Past Events

Wondering what our dinner meetings are like? Here are some we've put on in the past.

October 2016 Dinner Report: Alice Pung and New AEs

by Sophie Dougall

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Author and editor Alice Pung (Photo: Nicole Mathers)

A group of over 30 editors came out of winter hibernation to gather at CQ Melbourne on 19 October to be entertained by award-winning author Alice Pung.

Before we heard from Alice, Jackey Coyle, Steph Heriot and Joely Taylor presented four of the newest Accredited Editors with their certificates. It was interesting to hear that Victoria achieved the highest pass rate, with 13 new AEs, of which 11 are Editors Victoria members (and were listed in the last newsletter).

Then, in a change of pace, Kate Cuthbert introduced Alice Pung, author of the Australian bestseller Unpolished Gem and editor of Growing up Asian in Australia.


July 2016 Freelance Lunch Report

Despite the cold northerly winds on Wednesday 27 July, 15 editors gathered at the Fitz Cafe in Fitzroy, including people not yet members but thinking of joining. It was a great opportunity to meet new and old friends, and conversation was lively as discussion clusters shifted along the long table. Topics included the challenges of getting consistent workflow, mentoring, the big editing websites that are driving price-cut business models, and working with amateur publishers. Thesis editing was also on the menu for discussion, with people reporting the experience of actually been asked to write the thesis.

The Fitz continues to be a very hospitable venue, capable of handling the needs of a big group, including fluctuations in table requirements, without fuss or imposing on their regular clientele.

Anne Gugger
Freelance subcommittee

June 2016 Dinner Report: News Media

by Sophie Dougall

Panel at the June dinner meeting

Left to right: Kate Cuthbert, Veronica Sullivan, Izzy Roberts-Orr, Erik Jensen, Brigid Delaney. Photo: Nicole Mathers

Over 60 members and friends got together at CQ Events on 15 June for our dinner meeting to discuss news media. We were treated to a fabulous panel of Veronica Sullivan (formerly of Kill Your Darlings), Izzy Roberts-Orr (The ReReaders), Erik Jensen (The Saturday Paper) and Brigid Delaney (The Guardian Australia), expertly moderated by Kate Cuthbert.

A lively and robust discussion ensued, covering topics from news audiences, advertising and how to create authority and informed voices to the topical issue of paying for content.