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Date: Saturday, October 10, 2015 – 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Location: Center for Urban Horticulture,
3501 NE 41st St, Seattle, Washington

Overview: This was the Editors Guild’s fifth biennial one-day conference on the craft of editing.

View the full 2015 conference brochure to see detailed descriptions of panels and workshops.


Pursuing Excellence

Nearly 200 editors from the Pacific Northwest, Canada, California, and other locations ranging from Maryland to Florida, attended the fifth biennial Editors Guild Conference. Approximately 65 percent of attendees were also Guild members, and we welcomed several people from affiliate editing organizations Editors Canada and Editcetera.

The Guild gave special honors to Andrea Leigh Ptak for her extraordinary contributions to the Guild and the editing community.

Attendees used event hashtag #EdsGuild2015 on social media to record the events of the day.




  • Keynote presentation by Steven Pinker, New York Times best-selling author, linguist, cognitive scientist, and chair of the Usage Panel of the American Heritage Dictionary. Discussion and book signing from his latest work, Sense of Style: The Thinking Person’s Guide to Writing in the 21st Century.
  • From World-Building to Happily-Ever-Afters: Editors Explore Genre Fiction, roundtable session with Beth Jusino, Anne Mini, Christy Karras, David Downing, and Kyra Freestar
  • Client Profile: The Self-Publisher with Katherine Pickett
  • Delivering Difficult Feedback with Jason Black
  • Pricing Strategies for Freelance Editors with Laurie Lewis
  • Roundtable Discussions: Four Kinds of Editing (Academic, Corporate, Developmental, and Games) with Laura Poole, Kathleen Walker, Karalynn Ott, Elisa Mader, and Nancy Burkhalter
  • Additional session topics, including financial planning, typography, ebooks, and project management
  • Creative icebreaker prompts to use during networking time and breaks
  • The Conference Committee, with support from Book Publishers Northwest and Seattle Writer Grrls, hosted its first onsite after-party, complete with appetizers and live music by Seattle cellist Rebecca Evans.

Participant Response

Attendee comments

“I loved the workshops I attended and the keynote address. All were very engaging, informative, and helpful. The speakers were excellent. I loved being among such an intelligent group of editors and having the chance to meet new people and share information and stories. I loved being able to pick up new books and swag!”

“The best part of the conference, for me, is the chance to meet and talk to other editors at all points in their careers, and get their perspectives on various aspects of our field.”


“As a recent grad of the UW program, I most appreciated the coming together of so many editors in the NW, and beyond! Seeing all these enthusiastic people who work with words, books, and language clarity was very inspiring. I was impressed by the keynote speaker, Steven Pinker, and glad that he was there to provide a good ‘big picture’ on why clear and direct language is so important.”

“Meeting other editors! Meeting the authors of some of my favorite books. Coming away with the feeling of ‘I can do this.’”


Thank You to our Planners and Volunteers

Conference Planning Committee Chairs
Rich Isaac, Logistics
Beth Chapple and Roberta Klarreich, Programming
Amanda Vail, Sponsorship
Andrea Ptak, Marketing/Graphic Design
Pm Weizenbaum, Volunteers
Kathleen Sidwell, Treasurer
Jill Walters, After-Party

Coordination by Carol Dole and Rebecca Dietz of Well Done Events

Additional 2015 Volunteers
Jody Bower, Melissa Bowers, Kristin Carlsen, David Downing, JoAnne Dyer, Rob Esene, Heather Flanagan, Kyra Freestar, Jennifer Hager, Chris Henderson-Bauer, Mary-Colleen Jenkins, Christina Johnson, Julie Klein, Jack Lee, Christopher Matthias, Liz Moffitt, Jenny Neill, Larry Nichols, Karen Parkin, Bonnie Pasek, Jason Petz, Donna Reynolds, Elisabeth Rinaldi, Julie Van Pelt, Kathleen Walker, Carrie Wicks, Melissa Walsh, Kathryn Whitford, Jennifer Zaczek, and Polly Zetterberg.

Thank You to our Conference Sponsors

Collective Noun: $750+

Penguin Random House

Penguin Random House

Present Tense: $500+

Denny Mountain Media

Coordinating Conjunction: $200+

Book Publishers Northwest

University Book Store