pullman Melbourne On The Park. Personal reflections received provide a vivid image of the pitch and keynotes of the Conference program (photos are posted elsewhere in the newsletter):


1st coverage: Conference impressions

by Tess Moloney 

I haven’t been to an editors’ conference for some years and, apart from the odd software training, I hadn’t done much formal external professional development for years either, so the idea of two days of listening and reflecting on language, editing practice, the profession and industry was a treat.

From the start, at the welcome drinks on Wednesday evening, I experienced pleasure from being with people who, in a broad professional sense, shared my interests. It was legitimising to be among peers and to realise I had connections with some attendees, some over many years. I recognised people I had met at RMIT when we were students, at assorted workplaces, and over dinner at SocEdsVic (as it was once called) meetings in Carlton.


Events update

Report on 30 May dinner meeting

by Marie Pietersz

A small group of members gathered back at our familiar city venue, CQ Functions, to hear Dr Joe Reich, ophthalmologist, professional medical writer and novelist speak about his authoring in two very different genres – medical and fiction. He told the story of his writing journey, starting with lecturing to medical students, to writing notes for medical journals, then entering the Women's Weekly short story competition with a story written in a day and finishing up as a finalist. He related how he arrived at the story plots for his four books, with one on the way, and read excerpts from them.


Q&A interview

Dr Lisa Lines AE is a director and head editor of Capstone Editing, a specialist academic editing company. Lisa is an academic editor, historian, author and former professor of history at the University of New South Wales Canberra. She specialises in the history of the Spanish Civil War and the prevalence and influence of plagiarism and academic integrity in higher education. One of our members, she has kindly agreed to share her academic editing experience with us. We have followed this up in our Q&A with her.

How has your month been?

My answer to this question is, "Always busy". Luckily, that’s how I like it.


Training update

Training held

2019 IPEd Ambassador pilot program

The first formal training was held on 27 May for the 18 IPEd Ambassadors appointed to spearhead this pilot program. Communication tools and a raft of training materials for generalist and academic ambassadors to use as the basis for their presentations have been prepared. Ambassadors from all states are raring to go. More news as the program develops.


New members

by Nicole Mathers

We are pleased to welcome new members who have joined or upgraded since our last report:

Imogen Bannister

Cathrine Thorsen
Kathryn Edgeworth.


Typo of the month

Oh, dear! What's with the 'i' before the 'a'?
A mix-up of the 'i' before the 'e' rule, perhaps!

Didn't worry the kitchen staff, I'd say!
Good spellers and proofreaders not a priority for a busy kitchen.


Conference photo gallery

Photographic moments to remember captured by avid Conference attendees:  


Row 1 L-R: Conference Convenor Renee Otmar, EdVic President Susan Keogh
Row 2 L-R: IPED Board Chair Kerry Davies, IPEd CEO Karen Lee
Row 3: Organising committee 

IPED Conf Susan welcomeIPED Conf Renee welcome

                                                                   Karen welcome

Kerry welcome

IPED Conf organising committee