March 2016

Have Your Say on MS Word’s Grammar Checker

Nick Hudson, Editors Victoria Honorary Life Member and, among other things, author of Modern Australian Usage (3rd ed, Allen and Unwin) has written a short article on the usefulness (or otherwise) of Microsoft Word’s grammar checker – accessible via

Nick would very much like to hear of other members’ experience of Word’s ‘grammar checker’ (his quotation marks) and your reactions, positive or negative, to his opinion of it. His contact details are at the end of the article.

Computer-generated Writing?

Honorary Life Member Lan Wang sent through the link to this  interesting article, Proposals toward the end of writing, from the blog of the Believer, a San Francisco–based literature, arts and culture magazine. US author Tony Tulathimutte examines how we use software in writing today, the possibilities of computer-generated writing and what future literature might look like. 

Typo of the Month

Certificate typo

Fail, UC Berkeley! But perhaps the unlucky communications graduate, who posted the photo on Reddit, is cheered by having Arnold Schwarzenegger’s signature on his certificate.

Online Editing Courses from Our UK Cousins

The Society for Editors and Proofreaders (SfEP) in the UK runs online editor training courses that may be of interest to Victorian editors. Editors Victoria members receive a discounted rate (select ‘IPEd member’ at Step 1 when booking).

SfEP has recently added a new course, Understanding Academic References and Citations, to its list, which includes courses in grammar, proofreading, copyediting, fiction editing, medical editing and web editing.

Completing some of the courses will qualify you to join IPEd’s (or SfEP’s) mentoring schemes.

The announcement of the update with details of the courses and instructions for Australian editors is available on the IPEd website. Or you can go straight to the SfEP website online courses page.


Aesthetica Creative Writing Award 2016 Call for Entries

For the editors who are also writers: the Aesthetica Creative Writing Award 2016 is now open for entries. It’s an opportunity for emerging and established writers and poets to showcase their work – either short fiction or poetry. Now in its ninth year, the award is presented by UK-based Aesthetica Magazine and judged by literary experts.

Prizes include £500, publication of the winning work, books and subscriptions. The fiction winner receives a consultation with a literary agent. Deadline for submissions (£15 per entry) is 31 August 2016.

Dear Ed

Dear Ed,deared

I’ve started seeing anagrams everywhere. A POST box tells me to STOP. A RAIL sign calls me a LIAR. It’s driving me around the twist. What can I do?

Gordian Knott