Tracking Changes with Karen Yin

Join us in welcoming our keynote speaker

The Northwest Independent Editors Guild is proud to announce Karen Yin, winner of the 2017 Robinson Prize, as the keynote speaker for our 2017 conference.

A writer and editor for over two decades, Karen Yin is 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. Her writing and editing career took root shortly after college, and she went on to head the editorial divisions at two advertising agencies before starting her own company. After her irreverent blog comparing Associated Press style and Chicago style surpassed a thousand visitors per day, Karen launched Conscious Style Guide in 2015 to broad acclaim. A community-first reference that promotes critical thinking and effective communication, Conscious Style Guide has been featured by Zapier and Lucky Peach and adopted as an official reference by schools and corporations, including MailChimp and 18F, a government agency. Karen writes the style column for Copyediting and speaks at conferences, college campuses, and community events. A fellow of the Lambda Literary Foundation, Karen is also an award-winning fiction writer as well as screenwriter and filmmaker.

We’re very excited to have Karen with us for our sixth conference, and we hope you will join us in welcoming her and making this our best conference yet! Click here for more info about the conference.

Get to know Karen on Social Media

If you want to learn more about Karen and her work prior to the conference or just say hi, you can follow her on Twitter @karenyin, @consciousstyles, or @apvschicago, and on Facebook at Conscious Style Guide and AP vs. Chicago.


Date: Saturday, September 23, 2017
Location: On the campus of Bastyr University, 14500 Juanita Drive NE, Kenmore, WA 98028

The Northwest Independent Editors Guild has hosted an editing conference in Seattle every other year since 2007. As the conference has grown along with the Guild, we’ve added more sessions to cover a broader range of topics, and are now recognized as one of the top editing conferences in the country. Read more about previous Red Pencil conferences here.


The Red Pencil conference returns to the campus of Bastyr University this year. Located about 10 miles northeast of Seattle along the edge of Saint Edward State Park, Bastyr offers an onsite medicinal herb garden and a stone reflexology foot path for conference attendees to explore during breaks.

We are thrilled to hold our 2017 opening and closing sessions in Bastyr’s Chapel, giving us more flexibility to host a larger number of attendees and vendors.

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