Introducing our Student Advisors

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by Bridget Blair AE

Earlier this year, the Editors Victoria committee decided that our decision making, activity planning and priority setting would benefit from having the perspective of a student currently engaged in an editing course.

Students are often more au fait than working editors with the latest developments in editing practice and the publishing scene, including current debates and new technologies. Having a student advisor to the committee would help us better represent the interests of our student members and ensure that our communication about the organisation is relevant and accessible to new editors. In return, we could offer the experience of working with a professional organisation and informal mentoring to an emerging editor. So we put out the call for applicants for a one-year, voluntary, non-voting position.

We were delighted with the response. In fact, the calibre of candidates was so high that we have decided to invite two student advisors to join our ranks. Please feel free to contact Clare or Rebecca if you wish to discuss any matter pertaining to studying or starting out in the world of editing.

Clare Millar is completing a Bachelor of Arts (Professional) at Swinburne University, with a double major in Professional Writing/Editing and Creative Writing/Literature. She works as a bookseller at Readings and is a poetry editor for Voiceworks. As a writer, she has been published in The Age/Sydney Morning Herald, Kill Your Darlings, Overland, The Lifted Brow and Books+Publishing. Her nonfiction often focuses on Australian literature and the book industry. As a student advisor, her areas of interest are the prevalence of unpaid internships, the shift towards postgraduate study, and inclusive publishing.

Email: edvic.studentadvisor@iped-editors.org 

Rebecca Fletcher is studying the Master of Creative Writing, Publishing and Editing at the University of Melbourne, which she combines with proofreading for the quarterly magazine Gippslandia and freelance editing. She has held a number of positions on committees and focus groups including the Ballarat Writers Committee and has been the Writers Victoria Regional Ambassador for the City of Ballarat. As a mature-age, long-term student, she is aware of the difficulties in entering the editing industry, whether as a publishing professional or as a freelancer, and is interested in developing ways that IPEd can address these issues.

Email: edvic.studentadvisor1@iped-editors.org 

Bridget Blair is a freelance editor and Communication Officer.

edvic.communication@iped-editors.org