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New members

We are pleased to welcome the following new members to Editors WA: 

  • Associates  – Jane Mummery and Michelle Smith
  • Students – Lindie Naude

We welcome you to the branch and look forward to meeting you all at our events and workshops. If you have questions or feedback, please contact our President, Jess Gately, at


Editors WA would like to congratulate two of our student members who were shortlisted for the 2022 IPEd Student Prize: 

  • Madeleine Delany (Curtin University) was shortlisted for their entry “Telling It True: The Path to Accurate Representation of the Published Australian Indigenous Voice” 
  • Kirsty Horton (Curtin University) was shortlisted for their entry “BookTube and the Publishing Industry: A Study of the Commercial Relationship between YouTube Content Creators and Publicists”

This is an awesome achievement and we’re so proud to have you both as part of our branch. 

Keep an eye on your inbox as Kirsty and Madelaine will be presenting their research for us over the course of this year!

Read like an editor

On March 1 we held our first Read Like an Editor Book Club for 2022, this time with the theme of “Introducing Characters”.  

Attendees shared a wide range of books across many genres to spark in depth discussion on how various characters were introduced. Literary techniques were dissected and debated as we weighed up the pros and cons of the different approaches. Some examples include the introduction of the main character through a letter they’d written to a foreign politician, and the introduction of a love interest by comparing them and their imperfections to the person they appear with. 

We also had a spin-off discussion about sustaining characters across longer series. We discussed, “How do authors manage to balance the need for constant character development while maintaining who the character fundamentally is to the reader?” 

The next read like an editor book club will be held in June on the topic of “Endings”. While coming prepared with a book of your choice (one you love, one you hate, or one you’re reading right now) is ideal, you are welcome to just come along and listen to the discussion. 

We look forward to seeing you there!

EdWA reps attend The Business of Being a Writer

Laurie Bradford representing Editors WA at The Business of Being a Writer seminar

Laurie Bradford representing Editors WA at The Business of Being a Writer seminar

Fremantle Press’s annual The Business of Being a Writer seminar was held on Friday, February 25 as part of the Perth Festival Writers Weekend. Editors WA committee members Jess Gately and Laurie Bradford manned a stall at the event to talk to the assembled writers in between panels about IPEd and editing. 

Flanked on either side by the representatives from WA Poets Inc and Pulch Magazine, the Editors WA team had plenty of opportunities to spruik the benefits of editors for writers. The event had an informative and celebratory atmosphere as aspiring authors gathered to garner tips and tricks from publishing professionals and successful authors.


Fiction in translation book club – Season of migration to the north

Date: Tuesday 5 April 2022, 6.00 pm to 7.30 pm AWST

Location: online via Zoom

Book: here

BookTube and the Publishing Industry with Kirsty Horton

Date: 14 April 2022, 6.00 pm to 7.00pm AWST

Location: online via Zoom

Book: here

Tax for Freelancers with Bob Poolman

Date: 19 May 2022, 6.00 pm to 7.00 pm AWST

Location: online via Zoom

Book: here