Past Blog Posts

Now that our blog has been running for a few years, we’ve run out of space to list every entry in our navigation listing! So we’ve moved the oldest entries to this page so that you can easily find them.

Red Pencil Conference 2019: July Conference News

Get more details on sessions and speakers here, as well as how you can get involved with our 2019 conference! Read more . . .

Red Pencil Conference 2019: June Conference News

The 2019 Red Pencil conference committee shares details on our conference scholarship program and a sneak peek at speakers and sessions. Read more . . .

Red Pencil Conference 2019: Welcome Keynote Speaker Viniyanka Prasad

Erica Akiko Howard introduces our 2019 conference keynote speaker, and talks a little about the conference’s theme, Voice & Voices. Read more . . .

Brass Tacks Season

Matthew Bennett explores the difficult question of freelancing rates. Read more . . . 

Cooking with Adverbs

Jody Gentian Bower, PhD, takes on the oft-heard advice to avoid all adverbs. Read more . . . 

Pleased to Meet You

The enthusiastic volunteers who guide the Northwest Editors Guild kicked off the year with a daylong board of directors’ retreat on January 13. Get to know the 2019 board in this post! Read more . . .

Cooperation and Relaxation at the Oregon and SW Washington Editors Retreat

In early 2018, Portland editors and Guild members Julie Swearingen and Alison Cantrell took over planning of the happy hours for the Portland contingent of the Northwest Editors Guild, hoping to bring their local editors together and continue to provide them with a space for communication and collaboration. Read more . . .

2018 State of the Guild

The speech delivered by then-president Pm Weizenbaum at our annual member potluck in 2018. Read more . . . 

Unique Holiday Gifts for Editors

What kind of holiday gifts would a discerning editor enjoy? How about the editor who seems rigid but has a secret sense of humor? The basic go-to coffee shop gift cards and sets of red pens are appreciated, but you can do better than that for your closest edibuddies and word nerds. Read more . . .

A Dev Editing Handbook with Novelistic Empathy

Member Matthew Bennett reviews Scott Norton’s Developmental Editing: A Handbook for Freelancers, Authors, and Publishers, a book he calls an inspiring and comprehensive introduction to this corner of the editing craft. Read more . . .

Say Hello to Your 2018 Northwest Editors Guild Board

Get a friendly introduction to the twelve-person all-volunteer board of directors who serve two-year terms and work on committees that support the Guild’s mission of connecting clients with professional editors, fostering community among our members, and providing resources for their career development. Read more . . .

What’s the Big Idea?

Guild member Beth Jusino talks about how getting to the core of your writing or editing project can help you improve your results. Read more . . .

Q&A With Guild Mascot Giant Pencil

The Northwest Editors Guild’s oversized writing implement mascot, Giant Pencil, has been making appearances at events and on social media during the last year. We sat down with Giant Pencil to get to the point (pencil puns included). Read more . . . 

What We Learned at ACES 2018

Approximately a dozen Editors Guild members convened in Chicago with more than 700 other editors during the ACES 2018 conference April 26–28. Find out what they learned! Read more . . .

What Zombie Grammar Rules Do You Slay?

A Halloween-themed editing cartoon by 2017 board president Jill Walters. Read more . . .

Programming Committee Roundtable

The programming committee of 2017 answers questions about board service and what their committee does for the Guild. Read more . . .

Marketing for Editors: Takeaways From a Guild Discussion

Member Lea Galanter discusses the takeaways from a May of 2017 discussion on marketing for editors. Read more . . .

Learning from Mistakes

Member Julie Klein works through the lessons she learned from a difficult job. Read more . . .

Meet Your New 2017 EdsGuild Board

The Guild’s board of directors gains some new faces every year in January as former board members step off and new ones rise to the challenges of leadership. Read more . . .

Thinking Hard for Ourselves: A Short History of Editors

Then-administrator Rebecca Brinbury muses on the history of editing and its meaning throughout the ages. Read more . . .

How to Table: A Guide for Introverts

Written by Jill Walters, then Guild Board VP of Member Services, and Polly Zetterberg, then Guild volunteer. How the heck is an introvert supposed to make small talk with a bunch of strangers for several hours? What are you supposed to do during the downtimes? Can you just sit there with a pile of flyers and hope they magically drift into the hands of attendees? This post has all the answers, illustrated with adorable cartoons by Jill Walters. Read more . . .

2016 State of the Guild

Our first entry, written by then-president Kathleen Walker, based off the speech that she delivered at the annual Northwest Independent Editors Guild potluck, hosted this year at the Sky Lounge at the Post Apartments in downtown Seattle, and features fabulous pictures of the view, as well as of our many wonderful members. Read more . . .