June 2017

Gippsland Editors to Meet in Inverloch

The Gippsland group will gather again at 12 noon on Thursday 3 August at Jjara’s Farm Gate, Café and Winery in Inverloch. It’s been a while since we last met, so we are looking forward to sharing each other’s company and enjoying yet another delightful location in our region. Anyone wishing to join us or learn more can contact Caitilin on 0421 545 282 or email hello@artfulwords.com.au.


Welcome to the June letter for Editors Victoria. We’re hoping to get lots of responses to Jackey’s call for new committee members, including her successor as president. If you’re good with numbers, please consider joining the executive as budget officer.

There’s good news for IPEd conference attendees, or those considering going, with a subsidy offer for Editors Victoria members.

It seemed time to find out a bit more about Karen Lee, CEO of IPEd – she’s our Q&A subject this month. We also note the career of one of our founders, Ruth Dixon, as the first anniversary of her death approaches.

We have updates on a couple of editing prizes and a new ‘tips and tricks’ column. Plus the regular information on meetings and training courses, social media, new members, etymology, typo and world wide web link.

Margie Beilharz
Newsletter editor

Report from the President

The rose-tipped clouds outside my window signal the end of another day of words and work, as Melbourne’s radiant autumn sunshine wanes. But it’s also the beginning of the night and the delicious agony of indecision over which gig to go to – we Melburnians are totally spoilt for choice with our rich calendar of arts events.

Writing this piece signals not only the end of one month and the beginning of another but also a new phase in the history of Editors Victoria. We are preparing to farewell committee members who’ve become colleagues and friends as we worked together. And the flip side is that we’ll be welcoming new people to our team.

Last week our full committee of executive and subcommittee members met with a whopper agenda where we looked at the big picture, collecting our thoughts on strategy to share with IPEd in preparation for its face-to-face meeting of all branch councillors in Sydney at the end of May. Our newly formed conference subcommittee shared some ideas it’s been formulating for the 2019 national IPEd conference in Victoria – totally exciting!


Can You Handle a Spreadsheet?

As Jackey mentioned, we’re seeking a volunteer to take up the budget officer role on the executive committee. This is just one of the many tasks Charles Houen has been doing for Editors Victoria, and is relatively simple (compared with some of his other duties, such as secretary and IPEd transition) for someone who can wrangle a spreadsheet.

The budget officer is responsible for developing the branch budget, based on input from the other portfolio officers of the executive committee.


Subsidising IPEd Conference Costs for Victorian Members

Editors Victoria has established a $5000 support fund to encourage attendance by Victorian members at the 2017 IPEd National Editors Conference in Brisbane by subsidising some of the associated costs. Applications to this fund are now open to any current financial member. In the spirit of fairness and collegiality, we intend to distribute this amount equally among all eligible Victorian members who apply before the earlybird registration cut-off date on 13 July 2017.


Upcoming Dinner Meetings


Live FAQ with Jackey Coyle and Peter Riches

This is a meeting like no other! With two expert editors as our guides, we will be tackling the tricky questions in a Live FAQ format, where we can use our collective experience and ideas to support each other and come up with creative, workable solutions. So bring your questions or just come to listen and learn. Editing may be a solo practice, but that doesn't mean you are alone.

Wednesday 14 June
6pm (for 6.30pm); dinner to be served at 6:45pm
Members (and affiliate members) $32, non-members $40
CQ Functions, 113 Queen St (cnr Lt Collins St), Melbourne
Register at the MEMNET portal 
Bookings close Friday 9 June


Editors Victoria Training Courses

Structural editing: Introductory
with Susan Keogh
Saturday 3 June
Centre for Adult Education (CAE), 253 Flinders Lane, Melbourne
Bookings have closed


News on Two of IPEd’s Awards

Robyn Williams, a Master of Communication student from Deakin University, was awarded the IPEd Prize 2016 for her essay, Defamation laws: A tale of two civil actions. See the announcement, and read the essay, on the IPEd website.

Annabel Blay, executive senior editor at Harlequin, was the 2016 winner of the Beatrice Davis Editorial Fellowship, which is supported by IPEd, the Australian Publishers Association and the Australia Council for the Arts. The fellowship funds a three-month research project and travel to the US. Annabel’s report on her fellowship is on the APA website.

Membership Matters

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

Kathryn Chowanetz
Margaret Geddes
Danielle Vecchio
Julie Stevens
Florence Nulens
Stephanie Downing
Belinda McInerney
Rebecca Rose

Amy Stephens
Sonya Murphy

Nicole Mathers
IPEd Membership Officer

Tips and Tricks: Clever Ways with Word Toolbars

tips and tricks

NSW editor Hilary Cadman, an MS Word tools and add-ins guru and trainer, has some brilliant suggestions in her recent blog post ‘Making the most of the QAT’.

‘The what?’ you might ask.

She’s talking about the ‘quick access toolbar’ in MS Word.

By default, this toolbar (which usually sits just above the ribbon) has only a couple of items, such as Save and Undo. You can add other commands you use frequently (or ones you consistently have trouble finding on ribbons or menus etc.)

One of Hilary’s suggestions is to add the current style. Here it is in my toolbar: