November Freelance Lunch

A record number of freelance editors – 32 to be exact – turned up to the November freelance lunch at The Fitz Café. Editors came from as far afield as Frankston, Geelong, Ballarat and Gippsland. There were a number of new Editors Victoria members, several members who were attending their first freelance lunch and a couple of guests too.

Many of us finally met in person some of the editors we had been conversing with in theSecret Editors' Business Facebook group. It was also an occasion to catch up with people we had met at Editors Victoria training sessions and events earlier in the year.

The restaurant was absolutely buzzing as the conversation flowed. Discussions covered many topics: pet peeves about word usage (‘whilst’ was a big no-no); editing US English and how US English is creeping into the Australian vernacular; how we became editors; editing and writing courses we are doing or have done; the recent Redact weekend; what the country Victoria editors’ groups are up to; difficult clients; current projects; and juggling family life with freelancing.

The next Editors Victoria Freelance Lunch will be held at the same venue in late January 2016. Don’t be shy, come and join us! It’s a great way to meet new people and feel part of a community of like-minded individuals.

Harriet Empey
Freelance affairs subcommittee