March 2017

Training: Earlybird Discounts Take Off

In 2017, we are trialling a 20% earlybird discount on course fees for our well organised, plan-ahead members. Early indications are that it's a successful initiative, with strong early bookings that appear to be increasing slightly the number of participants. This is good news for Editors Victoria as well as for members who are now paying less than previously for their courses.

This year, we are also more clearly grouping our courses into editing, business and technical skills; and editing genres. Our editing skills courses started in February with the first of Glenys Osborne's three highly successful grammar for editors courses – introductory, intermediate (18 March) and advanced (1 April).


Part-time IPEd Finance Officer Position: Closing Today

The Institute of Professional Editors (IPEd) is seeking a part-time finance officer to maintain its financial and accounting systems, and support IPEd’s operations. Applications close 5pm today (1 March)! The finance officer will be responsible for all aspects of IPEd accounting, banking, payroll and BAS returns.

More info on the IPEd website.

Etymology: Enfranchise

deriving from the Greek for 'true' (eteos/etymos) and 'word' (logos)

Curious about the origin of a word or term? Send it to us and we shall go forth and investigate.

When businesses are under pressure over wage scandals (no names, but something about convenience stores and pizzas … sshhhh), and as their 'franchisees' cop the brunt of the blame, it seems apt to look at the derivation of the word 'enfranchise'. It may indeed be enfranchisement that these underpaid workers (and the franchisees) seek.


Membership Matters

We are pleased to welcome the members who have joined since our last report.

Kristina Tutic

Tatiana Frances
Hayden Jones
Daniel Godman
Lynne Collis
Erin Polmear
Val Gyde
Leanne Grech
Philippa Bishop

Jessica Zibung
Andrew Lawlor

Nicole Mathers
IPEd Membership Officer

World Wide Web: Grammar at the Melbourne Comedy Festival

‘I dream my perfect guy is out there but I just haven’t met him yet. He’s far too busy walking around fruit and veg markets erasing the apostrophes from tomato’s and potato’s.’ Melbourne-based comedian and actor Louisa Fitzhardinge is presenting her show Comma Sutra at the upcoming Melbourne Comedy Festival. I suspect it will go down well with editors, especially as she writes on Facebook: ‘… here's a sneak peek (not a sneak peak, that's absurd) of Comma Sutra …’.

If that sounds like your kind of show, check it out at

Typo of the Month

Let’s hope there are no ructions at these corporate ‘fuctions’ – an unfortunate typo prominently displayed at the front of this NSW venue, where Rebecca O’Dwyer spotted it.

Typo Fuctions