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CEO’s message

We’ve got two exciting announcements this month, following decisions made by the board in a May meeting.


IPEd Conference 2023

We’re very pleased to announce that the 11th IPEd conference will take place in May 2023. Hosted by IPEd’s New Zealand branch, this exciting eight day event will be held virtually in response to our survey to you – our members – about your preferences for the conference. Our survey results indicated that for safety and convenience, the majority preferred a virtual format for our 2023 conference.

In 2023, the theme of this biennial conference will be “Future proofing the profession”. We’ll provide more information on what this topic entails soon, but for now, we can share that it’s looking at ways we can future proof our own individual practice as editors, the profession at large, and the industry.

The IPEd conference is aimed at both in-house and freelance editors at all levels, from entry level to long-term professionals. The event will consist of keynotes, workshops, panels and social activities, offering different professional development activities for beginners and seasoned editors.

As far as we’re aware, the IPEd conference is the only editors conference for Australia and New Zealand. This unique event brings editors from across Australia, New Zealand and overseas gather to share ideas. The conferences have promoted contact among editors, increased research and development in the profession, and strengthened the branches by developing their management skills and attracting members.


Student memberships

We recognise that university graduates entering the workforce often struggle to gain access to entry-level experience, training and steady employment, while quickly losing the financial perks of student discounts.

That’s why we’re excited to announce that our board recently decided to create another tier of membership. Soon-to-graduate student members will soon be able to renew as a graduate for one year after they complete their studies and pay the same membership fee as the student rate.

Pending approvals and updates to our membership policy, this change will come into effect in the new financial year.


Author/Editor episode #05

IPEd and the Brisbane Writers Festival’s Author/Editor series continues to impress, with its insights about the dynamic and collaborative relationship between authors and their editors.

On 9 June 2022, episode #05 will be released, and it will feature award-winning gothic fantasy author Angela Slatter, her editor at Titan Books, Cath Trechman, and the illustrator for her works, Kathleen Jennings. The trio explore the intricacies of writing, editing and illustrating for fantasy.

The Author/Editor series is supported by the Copyright Agency Cultural Fund.

To listen to episode #05 or for more information, check out the Brisbane Writers Festival page.


A huge thank you to IPEd’s mentoring program founders

As Ted Briggs AE and Elizabeth Manning Murphy DE step down from their roles as the founders and force behind IPEd’s mentoring program, we thank them for their dedication, hard work and heart for nurturing the next generation of editors. Ted and Elizabeth have passed the baton on to Elizabeth Beach PhD AE, who is the new chair of the mentoring committee.

Read more about Ted and Elizabeth’s immeasurable contributions in A fond farewell.

Warm regards
Karen Lee