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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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Far North Editors Meeting
Starts On:
March 14, 2018
11:15 am
Ends On:
March 14, 2018
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 MariLou Harveland at by the second Monday.

OR/SW WA Members Get-Together
Starts On:
February 22, 2018
10:00 am
Ends On:
February 22, 2018
12:00 pm

Join your fellow Oregon and SW Washington editors at The Living Room Coffee House (8524 SE 17th Ave., Portland, OR), for a casual coffee hour open to all Guild members, guests, and interested parties.

Please contact host, Lorna Simons,, for more information.

Seattle Mentoring Happy Hour
Starts On:
February 27, 2018
4:00 pm
Ends On:
February 27, 2018
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. Possible focus: editing 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.


Location: Blue Star Cafe & Pub; 4512 Stone Way N, Seattle (accessible by bus routes 44 & 62;


Free to attend; food/drink available at happy hour pricing. 


This event is open to all Editors Guild members, with a particular invitation to current, past, and future/possible mentors and mentees. Contact Kyra Freestar, mentoring program coordinator, at with any questions.


Near North Editors Meeting
Starts On:
March 05, 2018
11:00 am
Ends On:
March 05, 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!

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)