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From the committee

by Paul Anderson and Russell Noakes

The EdNSW committee met on 14 September for its monthly meeting via Zoom, with one apology.

Minutes of the August committee meeting were accepted, and the actions from previous meetings reviewed.

Written reports received included:

  • presentations
  • workshops and SCPD
  • membership
  • branch budget commentary
  • mentoring
  • Accreditation Board delegate’s report 
  • IPEd Director’s update.

Our speaker presentation on 7 September was Which book to read now? What choice do I have? presented by Mike Corrigan and Sonali Marathe, from NextSense. The topic was on accessibility for people with a print disability. We received a lot of positive feedback, and it was an inspirational event — both are great speakers and advocates. (See report in the General Interest section in this issue of Gatherings.) A recording of the meeting will be available for online purchase (and free if you paid to attend). 

We hope to get Mike and Sonali back for a follow-up presentation, maybe in the second half of 2022.

Our next speaker presentation, the last for 2021, is on 5 October with Robyn Flemming. Planning is already well underway for our February and March presentations next year. Please contact Kai Jensen AE at to pitch ideas or leads for future presentations that may be of interest to members.

We are reviewing some other (non-Zoom) forms of member meeting and possible ways we can still engage with each other when in-person gatherings are on hold or restricted.

We are hosting a workshop on Editing memoir with Pamela Hewitt in October. The workshop will comprise two sessions, on 16 and 23 October respectively. We have a strong calendar for 2022 — four workshops are being organised.

Seven new IPEd members joined the branch in July. Welcome to you all. There were 372 active financial branch members at 31 August.

EdNSW’s financial position remains sound and is tracking well with the budget. We expect to achieve a net surplus of about $476 in August based on preliminary estimates. 

There were no new mentee or mentor applications. The branch has three mentorships currently active.

Please contact Elizabeth Beach AE at if you have successfully completed the IPEd Mentoring Program in the past and would be willing to write a short report for possible publication as a case study in Gatherings. Thank you.

The 2021 accreditation renewals have been completed with all successful AEs notified. Congratulations to those concerned. There are 114 current AEs in NSW and the ACT (including non-members).

Social media

A reminder that EdNSW is closing its Facebook and LinkedIn pages and switching social media communications to IPEd’s main accounts. Please switch your follows to IPEd’s Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter to get more posts about the wide range of IPEd news and activities.

Welcome to new members

by Kaaren Sutcliffe AE

EdNSW is pleased to welcome the following new members:

Corporate: Proof Communications 

Professional: Justine Cooper-Dixon

Associate: Anna Maynard, Lisa Roberts, Hugh Tranter, Phoebe Rapp, Deborah Smith

Student: Kathryn Hughes



Member meetings

Member meetings will continue to be held via Zoom.

Check your email for the latest event information.

Bookings via the IPEd Events webpage.

There is no event planned for November.

Topic: End-of-year dinner

Date: one evening in December 2021
Location: TBA
Details: Lockdowns and restrictions will perhaps be lifted sufficiently to organise an in-person dinner. Details closer to the date.


Their life in your hands: Editing memoir

Dates: Session 1: Saturday 16 October 10am to 1pm and Session 2: Saturday 23 October 10am to 1pm
Location: online via Zoom
Cost: IPEd members $210 (student members $150); non-members $300 (prices include GST)
Details: What makes a successful memoir? Who owns a life story? This workshop explores the boundaries between memoir, autobiography, autofiction and biography. We will examine new approaches and recent controversies, relationships with clients, legal questions, overcoming difficulties in manuscripts, and additional services that editors can offer. 

This workshop is for people interested in expanding into memoir editing, and memoir editors who wish to consolidate their skills. For those who attended Pamela’s workshop at the IPEd conference, it features new content and hands-on activities.

Presenter: Pamela Hewitt AE has worked in editing and publishing for more than 25 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. Pamela, a qualified teacher, has presented editing and writing workshops around Australia and internationally.

Note: Numbers are limited to 20, but we will take a waiting list if the event sells out.

Book here.