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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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Pre-Conference Virtual Coffee Hour
Starts On:
September 19, 2017
12:45 pm
Ends On:
September 19, 2017
1:45 pm

Bring your own coffee—and join an online Google Chat to meet a few editing colleagues who will be attending the Red Pencil conference on September 23. It's always easier to join a crowd when you see a few familiar faces, and this is a low-key way to meet a few people in a casual setting before the big day.


To join this chat, RSVP with your email address to Kyra Freestar,, on or before Monday, September 18.

Pre-Conference Happy Hour
Starts On:
September 22, 2017
4:30 pm
Ends On:
September 22, 2017
7:30 pm

Happy hour at Ivar's Salmon House, in the bar. Enjoy a lakeside view of the Space Needle and the Seattle skyline on the evening before the Red Pencil 6 conference. It's always easier to join a crowd when you see a few familiar faces, and this is a low-key way to meet a few people in a casual setting before the big day. Drop in any time between 4:30 and 7:30 p.m. and look for the tabletop signs. 


No cover; happy hour pricing in effect. Everyone is welcome; over 21 only in the bar; dining room and fish & chips bar with outside seating available with no age limit.


Contact Kyra Freestar ( if you have any questions. 

Red Pencil 6: Tracking Changes in Editing

Join the Northwest Independent Editors Guild for our 6th biennial Red Pencil conference—the largest regular editing conference on the West Coast. Our goal is to connect, educate, and inspire editors and word lovers of all types and experience levels. Every other year, we welcome 200+ editors from the Pacific Northwest and beyond for a full day of learning, networking, and camaraderie. Enjoy expert-led presentations, panel discussions, and workshops geared toward both freelancers and in-house editors.



Here are a few important things for you to be aware of before you register:


--  Our online registration system accepts payment via PayPal; if you would prefer to pay by check please send payment to the Northwest Independent Editors Guild at 7511 Greenwood Ave N, #307, Seattle, WA 98103. Please note "Conference" on the check or on an enclosed note and include your email address so the administrator can contact you for any further information.

--  In order to register, please click the purple "Register" button at the bottom of this info form.
-- Cancellations on or before August 26, 2017, will receive a full refund of registration fees, minus a $15 processing fee. Cancellations made between August 26 and September 16 will receive a 50 percent refund. Cancellations made after September 16 will not receive a refund unless it is an emergency situation.
--  Due to a technical limitation with our registration system, we ask that you please register for only one ticket per transaction. This will ensure that you get your proper discounts, and that we have full information for each attendee.
--  This year, we are throwing an optional after party directly following the conference. The location of this party is still TBD, but it will be at a location close to Bastyr, and appetizers and alcoholic/non-alcoholic beverages will be served. To account for space rental and food costs, there is an added $10 charge to attend the after party. To register for that now, please be sure to select "Conference + Party" from the ticket drop down at registration. There will be other opportunities later to register for this as well.
--  Please be aware that you can only use one coupon/discount code per transaction
--  If you use a coupon/discount code, be sure to hit "apply" next to the code so that it is included in your transaction!


If you have any trouble with registration, please email and the administrator will assist you. 

Starts On:
September 23, 2017
8:30 AM
Ends On:
September 23, 2017
5:00 PM

Guild Table at Wordstock, Portland's Book Festival
Starts On:
November 11, 2017
9:00 am
Ends On:
November 11, 2017
6:00 pm
Guild Table at Wordstock, Portland's Book Festival
Saturday, November 11
9 a.m.-6 p.m.
Kridel Grand Ballroom, Portland Art Museum
1219 SW Park Ave, Portland, OR 97205

Visit the Editors Guild exhibitor table during Wordstock for editing advice, free chocolate, and a chance to get your picture taken with our new mascot, Giant Pencil.

Don’t Assume Anything: Practical Fact-Checking

Don’t Assume Anything: Practical Fact-Checking
Fact-checking is an important and useful skill for editors, writers, and readers. But how can you tell whether a piece of writing or a source is accurate, fair, and credible? 
Join researcher Lisa Gold for a how-to workshop guiding you through the steps of fact-checking—reading skeptically, asking questions, deciding what to check, assessing the accuracy of different types of facts, finding and evaluating sources, working with authors, and making corrections. Lisa will answer questions and share tips, examples, and resources. This practical, hands-on workshop will take us beyond the introduction to fact-checking that Lisa gave at the November 2016 Northwest Independent Editors Guild meeting. (Guild members can access the YouTube video of that meeting here:
Join us Saturday, November 4, from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm at the Phinney Neighborhood Center Community Hall (Brick Building, Lower Level) for this fascinating workshop.
Members, be sure to apply your discount code  (see listserv or email for $5 off! 
Speaker Bio: 
Lisa Gold is a freelance researcher, fact-checker, and writer. She has fact-checked many kinds of writing, including magazine articles, reported features, essays, book reviews, historical novels, and nonfiction books. She does creative research for authors of fiction and nonfiction, and she teaches research workshops. You’ll find Lisa online at and on Twitter at @bylisagold.
Starts On:
November 04, 2017
10:00 AM
Ends On:
November 04, 2017
1:00 PM

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!

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.”

Upcoming Conferences

Red Pencil 6: Tracking Changes in Editing
Our 2017 conference will be 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)