Thursday, March 05, 2009

Editors' Conference: Beyond Red Pencil #2

Want to improve your professional editing skills and revel in the company of more than 100 fellow word lovers? Sign up for "Beyond the Red Pencil, No. 2," the second biannual conference organized by the Northwest Independent Editors Guild. It takes place at North Seattle Community College on Saturday, March 28, and is open to members and nonmembers alike.

The conference offers a full day of activities, with something for everyone. Enjoy professional development workshops, interact with expert speakers, and meet fellow editors. The keynote speaker is Sheila Bender, publisher of Writing It Real, an online instructional magazine. Sheila will speak on “Using Our Hearts to Head in the ‘Write’ Direction: Editors and Writers Moving Forward.”

Morning and afternoon seminars will address such topics as dealing with problem clients, online vs. print editing, tooting your own horn, editing longer manuscripts, and “Taking Control of Microsoft Word,” led by Hilary Powers from the San Francisco Bay Area. Plus, there’ll be a catered lunch (included in the conference fee) and an informal lunchtime spelling bee! Get the best choice of sessions by registering now at

The Northwest Independent Editors Guild ( is a 12-year-old professional and social network for editors in the Pacific Northwest, with more than 200 members in four states.