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May 2022
Vol. 3 No. 4 | ISSN: 2652-5836

Feature article

Dr Renee Otmar

The winner of the 2022 Janet Mackenzie Medal

IPEd is proud to announce that the very worthy recipient of the 2022 Janet Mackenzie Medal is Dr Renée Otmar DE.

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IPEd news

CEO column
CEO’s message

In this month’s Gatherings, we cover COVID-19 disaster relief resources that may assist if your small business has been affected by the pandemic, the winner of the 2022 Janet Mackenzie Medal and IPEd at the Brisbane Writers Festival.

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Brisbane Writers Festival 2022
IPEd at the 2022 Brisbane Writers Festival

Come and listen to IPEd’s Ruth Davies and Agata Mrva-Montoya at their respective, not-to-be-missed sessions at the Brisbane Writers Festival on 5 May 2022.

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Helen Bradford on a cycling adventure
What do endurance athletes and editors have in common? Editor Helen Bradford tells us more

We interview New Zealand-based editor, Helen Bradford, who competes in triathlons, Ironman races and multi-day cycling adventures for fun, and has a background as an international development worker in Asia and Africa.

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Accreditation renewals due in 2021

Why sit the accreditation exam?

If you are considering whether to sit the accreditation exam – either this year on 22 August, or in future – here are a few factors that might influence your decision.

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General interest

Deep dive with editor Ellen van Neerven: on empowering first-time authors

“Sue Abbey taught me that the gold standard is to work with a writer so that they are supported on the current book and through the process feel like they have gained tools and skills to bring to the next book.”

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Event report: Finding clients, with Malini Devadas

This thought-provoking online workshop encouraged participants to consider three important questions, the answers of which are needed to develop a marketing strategy that provides opportunities for lead generation and client longevity.

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Reading the past

What do the books on your shelves say about you? Do you keep them all and never part with any? Are they a varied representation of different stages of your life and your interests? 

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Event report: BookTube and the publishing industry

BookTube is a niche community within YouTube that talks about books with content including book hauls, reading wrap-ups, to-be-read lists, vlogs and more. In this community of avid readers, 34% read 10–49 books per year, 32% read 50–99, and 27% read more than 100 books a year.

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Event report: Self-publishing for editors, with Rebecca Freeman

The motivations and expectations of authors can help guide editors to establish parameters, set realistic expectations and adjust their communication style accordingly.

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Event report: Fiction in translation

We discussed Tayeb Salih’s Season of migration to the north, in the context of the history of Sudan and its relationship with both Egypt and Britain, as well as looking at the intertextual references to Shakespeare, Edward Saïd, Ford Madox Ford and Ferdowsi. 

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Event report: Crafting raw memoirs

A memoir is about both the outcome – the memories and learnings of a person – and the process – how the person shares their most intimate memories and experiences. What are the several steps in writing and editing a memoir?

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EdVic: Grammar in a nutshell – workshop

Dates: 1.00 to 4.00 pm AEST for all sessions, Friday 6 May and Friday 13 May 2022 (series 1); Friday 24 June and Friday 1 July 2022 (series 2 – repeat)
Location: online via Zoom



EdSA: Coffee chat – IPEd accreditation exam

Date: Saturday 7 May 2022, 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm ACST

Location: Sfizio Cucina and Café, 89 The Parade, Norwood

Book: here.


EdVic: Editors dinner – Melbourne, South East Region

Date: Wednesday 11 May, 6.00 pm AEST

Location: Wheelers Hill Hotel, 871 Ferntree Gully Rd, Wheelers Hill. Hosted by AJ Collins

Book: here


EdVic: Editors afternoon tea – Bendigo (Bendigo Writers Festival)

Date: Saturday 14 May, 3.00 to 5.00 pm AEST (to allow for briefer drop-ins)

Location: Wine Bank on View, 45 View Street, Bendigo; hosted by Stephanie Holt

Book: here


EdANZ: Discover the New Zealand Government’s guidance on content design

Date: Thursday 19 May 2022, 11:30am to 12:30pm NZST

Location: online via Zoom

Details: The presentation offers best-practice advice to help you design or edit useful, readable and inclusive content for your clients – including use of grammar and punctuation, plain language, content design tools and resources.

Book: here. Bookings close Sunday 15 May 2022.


EdVic: Editing art writing – Zoom cuppa

Date: Thursday 19 May 2022, 11.00 am to 12.00 pm AEST

Location: online via Zoom

Book: here


EdWA: Tax for freelancers with Bob Poolman

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

Location: online via Zoom

Book: here


EdVic: Indexing: adding to the editor’s skillset – workshop

Dates: Tuesday 24 May 2022, 1.00 to 4.00 pm AEST and Thursday 26 May 2022, 1.00 pm to 3.30 pm AEST (two-session workshop)

Location: online via Zoom

Book: here


EdVic: Editors lunch – Queenscliff (Queenscliff Literary Festival)

Date: Saturday 28 May, 12.15 to 1.45 pm AEST

Location: Yard 58 café, 58 Hesse St, Queenscliff. Hosted by Liz Atkinson

Book: here


EdWA: Read like an editor book club – endings

Date: Tuesday 7 June 2022, 6.00 pm to 7.30 pm AWST

Location: TBC

Book: TBC


EdWA: Artificial intelligence and editing with Amara Motala

Date: 16 June 2022, 6.00 pm to 7.00pm AWST

Location: TBC

Book: TBC

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