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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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Annual Guild Potluck and 20th Anniversary Celebration

Date: Sunday, October 8, 2017

Time: 2–5p.m.

Location: Lakewood Seward Park Community Club, 4916 S. Angeline Street, Seattle, WA 98118

Bring: A sweet or savory dish to share and/or a beverage (wine, beer, or nonalcoholic)

 

Join fellow Guild members on Oct. 8 for this year’s extra-special annual potluck—20th Anniversary style!

 

Help us celebrate 20 years of building a robust community of editors in the PNW along with the usual food, drinks, conversation, and laughter associated with the Guild’s yearly social meeting. In addition to the annual State of the Guild speech, this year’s event will have fascinating glimpses of the history of the organization, fun games, and special honors for longtime Guild members.

 

And food—lots of good food.

 

We’ve rented a larger space this year to accommodate more people, and as always, spouses, partners, significant others, and families are welcome to attend. (We’ll have a radio available for those who want to keep up with the Seahawks game in LA that afternoon.)

 

The Guild will provide plates, cups, napkins, and basic utensils. (Please note: the venue requires the use of compostable dining wares. Please do not bring any plastic utensils [other than reusable serving utensils] or non-compostable packages that you intend to throw away.) There will be place cards available to label your dish with its ingredients to assist attendees with dietary restrictions.

 

Email info@edsguild.org with any questions. We look forward to seeing you there!

 

*Fun Guild History Fact: The annual Guild potluck was traditionally a pre-holiday event held in November, but was moved to September in 2012 to take advantage of nicer weather and the possibility of holding the event outside. This year’s event was shifted to October to avoid conflict with the Red Pencil conference.

 

**Bonus Fact: The idea for the Guild to host its own editing conference was the product of discussion at the annual potluck in 2005!

Starts On:
October 08, 2017
2:00 PM
Ends On:
October 08, 2017
5:00 PM

Far North Editors Meeting
Starts On:
November 15, 2017
11:15 am
Ends On:
November 15, 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 thefriendlyredpen@icloud.com by the second Monday.


Coffee Hour at Third Place Books/Raconteur-Seward Park
Starts On:
October 19, 2017
10:00 am
Ends On:
October 19, 2017
11:00 am

Join your fellow editors for a coffee hour at Third Place Books/Raconteur-Seward Park, open to Guild members and interested friends. 

 

There is no cost to attend this event, but you pay for any food or drink that you wish to purchase. 

 

Please contact the host, Polly Zetterberg (zeepolly@gmail.com, 206-779-7251) if you have any questions.


Mentoring Program Happy Hour October
Starts On:
October 12, 2017
4:00 pm
Ends On:
October 12, 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; http://www.bluestarcafeandpub.com

 

This event is open to all guild members, but 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 kyra@tandemediting.com with any questions.


Near North Editors Meeting
Starts On:
November 06, 2017
11:00 am
Ends On:
November 06, 2017
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!


Mentoring Program Happy Hour November
Starts On:
November 09, 2017
4:00 pm
Ends On:
November 09, 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; http://www.bluestarcafeandpub.com

 

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 kyra@tandemediting.com with any questions.


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: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dLS6xVPe8IU.)
 
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 info@edsguild.org) for $5 off! 
 
Class size and wait list: Class-size minimum is 14 students; class-size maximum is 50 students (a wait list will be available if necessary, but will be limited to 5 people).

Cancellation policy: If you cancel more than two weeks before the workshop date, you will be refunded your registration, minus a $5 processing fee. If you cancel less than two weeks before the date, you will receive a 50 percent refund.
 
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 www.lisagold.com and on Twitter at @bylisagold.
Starts On:
November 04, 2017
10:00 AM
Ends On:
November 04, 2017
1:00 PM
$50.00

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


Conferences

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)