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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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Capitol Hill Coffee Hour
Starts On:
June 23, 2017
10:00 am
Ends On:
June 23, 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: The all-important question of work/summer balance (how to handle challenges like kids' summer vacation and enticing weather while still getting work done). With optional Boggle playing at the end!

Friday, June 23
10 am – 11:30 am
Victrola Coffee on 15th in Capitol Hill (see below)
Hosts: Dana Armstrong, Roberta Klarreich, and Kristin Carlsen

Victrola on 15th - back room
411 15th Ave. E. (Please note the address--Victrola has two locations in Capitol Hill.)
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June Mentor Program Happy Hour
Starts On:
June 28, 2017
4:00 pm
Ends On:
June 28, 2017
6:00 pm
Social event for past, present, and future Guild mentors and mentees. Meet fellow editors, share stories, get inspired, and have fun.

Host Kyra Freestar

Thursday, June 28, 2017, 4pm-6pm Blue Star Cafe & Pub, 4512 Stone Way N, Seattle, WA 98103

Accessible by public transit via routes 44 and 62, right by Archie McPhee's.

Editors Guild Meeting: Engaging With Other Editors and Fostering Our Community
Starts On:
July 10, 2017
6:30 pm
Ends On:
July 10, 2017
8:30 pm
Join us for a discussion about creating community and connections with fellow editors. A panel of Guild members will discuss the various existing forms of community that they enjoy with editing colleagues, such as online groups, regional satellite meetings, and Guild coffee hours, as well as how these activities can work for other members.

This panel will also facilitate a wider discussion about what members want from the Guild and what events they would enjoy that could nurture connections in our community. Through this discussion, we hope to provide avenues for further community engagement and to gather ideas about what activities members would like to see happen in the Guild.

• Kyra Freestar, facilitator at the meeting, is a longtime member of the Guild and past board member (2012-2014), she runs her own editorial business working on speculative fiction and is in an editorial partnership focused on nonprofit, research, and policy projects.

• Joanie Eppinga edits in Spokane. She brings 18 years of editing, research, and writing experience in areas ranging from business to academic to governmental. She started the Spokeditors group for colleagues out at the true East Side.

• Linda Stuckey edits on evenings and weekends from her home in Puyallup. Like many freelancers, she has a day job that's unrelated to her freelance work. Her first editing gig was in-house at a small subsidiary of Macmillan Publishing that specialized in monthly trade magazines. Starting the South Sound Editors group one of is her recent accomplishments.

• Ginger Everhart provides dev and copyediting to novelists, short story writers, and playwrights, while doing contract CE and proofing work with several local presses and companies. She is also a longstanding member of the Near North Editors group, for those north-end Guild members who don't travel downtown much.

Monday, July 10, 2017
Phinney Center

Blue Building, Room 7
6532 Phinney Ave N
Seattle, WA 98103

Red Pencil 6: Tracking Changes in Editing
Starts On:
September 23, 2017
8:30 am
Ends On:
September 23, 2017
5:30 pm

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.

View full conference page here.

More details will be announced in April, with early-bird registration coming later this spring. Check back soon for updates!

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!

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)