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Welcome to the March newsletter for Editors Victoria, a branch of the Institute of Professional Editors (IPEd). This month, two participants in the IPEd National Mentoring Program – a mentee and a mentor – give personal stories of their mentoring partnership. The mentoring program, coordinated in Victoria by Louise Zedda-Sampson, is a fantastic professional development opportunity for Australian editors – these tales may inspire you to participate, either to learn or to guide.

Natasha Saltmarsh reports on the fascinating discussion with commissioning editor and writer Angela Meyer at the February dinner meeting, led by Events Officer Kate Cuthbert, also a commissioning editor. The evening was both informative and fun. I met three new members there, just some of the 11 new members listed this month.

Both regional editors’ groups – in Gippsland and in north-east Victoria – are meeting this month. We also have an update on the IPEd conference and announce some new training courses (don’t miss the earlybird discounts).

Speaking of discounts, we’ve also organised a discount rate for IPEd members for the Geoff Hart book that we reviewed last month (Effective Onscreen Editing), and for another of his books (Writing for Science Journals). We share a link to a recent review of the latter, written by IPEd Councillor for Western Australia Stephen White.

We also have Jackey’s update from the president’s chair, upcoming meeting and training dates, a grammar comedy show, etymology, typo of the month, and a reminder of the part-time finance officer position advertised by IPEd (applications close today).

Enjoy reading our news.

Margie Beilharz
Newsletter Editor