As we look ahead to a future within IPEd, Editors Victoria is clearly in a strong position, with lots of activities and networking for Victorian editors. The activities are not only for the city editors, either: members are meeting regularly in Gippsland and a north-eastern Victorian group is seeking local editors interested in meet-ups. 

In this newsletter, we have details of the first training courses and dinner meetings for 2016, the approaching accreditation exam, an editing fellowship, Dear Ed, a call-out to join us on social media and more.

For those who were unable to attend, we have a report from the December gala event, which celebrated both Editors Victoria’s 45th anniversary and Christmas.

The importance of the professional development activities the society runs is highlighted in Janet Mackenzie’s speech at the anniversary event, which we include in this newsletter. For those of us who are relatively new to the field, it’s eye-opening to hear how editing was barely recognised as a profession back in the 1970s. As for washable ink and bleach! If you weren’t at the event, make sure you read Janet’s description of editing in the days of typewriters and carbon paper. We have come a long way!

In a nicely organised pairing, our Q&A subject this month is Craig Munro, fiction and memoir editor and biographer. To accompany that article, Susan Pierotti reviews Craig’s recently published memoir, Under Cover: Adventures in the Art of Editing.

In what I realise may be missing its intended audience entirely, I want to remind members that if you change your email address, you should update your contact details in the MEMNET Self Service Portal. You can get there by clicking on ‘Account Details’ on the Editors Victoria home page. You’ll need to log in to get to the Member Portal page. Click on ‘My Membership’ to get to the Self Service Portal, and on ‘My Details’ to get to your contact details. If they need updating, click ‘Edit’ on the top right, make your changes and then click ‘Save’.

Don’t miss out on the newsletter and other notices from Editors Victoria by having an out-of-date email address!

Happy editing until next month.

Margie Beilharz
Newsletter editor