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From the committee

The committee has been busy over the past month. The latest EdANZ event was a successful Zoom presentation on the New Zealand Government’s guidance on content design with presenters Rebecca Brown and Hannah Cook, who both work at the Digital Public Service branch of the Department of Internal Affairs. The largest-ever number of registrations for an EdANZ event, 48, is evidence of the interest in this important topic. The event was recorded so if you missed it, it will be available soon on the IPEd events website.

We are looking forward to the workshop with Pamela Hewitt on editing memoir on two Saturdays, 11 and 18 June, and to a Zoom presentation on anti-hustle marketing with Letitia Henville on 30 July.

If you live outside the main cities (Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch), we invite you to host a regional catch-up for you and your fellow editors; the committee will write on your behalf to those members in your area. We currently have 57 branch members, 34 of whom are in the cities. The rest are distributed as follows:

Region Number 

Northland – 3

Tauranga, Thames, Rotorua – 3

Waikato – 2

Hawkes Bay, Napier, Hastings – 3

Whanganui – 3

Nelson, Motueka, Havelock – 5

Otago – 4

Write to Joan Gladwyn at if you’d like to organise a regional catch-up and we’ll do the rest.

New members

Associate members

  • Janet Ruth Jackson

We look forward to meeting you in person. Please reach out if you need help navigating IPEd.

Branch news

Our members involved in winning books

Editors Aotearoa New Zealand is delighted to celebrate the success of two of its members who were involved in the production of award-winning books at the 2022 Ockham New Zealand Book Awards.

Huia Publishers, one of our corporate members, published the book that won the Jann Medlicott Acorn Prize for Fiction. Kurangaituku, by Whiti Hereaka (Ngāti Tūwharetoa, Te Arawa), is a retelling of the myth of Hatupatu, but told from the perspective of Kurangaituku, the bird woman.

The Architect and the Artists: Hackshaw, McCahon, Dibble, by Bridget Hackshaw, won the Judith Binney Prize for Illustrated Non-Fiction. It was copyedited by Susi Bailey, who is an EdANZ member and the branch’s training officer. The Architect and the Artists was published by Massey University Press.

We extend our congratulations to Huia Publishers and Susi.

The winners were announced at a live ceremony in Auckland on 11 May. See the 2022 Ockham New Zealand Book Awards page for full details of this year’s winners.

Forthcoming courses

Their life in your hands: Editing memoir – workshop

Saturday 11 and 18 June 2022 

Time: 12.00 pm to 3.00 pm AEST, 2.00 pm to 5.00 pm NZST (both days) 

Venue: online via Zoom


This workshop is for editors interested in expanding their practice into memoir, and for those who would like to consolidate their skills. It features new content and hands-on activities. 

What makes for a successful memoir? Who owns a life story? The workshop explores the boundaries between memoir, autobiography, autofiction and biography, their current popularity and recent developments. We’ll examine new approaches and some controversies that have arisen as the form has broken new ground in recent years. 

Clients may look to you for more than editing advice. The relationship between memoir editor and client (whether writer or publisher) can be delicate, and there can be thorny legal questions that touch on copyright, defamation and privacy law. We will run through some hypotheticals that include the use of letters, photographs and song lyrics, as well as the status of negative comments about real people. 

It’s not unusual for a memoir to be a writer’s first foray into the world of publishing. While there’s no single way to write about life experiences, certain flaws in manuscripts are common. Using sample texts, we’ll consider ways to overcome structural, style and presentational weaknesses you’re likely to encounter.

What should you do if the manuscript you receive is not ready for commercial publication, even after editing? The workshop delves into ethical questions for memoir editors and considers options for a range of services from developmental editing, beta reading and chapter editing to manuscript assessment. There’s also scope for branching out into writing coaching, ghost writing and offering self-publishing services. 


Pamela Hewitt AE has worked in editing and publishing for more than 30 years. After an in-house career in educational and academic editing, she established a freelance editorial practice specialising in memoir, fiction and narrative non-fiction. Many memoirs she has edited have won literary awards. A qualified teacher, Pamela has presented editing and writing workshops around Australia and internationally. 

Costs: 180 AUD (member); 270 AUD (non-member); 144 AUD (concession); 180 AUD (member of affiliates/reciprocal organisations)


Book: here

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