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Date: Saturday, September 23, 2017

Location:  On the campus of Bastyr University, 14500 Juanita Drive NE, Kenmore, WA 98028

Overview: This was the Editors Guild’s sixth biennial one-day conference on the craft of editing.

Comics Panel Audience ApplaudsView the full 2017 conference brochure to see detailed descriptions of panels and workshops, including panels on editing graphic novels, publishing project management, how to boost your career with a mastermind group, and much more.


  • Keynote presentation by Karen Yin, writer, editor, and the force behind AP vs. Chicago, a guide for anyone who gives “a dollar sign, ampersand, exclamation point, and pound sign about style,” and Conscious Style Guide, the first website devoted to mindful and inclusive language. A fellow of the Lambda Literary Foundation, Karen is also an award-winning fiction writer as well as a screenwriter and filmmaker.
  • Academic Editing, with Joanie Eppinga.
  • Proofreading 101: Tips, Tools & Advice, with Jennifer Karchmer.
  • Publishing Project Management, with Rebecca Brinbury, Em Gale, Andrea Leigh Ptak, Karen Upson,
    and Amanda M. Vail.
  • Boost Your Career with a Mastermind Group, with Laura Poole.
  • Ecommerce Editing, with Devon Gualtieri and Mark White.

Graphic Novel Panel

  • Not Just Superheroes: Editing Graphic Novels as
    a Medium, Not a Genre, with Kat Kruger, Justin Norman, Amanda M. Vail, Kristy Valenti, and Jen Vaughn.
  • Copyediting Fiction for Traditional Publishers, with Amy Schneider.
  • Editors Canada: Not Just for Canadians! with Wendy Barron and Anne Brennan.
  • Working with Independent Authors: Challenges and Rewards, with Barbara Fuller.
  • And lastly, our exciting final session, Introducing Chicago Manual of Style’s New 17th Edition, with Carol Saller, author of The Subversive Copy Editor.

Pursuing Excellence

More than 200 editors from the Pacific Northwest, Canada, California, and other locations around the United States, attended the fifth biennial Editors Guild Conference. Approximately 65 percent of attendees were also Guild members, and we welcomed several guests from affiliate editing organizations Editors Canada and Editcetera.

The Guild gave special honors to Beth Chapple for her extraordinary contributions to the Guild and the editing community. Attendees used event hashtag #EdsGuild2017 on social media to record the events of the day. We also introduced our popular mascot, the Giant Pencil!

Giant Pencil

More than just workshops

Breakfast and lunch were included in the ticket price, and lunchtime featured Birds-of-a-Feather Lunch Discussions, to encourage networking between editors in similar genres.

Nonfiction Lunch Group Networking

Professional headshot mini-sessions were available from Renard Williams of Killa’s Photography. Many of these sessions were purchased ahead of time, but Renard was also able to offer limited walk-up sessions.

Thanks to the great weather we enjoyed, a number of attendees were able to take advantage of Bastyr’s Gardens and Reflexology Foot Path during the lunch break and relax out in the rare Seattle sunshine.

A vendor area including booths for Third Place Books, Copyediting.com, University of Chicago Press, and more provided an opportunity for attendees to stock up on reference books, swag, and other exciting materials. 

For the first time, we also set up a charging station available to attendees so they could safely drop off their device to be charged during the sessions, with charging cords for most phones and tablets are available.

After the conference proper, our friends at 9 Yards Brewing hosted us from 5:15 to 7:15 for our second biennial conference after-party, with free appetizers and dessert, with additional food and brews available for purchase and word-nerd-riffic door prizes!

Thank You to our Planners and Volunteers

Conference Planning Committee Chairs
Richard Isaac, Logistics
Christina Johnson, Volunteers
Mary Lindberg, Volunteers
Kathleen Sidwell, Treasurer
Jill Walters, Sponsorship
Pm Weizenbaum, Programming & After-Party

Marketing and Communications
Jen Grogan
Kelsey Klockenteger
Andrea Leigh Ptak
Jill Walters

Programming Support
Kristin Carlsen


Erin Cusick

Brochure Design

Jason Petz

Tote Bag Design

Kelsey Klockenteger

Additional 2017 Volunteers
Claire Allen, Dana Armstrong, Oren Ashkenazi, Betsy Berger, Sue Cook, Cara Diaconoff, Julie Fanselow, Kelley Frodel, Amanda Gibson, Rachel Herbert, Beth Jusino, Julie Klein, Jack Lee, S. Jordan Lee, Donita Leeson, Tina Loucks-Jaret, Rachel Lulich, Amy McKendry, Karen Mitchell, Gwen Riles, Michael Schuler, Kerrie Schurr, Kari Somerton, Jennifer Wah, Jessyca Yoppolo, Polly Zetterberg.

We could not have made the conference happen without all of you!

Carol Saller from Above

Thank You to our Conference Sponsors

Major Sponsor: Lanyard Sponsor Plus

Major Sponsors: Query Curator

Additional Sponsors

All My Best Copyediting and Heartfelt Publishing
Conscious Style Guide and AP vs. Chicago
Edward Jones, Paula Fedirchuk
Over the Shoulder Editorial Consulting, Jennifer Karchmer
Steampunk Unicorn Studio + Jen Vaughn
University of Chicago Press
University of Washington Press

Red Pencil Friends

9 Yards Brewing
Drink, Drank, Drunk Podcast
Independent Book Publishers Association
Killa’s Photography, Renard Williams
Ooligan Press
The Timberline Review
Third Place Books
Willamette Writers