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Saturday, September 21, 2019
9:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Red Pencil Conferences are hosted biennially by the Northwest Editors Guild as a learning and networking forum for its members, colleagues, and friends in the editing community. It is the largest editors' conference on the West Coast. Over 200 editors participate from the Pacific Northwest, California, Canada, and beyond.

This conference is specifically for editors, unlike other publishing or writing conferences in the region. The program is a mix of sessions large and small, formal and informal, for freelance and in-house editors. It’s a midsize conference offering a great opportunity to meet new people and catch up with friends and colleagues from previous years.

This year is the seventh such offering organized by volunteers and made possible through the support of a chorus of community partners.


The 2019 conference will be held on the campus of Bastyr University (14500 Juanita Dr. NE, Kenmore, WA 98028), 16 miles northeast of downtown Seattle. The setting is a true Northwest experience, nestled in the woods on Bastyr University's beautiful campus, which features gardens, walking paths, and nearby trails.

Keynote Speaker

We are excited to bring Viniyanka Prasad to Seattle to help us explore this year’s theme. Her keynote presentation, The Power to Hear Another’s Truth,” will address “recognizing the central and essential in stories told from another’s perspective and embracing our capacity to provide structure without redefining.”

Viniyanka Prasad is the executive director and founder of The Word, A Storytelling Sanctuary—a nonprofit promoting diversity in literature. The organization works to remove blockages along the publishing pipeline that obstruct publication of underrepresented voices. Formerly the chief appellate attorney of a federal public defender organization and now a civil rights attorney, Prasad has long looked to authenticity and dignity as necessary guideposts for sharing others’ stories.

Prasad is a graduate of the University of Chicago Law School and the Denver Publishing Institute.

Keynote Speaker Viniyanka Prasad

More Details About the 2019 Conference

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