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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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Seattle-Area Mentoring Program Happy Hour
Starts On:
June 14, 2018
4:00 pm
Ends On:
June 14, 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: professional networking and continuing education. 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; accessible by bus routes 44 & 62;
Event is open to all and free to attend; you purchase your own food and drink. Happy hour pricing will be in effect. 
Contact Kyra at with any questions. Please do NOT use the registration link for this event. 

Mentoring Program Online Chat
Starts On:
June 06, 2018
12:30 pm
Ends On:
June 06, 2018
1:30 pm
Join Guild mentors and mentees to chat about editing, mentoring, and related topics. This chat is hosted by the mentoring program coordinator, Kyra Freestar, and will be held remotely via Google Hangouts: you will need a relatively up-to-date internet browser and a computer with a microphone. (Video participation is optional, but you'll want to be able to hear and respond by audio.)
Event open to all Guild members—participation in the mentoring program not required.
RSVP to up to 24 hours prior to the event to receive an email invitation to the Google Hangout. Please do NOT use the registration link for this event. 

Near North Editors Meeting
Starts On:
June 11, 2018
11:00 am
Ends On:
June 11, 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 at the Lake Forest Park Branch of the King County Library, on the 1st Floor of Lake Forest Park Town Center. Same address as in the past, just downstairs from Third Place Commons (17171 Bothell Way NE, Lake Forest Park, Washington, WA 98155).


Please note that our June meeting is on June 11th, not June 4th.


Please do NOT use the registration link for this event. 


Far North Editors Meeting
Starts On:
June 13, 2018
11:15 am
Ends On:
June 13, 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. Please do NOT use the registration link for this event. 

PDX June Happy Hour
Starts On:
June 21, 2018
6:00 pm
Ends On:
June 21, 2018
8:00 pm

It's the first day of summer! Let's celebrate with a tropical cocktail at our monthly happy hour. Come by to meet up with your fellow PDX editors at Hale Pele and chat about all things editing-related.


Free entry; Food and drinks available for purchase. Event is open to everyone. 


Please contact the hosts, Alison Cantrell ( & Julie Swearingen (, if you have any questions about this event. 

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 14, 2018: Rethinking the Editor/Writer Relationship: Editing for Diverse Writers & Readers
March 12, 2018: Financial Fitness for Editors
January 8, 2018: Show and Tell Discussion (no notes or video)


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 or Twitter 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. Full retrospective page 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)

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