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The Northwest Independent Editors Guild hosts bimonthly member meetings in Seattle and Portland, as well as informal coffee/happy hours wherever members would like to host them. Every two years, the Guild also hosts a conference that provides educational and networking opportunities. These events are open to Guild members and those interested in Guild membership.

Upcoming Meetings and Events

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Mentoring Program Happy Hour December
Starts On:
December 07, 2017
4:00 pm
Ends On:
December 07, 2017
6:00 pm

Meet fellow Guild mentors and mentees, share what you're learning or have learned, and enjoy the company of fellow editors and introverts. We may talk about our goals for the remainder of the fall mentoring session and our career goals for 2018. Note: If you are new to the Guild (and perhaps not sure why introverts would do such an extroverted thing as attend a happy hour), consider stopping by. All are welcome here.


Where: Blue Star Cafe & Pub; 4512 Stone Way N, Seattle; bus routes 44 & 62;


This event is open to all guild members, especially current, past, and future/possible mentors and mentees, and is free to attend, but you will need to purchase your own food/drink. Happy hour pricing will be in effect, however! 


Contact Kyra Freestar, mentoring program coordinator, at with any questions.

Capitol Hill Coffee Hour
Starts On:
December 11, 2017
10:00 am
Ends On:
December 11, 2017
11:30 am

The Capitol Hill Coffee Hour is back!


Please join other editors for coffee and conversation at Seattle’s Victrola Coffee on 15th Avenue East. Order a beverage or pastry and then join us in the back room. 


Our discussion topic for this time: Editing tools show-and-tell! Feel free to bring your laptop to show us your favorite resources.


Monday, December 11
10 am – 11:30 am


Victrola Coffee on 15th in Capitol Hill (see below)


Hosts: Dana Armstrong and Roberta Klarreich


Victrola on 15th - back room
411 15th Ave. E. (Please note the address--Victrola has two locations in Capitol Hill.)
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Please call Roberta (see listserv for number) or email for details.

Far North Editors Meeting
Starts On:
December 13, 2017
11:15 am
Ends On:
December 13, 2017
12:45 pm

The Far North Editors meet every second Wednesday from 11:15am to 12:45pm at The Olde Towne Grainery Tea Room & Galleria in Mount Vernon (100 E Montgomery St, Mt Vernon, WA 98273). 


RSVP to Kirsten Colton at by the second Monday.

Near North Editors Meeting
Starts On:
January 08, 2018
11:00 am
Ends On:
January 08, 2018
12:00 pm

The Near North Editors meet on the first Monday of every month (except months where the first Monday is a holiday such as Labor Day, in which case look out for special updates!), from 11am to noonish at Third Place Commons in Lake Forest Park (17171 Bothell Way NE, Lake Forest Park, Washington, WA 98155).


Arrive early to purchase food/drink!

Seattle-Area January Member Meeting
Starts On:
January 08, 2018
6:30 pm
Ends On:
January 08, 2018
8:30 pm

The Editors Guild’s first member meeting of 2018 is coming up!


The Guild is a powerful referral network of smart editors who do a wide variety of work—are you using this resource to its fullest potential? At our January 8 show-and-tell member meeting, you’ll have the chance to do just that.


This year it’ll be a discussion format, and we’ll be focusing on editing projects worked on in 2017. Learn what your fellow editors specialize in so that you can get to know them better and maybe even give (and get!) top-notch referrals.


Keep an eye out for more information to come in mid-December!


Monday, January 8, 2018
University Heights Center
Auditorium (top floor, in north wing of the building)
5031 University Way NE, Seattle WA 98105


As always, meetings are free and open to the public. A social half hour begins at 6:30 p.m. The meeting officially begins at 7:00 p.m. and ends at 8:30 p.m. Because of the format of the meeting, there won’t be a YouTube livecast, a video recording of the event, or notes. We hope to see you there in person!



The University Heights Center has a north and a south parking lot, both with free parking available to event attendees after 6pm. There is street parking in the neighborhood if the lots fill up.

Past Meetings

To the best of our ability, we take notes and/or record our member meetings for members who could not be present (accessing past meeting notes and videos is a members-only benefit, though the most recent meeting video will always be publicly available). Even more archival material coming soon!

November 13, 2017: Nonfiction Publishers: A Panel Discussion
July 10, 2017: Engaging With Other Editors and Fostering Our Community
May 8, 2017: Corporate Editing 101
March 13, 2017: Let’s Talk LinkedIn
January 9, 2017: Biannual roundtable discussion (no notes or video)

November 14, 2016: Fact-Checking: Don’t Assume Anything
July 11, 2016: Bias: What Is It and How Do We Address It? (A Panel Discussion)
May 9, 2016: Developmental Editing: Tales from a Children’s Book Editor
March 14, 2016: Tech Talk: Tools for Your Editorial Business
January 11, 2016: Show and Tell: Grow Your Referral Network (group discussion; no video or notes)

November 9, 2015: Craft Your Online Profile (notes coming soon)
September 13, 2015: State of the Guild 2015
July 13, 2015: Instructional Design
May 11, 2015: Communication Skills for Editors: Navigating Difficult Conversations
March 9, 2015: The Business Side of Being an Independent Editor


The Northwest Independent Editors Guild is committed to ongoing education and professional development for editors in the region; we also value opportunities for networking and camaraderie. One way we pursue these goals is by presenting a daylong conference for editors and other word lovers every two years.

Join the Guild or follow us on Facebook to receive updates about the next conference. If you’d like to help with the conference, e-mail us with the subject line “Conference volunteer.”

Most Recent Conference

Red Pencil 6: Tracking Changes in Editing
Our 2017 conference was held on Saturday, September 23 at Bastyr University in Kenmore, Washington. More info coming soon!

Past Conferences

Editing in the 21st Century: Beyond the Red Pencil (2015)
Red Pencil in the Woods 2013
Red Pencil in the Woods 2011
Beyond the Red Pencil No. 2 (2009)
Beyond the Red Pencil (2007)