Welcome to the August newsletter, which is packed with activity as usual. We have reports from the regions and the freelancers and there are lots of training courses and dinners to look forward to (including two dinner events this month!) There was less activity, we must admit, in the etymology competition we challenged you with last month. Read on to see our Plan B for awarding free tickets to the Melbourne Writers Festival.

Editor and writer Lucy Treloar is under the spotlight this month. Lucy's debut novel, Salt Creek, is in the running for this year's Miles Franklin Award. Once again, this Q&A was organised by communication subcommittee member Sally Holdsworth, who's doing a terrific job finding a variety of interesting editors to tell us about their work. We'd be happy to take suggestions for future interviewees. Send me through any ideas (or volunteer yourself), especially if you think there are areas of editing we haven't covered well to date.

We have news on renewal of accreditation for AEs who sat the exam in 2011, another book review by regular contributor Louise Zedda-Sampson, and Dear Ed takes a flight of fancy that we'll all be able to relate to.

Enjoy the read!

Margie Beilharz
Newsletter Editor