Other Related Organisations

Australian Association of Writing Programs (AAWP)

The annual AAWP Conference is an important forum for the discussion of all aspects of teaching creative and professional writing and for debating current theories on creativity and writing. AAPW maintains a comprehensive list of most/all courses in professional writing and editing throughout Australia, including worthwhile contact details.

Australian Booksellers Association

Australian Publishers Association (APA)

The main national employer organisation for Australian book and electronic publishers. It regularly offers training for editors.

Australian Society for Technical Communication (New South Wales) Inc.

Australian Society for Technical Communication (Victoria) Inc.

Australian and New Zealand Society of Indexers

COMjobs is a weekly email bulletin and website that advertises jobs and other opportunities for professional communicators in Australia and New Zealand.

Galley Club of Sydney

Media, Entertainment and Arts Alliance
The Media, Entertainment and Arts Alliance is the union for people working in book publishing, website production, public relations and advertising, as well as journalists, photographers, musicians, actors and others in TV, radio, theatre and film.

The Melbourne Writers' Festival
Organisers of Melbourne's premier literary events - The Age Melbourne Writers' Festival and Writers at Como. Get information on the these and other events, the full program, guest list, special activities and how you can get involved.

National Library of Australia Cataloguing-in-Publication information and CiP Application Online Form

Readings Bookstore
Australian and international books, music, CDs, DVDs from Australia's leading independent bookstore.

Writers Victoria
A not-for-profit organisation which assists writers through the various stages of their development and provides high quality information and professional development services for aspiring and established writers.

A source of information about wages and conditions of employment in Australia for employees who are covered by federal awards and collective agreements.


International Organisations


Editors Association of Canada/Association Canadienne des Réviseurs (EAC/ACR)


Society for Editors and Proofreaders (SfEP)

European Association of Science Editors (EASE)
Includes access to EASE forum (an electronic mailing list) and useful links to related sites.


Editorial Freelancers Association
The Editorial Freelancers Association (US) is a national, non-profit, professional organisation of self-employed workers in the publishing and communications industries.


Editing Resources
The Earth's Biggest Bookstore! Whether you're buying or simply checking bibliographic details, it's worth a look.

Book Depository (UK)
It may not be as big as Amazon, but it's almost always cheaper, primarily because of the free postage to Australia (and everywhere else). There's a US version too, but the UK one is often cheaper.

Chicago Manual of Style FAQ
Questions and answers on issues of (Chicago) style from the people at the University of Chicago Press. Useful and often downright funny answers to queries from editors and writers.

Workshops, newsletter and job opportunities in the US.

Copyediting-l Resources
A collection of useful editing resources, made available by the Copyediting-l mailing list (an American mailing list for editors).

Eats, Shoots and Leaves
How has a book on punctuation become a bestseller? John Mullan talks to Eats, Shoots and Leaves author Lynne Truss in the Guardian about commas, hyphens and the importance of correct colon usage.

Editorium deals specifically with using Microsoft Word for editing. Visit the site to subscribe to the weekly newsletter.

Electric Editors
Among its many attractions, this site offers free subscriptions to three electronic mailing lists, allowing you to discuss matters of interest with other editors.

Guide to Grammar and Style
A miscellany of grammatical rules and explanations, comments on style, and suggestions on usage.

Macquarie University Style Council
The Style Council Centre builds databases of spoken and written Australian English, of Aboriginal English, and conducts surveys on points of language where Australians diverge from Britains and Americans. It conducts regular conferences on the state of the language (known as Style Councils) and publishes their proceedings.

Merriam-Webster Online
A useful resource if you happen to be editing something written in American English. As well as being able to search the WWWebster Dictionary and WWWebster Thesaurus, there are lots of other goodies for linguaphiles, including: Word of the Day and Word Game (both of which can be subscribed to as mailing lists), How a Word Gets in the Dictionary, and a Brief Look at the History of English.

Motivated Grammar: Prescriptivism must die!
The author, a 4th year linguistics student, says: 'A lot of people make claims about what "good English" is. Much of what they say is flim-flam, and this blog aims to set the record straight. Its goal is to explain the motivations behind the real grammar of English and to debunk ill-founded claims about what is grammatical and what isn't.'

National Library of Australia
A good starting point for finding reliable information on the web.

A sophisticated reference-checking program for name + date style (Harvard and APA) references in Word files. The site contains a download section where users can download a free, fully functional 30-day trial version.

The Slot and the BlogSlot
Bill Walsh, author of Lapsing into a Comma and The Elephants of Style, began this website in 1995 and the blog in 2001. It is packed with interesting and amusing tidbits and personal observations that are well worth a read.

Technical Editors' Eyrie
An informative blog designed for technical editors. It is produced by Jean Hollis Weber, a Queensland editor with more than 20 years experience. It includes many useful links to editing resources and tips and tricks.

Web Style Guide
A style guide for websites that includes sections on Interface Design, Site Design, Page Design, Web Graphics, and Web Multimedia and Animation. There is only one chapter on editorial matters, but this is a useful guide for those in the field of website editing to understand the milieu in which they are working.

World Wide Words
This site has been going for years and takes you on a wonderful journey through the English language, especially its quirks and oddities.