And that’s a wrap! The conference has concluded for 2023. Thank you to all registrants and presenters. Our next conference is in 2025. Watch this space!


11th IPEd Conference

2–9 May 2023

Where editing and the future meet


Our conference will be held from 2 to 5 May (Tuesday to Friday) and 8 to 9 May (Monday to Tuesday) 2023.

Speakers and times may change.

All presentations will be delivered using Zoom.

Our conference’s main sessions and workshops will happen within these slots:

  • 7 am–12 pm AWST (Perth).
  • 8.30 am–1.30 am ACST (Adelaide, Darwin)
  • 9 am–2 pm AEST (Brisbane, Hobart, Sydney, Melbourne)
  • 11 am–4 pm NZST (New Zealand)

Please note, the workshops are not included in the conference ticket and are a separate professional development package the day before the official event launch. Workshops 1 and 2 run concurrently, as do workshops 3 and 4. If you register for the workshop package, you can register for two non-concurrent workshops.

If you’d like to go to the conference but won’t be able to attend all or any of the sessions, you can access playback facilities for three months afterwards. Playback facilities will only be available for the sessions from 3 to 9 May and not the workshops on 2 May.  Please note, you can only access the recordings if you’re a conference registrant. They will not be available for sale after the event.

Our conference format includes:

  • keynote addresses (30 minutes)
  • research papers (30 minutes)
  • panel sessions (30 minutes)
  • “inside the mind of” (interviews) (30 minutes)
  • workshops (3 hours)

Do you have a burning question you’d like to ask one of the speakers? Several of our panel sessions and the presentation of research papers will include Q&As. 

The workshops provide professional development and practical training and are a great networking opportunity. You could leverage opportunities to collaborate with other editors.

Tuesday 2 May – Workshops

🕘 7 am–10 am AWST (Perth), 8.30 am–11.30 am ACST (Adelaide, Darwin), 9 am–12 pm AEST (Brisbane, Hobart, Melbourne, Sydney), 11 am–2 pm NZST (New Zealand)

Each workshop lasts three hours. Workshops 1 and 2 are at the same time. Workshops 3 and 4 are at the same time.

9 am–12 pm

Write Limited’s workshop for emerging editors

Thomas McGrath

The workshop aims to deliver Plain Language principles that participants can apply to any document they write. By focusing on the ‘big picture’ first, and keeping proofreading as a separate and final task, participants are empowered to make meaningful changes to their work for the good of their readers. The workshop will use a mix of teaching, breakout room discussion, and individual exercises. All participants will need to bring along a piece of their own work to edit on the day. But don’t worry, you won’t have to share anything publicly!

9 am–12 pm

Future-proofing your business: Strategies for getting a steady supply of enquiries as a freelance editor

Malini Devadas

One of the biggest problems most freelance editors have is finding clients. Marketing an editing business is actually quite straightforward, and it’s just the same as marketing any other kind of services business: get clear on who you help and how you help them, tell lots of people about your business and invite the right people to work with you. In this workshop we will look at the mindset and emotional issues that get in the way of implementing a marketing strategy. You’ll have the opportunity to identify and work through your blocks and then you will create a marketing strategy that you can actually implement.

1 pm–4 pm

Beyond Word: open-source editing tools

Darren Goossens

This presentation will examine software that, for example, can search any number of files for specified usages, find and convert any number of files from one format to another and change text within many files with a single command. As the web continues to affect publishing and communications, the need to bring editing expertise into projects that include resources of many different types makes new demands on editors and writers. Tools like those discussed in this presentation help us to meet those demands.

1 pm–4 pm

Writing and editing the “other” in fiction and creative non-fiction

Dr Renée Otmar

Connection, sensitivity and respect are the very heart of what we do as editors. Our editorial practices, recommendations and support for writers are carried through to the reader’s experience, and this elevates our responsibility beyond the nuts and bolts of copyediting.
How do we (ethically) promote inclusion? Representation that is authentic and appropriate to context? Respect and freedom of expression?

In this workshop we will examine debates about artistic freedom, cultural appropriation, representation of culture, ethnicity, neurodiversity and dis/ability, gender identity and sexuality, and the influences of recent social movements such as #BlackLivesMatter, #MeToo and #ownvoices, as well as formal inquiries into widespread abuse, violence and discrimination, on readers’ perceptions.

Outcomes: At the conclusion of this workshop, participants will have gained an understanding of a range of topical debates and their own positions in editing for sensitivity, diversity and inclusion, as well as when and how to engage independent sensitivity readers and editors.

6.00 pm–7.45 pm

Quiz evening

This is an opportunity to kick back, test your knowledge, have fun, meet some of your conference peers in a social setting and win a prize. If you wish to attend the trivia night, please RSVP here to receive a Zoom link.

Wednesday 3 May – Setting the scene

🕘 7 am–12 pm AWST (Perth), 8.30 am–1.30 pm ACST (Adelaide, Darwin), 9 am–2 pm AEST (Brisbane, Hobart, Melbourne, Sydney), 11 am–4 pm NZST (New Zealand)

9 am–9.15 am

Welcome to conference

Ruth Davies, IPEd Chair; Karen Lee, IPEd CEO 

9.15 am–9.30 am

Welcome to country

Dr Mark J Lock

9.30 am–10.00 am

Keynote interview: Adapting to technological developments in language use and publishing

Emeritus Professor Roland Sussex OAM, School of Languages and Comparative Cultural Studies, University of Queensland

Interviewer: Ruth Davies, IPEd Chair

10.15 am–11.00 am

(Im)mutable publishing ecologies and editorial practice in the 21st century gig economy

Dr Katherine Day and Dr Jocelyn Hargrave

11.15 am–12.15 pm

1 pm–2 pm

IPEd Awards ceremony

Progressive dinner across time zones

Thursday 4 May – Vital skills to futureproof your editing practice

🕘 7 am–12 pm AWST (Perth), 8.30 am–1.30 pm ACST (Adelaide, Darwin), 9 am–2 pm AEST (Brisbane, Hobart, Melbourne, Sydney), 11 am–4 pm NZST (New Zealand)

9 am–9.45 am

Keynote: Better books: Cultural intelligence and Indigenous strengths in editing

Dr Sandra Phillips, Associate Professor of Indigenous Australian Studies and Publishing Studies, Western Sydney University


10 am–10.45 am

Neurodivergence and editing: a view from inside

Dr Louise Merrington (Australia) and Tanja Gardner (NZ)

11 am–11.45 am

Trauma-informed editing practice: A framework

Camilla Cripps

12 pm–12.45 pm

Research on and about editing: What we know we don’t know (and how we might find out)

Dr Renée Otmar

1 pm–1.45 pm

Editors in conversation: Australian Editors Series project

University of Queensland Press editors

Friday 5 May – Publishing, and micro-credentials for editing

🕘 7 am–12 pm AWST (Perth), 8.30 am–1.30 pm ACST (Adelaide, Darwin), 9 am–2 pm AEST (Brisbane, Hobart, Melbourne, Sydney), 11 am–4 pm NZST (New Zealand)

10.15 am–11.00 am

Whitireia Publishing’s new micro-credentials in editing

Theresa Crewdson and Odessa Owens, representing Whitireia Publishing

11.15 am–12.00 pm

Books without barriers: A practical guide to inclusive publishing

Julie Ganner, Chair of IPEd’s Accessibility Initiative Working Party;

Dr Agata Mrva-Montoya; Maryanne Park AE and Kayt Duncan

12.15 pm–1 pm

Everything I know about publishing

Odessa Owens and Theresa Crewdson

1.15 pm–2.15 pm

Networking breakout rooms – special interest groups

Monday 8 May – Publishing and information design

🕘 7 am–12 pm AWST (Perth), 8.30 am–1.30 pm ACST (Adelaide, Darwin), 9 am–2 pm AEST (Brisbane, Hobart, Melbourne, Sydney), 11 am–4 pm NZST (New Zealand)

9 am–9.45 am

Keynote: 5 tips for optimising your metadata to boost book sales

Joel Naoum, Head of Trade Product, Booktopia

10 am–10.45 am

Information design as a fourth type of editing: A transformative approach

Rebs Harris

11 am–11.45 am

Making information usable: 3 lessons from the digital disciplines

Caitlin Whiteman AE

12 pm–12.45 pm

Editing all over: perspective of editing practices in New Zealand’s public and private sectors

Thomas McGrath, Colleen Trolove, Megan Bennett (Write Limited)

1 pm–1.45 pm

From perfectionist to alchemist: celebrating the nine lives of the plain English editor

Justine Dixon Cooper

Tuesday 9 May – Editing in the digital age and other digital practices

🕘 7 am–12 pm AWST (Perth), 8.30 am–1.30 pm ACST (Adelaide, Darwin), 9 am–2 pm AEST (Brisbane, Hobart, Melbourne, Sydney), 11 am–4 pm NZST (New Zealand)

9 am–9.45 am

Keynote: AI and related technology in scholarly publishing – a double-edged sword?

Martin Delahunty, Director, Inspiring STEM Consulting

10 am–10.45 am

Editing in the digital age – a near-death experience

Nigel Brew

11 am–11.45 am

Futureproofing the next generation of editors: How mentoring benefits all of us

Elizabeth Beach PhD AE (Chair, IPEd Mentoring Committee)

12 pm–1 pm

IPEd plenary

  • Standards for Editing Practice – Dr Sharon Lierse, Chair of IPEd Standards Working Party

  • Pay rates – Kerry Davies, Chair of Pay and Conditions Standing Committee

  • Accreditation Board – Charlotte Cottier, Chair of the Accreditation Board

1 pm–1.15 pm

End of conference – Farewell from the IPEd Chair and IPEd CEO

Ruth Davies, IPEd Chair; Karen Lee IPEd CEO