President’s Report

As we move into spring, and the end of our first quarter as a branch of IPEd, we’re all still wriggling to find a fit in the new system; and the committee is working to implement the changes that our new status requires. You will have noticed the differences in your membership fees, and full members will be pleased that freelance register entries now cost significantly less. I also like the bonus of the online subscription to the Chicago Manual of Style – one of my very favourite references (we’ll get the access details for that soon).

In August we sponsored a masterclass session as part of the Melbourne Writers Festival. This was a fantastic alignment for us – part of the Industry Insights stream, it was run by the notable US editor John Freeman. By all accounts it was a fantastic session, too – look for Sally Holdsworth’s review later in this newsletter.

We signed off the month with one of our biggest dinner meetings, a collaboration with RMIT on a panel session for the next generation of editors, called the Working Editors Toolkit. We subsidised prices to keep them at student level and got the word out to students right across greater Melbourne’s writing courses. And they responded! Attendance was sitting at 112 when we closed off bookings.

Do come to our AGM this month. There will be lots to discuss and it will be your opportunity to find out what your committee members have been doing, and also understand the direction we’re taking as part of a national body. Our local network is even more important now, and protecting the magnificent heritage of Australia’s first and largest society of editors is up to all of us.

You are very welcome to volunteer your time and skills to work as part of one of our subcommittees – we have an amazing repository of talent, skills and knowledge on our team.

Be well.

Jackey Coyle