Save the Date!


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

Join the Northwest Independent Editors Guild for our 6th biennial Red Pencil conference—the largest regular editing conference on the West Coast. Our goal is to connect, educate, and inspire editors and word lovers of all types and experience levels.

Every other year, we welcome 200+ editors from the Pacific Northwest and beyond for a full day of learning, networking, and camaraderie. Enjoy expert-led presentations, panel discussions, and workshops geared toward both freelancers and in-house editors.

Early-bird registration opens in Spring 2017. Check back soon for updates!

Do you have an idea for a session? We will begin accepting proposals from presenters in April. More details will be announced in April, as well.

Want to share your brand, product, or organization with more than 200 editors? Consider a conference sponsorship package. Sponsorship opportunities range from $50-$1,500, so there is an option for everyone.


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.