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October 2021
Vol. 2 No. 9 | ISSN: 2652-5836

Feature article

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Around the edges in a COVID-19 world: navigating academic editing in Australian universities
I volunteered to report on this session on academic editing because that’s my own field, but I found it offered excellent professional development advice that extended beyond that specialty.
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IPEd news

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Profile — Mike Lim AE
In this issue of Gatherings, we profile Mike Lim AE, SCAANZS Acting Chair. When and why did you join IPEd? I first joined in the late 1990s because I was trying to make it as a freelancer.
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Accreditation renewals due in 2021

Renewal of accreditation — data analysis from the AB
The Accreditation Board has now completed accreditation renewals for the 2011 and 2016 cohorts of AEs, and congratulates all 63 successful applicants.
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Non-fiction-editing mentorship: case study
From a mentee — I sought mentorship in developmental and structural editing because, although I had experience in copyediting and proofreading, I needed to develop the skills and confidence to zoom out to see the larger picture of writing.
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Overview of New Zealand universities’ thesis-editing guidelines — new resource for members
IPEd’s Standing Committee on Academic Editing (SCAE) has summarised the thesis-editing guidelines and policies of New Zealand universities to help members.
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General interest

Editing for sensitivity, diversity and inclusion
Renée Otmar’s workshop before the IPEd conference on editing for sensitivity, diversity and inclusion offered lots of insights into how inclusion works and fails.
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Accessibility in mind: what editors need to know about creating accessible content
Starting the IPEd conference with a workshop was helpful to get into a learning mindset and a good way to start communicating with editing colleagues.
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Creating a thriving business by understanding your mindset
Dr Malini Devadas AE sure knows how to pack a punch.
As a marketer with many years’ experience, I knew what I needed to do to revitalise my editing business in this new-normal COVID-19 world.
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Editing and publishing silenced and under-represented voices
Jodie presented the results based on her research involving Spinifex Press and Wild Dingo Press, and multiple authors they have published.
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Book review: Reading like an Australian writer
Reading like an Australian writer presents 25 essays on the craft of writing literary fiction and some of the purposes such writing can serve.
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Member meeting’s speaker: Pip Williams, author of The dictionary of lost words
As a writer as well as an editor, it’s hard for me not to “fangirl” gush about Pip Williams’ presentation. Pip gave a fascinating account of writing The dictionary of lost words, from idea to final draft.
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Cryptic crossword No. 11
ACROSS 8. CHO won’t let you go out — tread the room, say, instead (4-2-4, 5) 9. Where can’t you go under 8A? With first lockdown, leave crap hotel confused (3, 4, 3, 5) 10. Near neighbour lodged in terrace house (4)
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Editing Māori-language text in English-language publications
It’s fitting that I should be writing this during Te Wiki o te Reo Māori (Māori language week). In August, EdANZ members were privileged to hear Pania Tahau-Hodges talking about how to approach editing of Māori-language text in English language documents.
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Which book to read now? What choice do I have?
These are practical questions of accessibility and (very limited) choice for people with a print disability. The World Blind Union estimates that less than 10 per cent of all published book material can be read by people who are blind or have low vision.
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Member meeting’s topic: Online tools to collaborate with others and manage your projects
I’m a list maker. One list that seems to get longer each month is the list of work-related apps and programs that I plan to check out as soon as I find the time.
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Tools for getting your act together
We all have our favourite tools to help get the words right. Sometimes, though, getting down to business in the first place is the challenge.
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EdsQ: Crime fiction

Date: Wednesday 6 October, 6.45pm

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EdNSW: Their life in your hands: Editing memoir

Dates: Saturday 16 October 10am and Saturday 23 October 10am 

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EdsQ: Brisbane social lunch

Date: Saturday 23 October at 12pm

Booking link to come.


EdANZ: Annual Branch Meeting (ABM)

Date: Tuesday 26 October, 7.30pm 

Booking link to come.


EdsQ: Developments in language

Date: Wednesday 3 November 

Booking link to come.


EdANZ: Auckland editors catch-up

Date: Tentatively Friday 12 November, 10am

Venue: Amano, 66–68 Tyler Street, Britomart

Booking link to come.