March 2020


Welcome to your March 2020 newsletter, the second edition for this year, and, indeed, the last of its brand!

So, in the 50th year of celebrations of the Victorian Branch of IPEd, with a birthday party planned for May, we are saying goodbye to our monthly communique, reporting on the activities of Editors Victoria with faithful regularity, albeit pubished in a few different forms over the years, no doubt. But it seems we are not the only one restructuring the way we do business; we are in company of other great, with the Holden brand of automobile ceasing operations in Australia last month; except for us it will be an onward and upward journey as we herald our new replacement communique, a national newsletter, the first issue due out in April 2020.


Accreditation update

by Katie Lawry AE

The IPEd accreditation exam preparation is now in full swing! This year's exam is on 15 August 2020.

If you have ever wondered what exactly the Accreditation Scheme entails, or who the Accreditation Board is and why we exist, then please join us for a free Q&A session, 3-4pm on Sunday 15 March, via Zoom. An email invitation to register was sent to all members at the end of January, and you can also register via MemNet to get the Zoom link. Please note that this Zoom session is about accreditation generally, rather than the specifics of the exam.


Mentoring for Accreditation exam preparation

by Maryna Mews

Mentoring can be a way of getting personalised assistance when preparing for the Accreditation exam. The exam is scheduled for Saturday 15 August 2020, but it’s not too early to start your preparation and study. 


Accreditation Exam Preparation workshop

Date: Saturday 2 May 2020
Time: 1:30pm–5:00pm
Venue: Multicultural Hub, 506 Elizabeth St, Melbourne (opposite Victoria Market)
Refreshments: Afternoon tea/coffee. Lunch is not provided.


Members remember

by Jane Fitzpatrick AE

With Editors Victoria turning 50 in May, we thought this was a good time to celebrate how the organisation has enriched members’ professional and personal lives. We asked a bunch of members for a (very short) account of an Editors Victoria memory that meant something to them.

If you have a story about a stand-out moment or memory that you would like to share in the next newsletter (50–100 words), please send it to edvic.vicepres@iped-editors.orgwith the subject line ‘Members remember’.



Book review: Dreyer’s English: An Utterly Correct Guide to Clarity and Style by Benjamin Dreyer

by Marja Stack

This month’s book review comes courtesy of our friends at the Aotearoa New Zealand branch of IPEd. It was first published in the EdANZ Newsletter of Nov/Dec 2019.

I confess to never having read a style guide or grammar book from cover to cover. Until now. I watched a video clip of Benjamin Dreyer and author Rachel Joyce discussing the copyediting process of their books, and was inspired to buy Dreyer’s book. (I also bought Joyce’s book, Perfect, which I can recommend too.)


Event held: 27 February dinner meeting

On 27 February, 27 guests (members and affiliates) attended our dinner meeting at CoffeeHead Cafe, Camberwell, to hear Dr Euan Mitchell, author, editor, publisher and lecturer in professional writing, speak about the role of the editor in ebooks and self-publishing.  Dr Mitchell is the author of Feral Tracks and Your Book Publishing Options: How to Make and Market Ebooks and Print Books.

It was the first dinner meeting for the year, at our familiar, very pleasant inner-eastern venue, providing nice ambience, delicious food, and very interesting topic and speaker, all conducive to an enjoyable meeting had by our members.


Events: diary dates


Book these dates in your diary. 


Thursday 12 March – Freelancers' picnic 

Enjoy the beautiful surroundings of the Fitzroy Gardens in the company of your fellow editors. BYO food, water, sun protection, rug. Meet at Captain Cook's Cottage at 12.30 pm, or at the nearby Kere Kere cafe if the weather is ‘challenging’.


Training held: Working Grammar workshop

If grammar is a superpower, hand me my cape!

by Michelle Manly AE

On Saturday 15 February, a roomful of editors and writers put themselves into the capable hands of Glenys Osborne for a whirlwind tour of the nine main parts of speech and how they behave.

Glenys took us through nouns, pronouns, determiners, adjectives, verb, adverbs, prepositions and more. It was a packed day with plenty of interaction, lots of questions and many informative and entertaining explanations of tricky grammar points. As Glenys says in her notes: ‘Actively using grammar and appreciating grammatical processes can add much to any writer’s or editor’s practice (and life) by offering a range of choices about how to express a thought, and about when, how and even whether to intervene editorially’.


Training coming up: Punctuation refresher


Time: 10.00am–5.00pm
Date: Saturday 21 March 2020
Venue: Centre for Adult Education, 253 Flinders Lane, Melbourne CBD (check the screens above lifts for room number on the day)
Refreshments: Muffins, gourmet biscuits, tea and coffee. Lunch is not provided.

Presenter: Ann Philpott

Ann Philpott is a freelance editor, proofreader, indexer and trainer, who works for book publishers, educational institutions and corporations. She is currently editing novels, papers and presentations for past students and academics, and lecturing at Swinburne University of Technology in the areas of editing, grammar, punctuation and writing in the Faculty of Arts, Department of Professional Writing and Editing, where she has been teaching for the past eight years.