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Red Pencil in the Woods 2011


Saturday, September 24, 2011 – 9:30am to 5:00pm

Bastyr University,
Kenmore, Washington

Full conference brochure here

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Pursuing Excellence

The theme of the Editors Guild’s third biennial conference was “educate, connect, and inspire.” Though most attendees were from the Seattle area, we welcomed editors from as far away as Vancouver, B.C., and the San Francisco Bay Area.

The honoree for extraordinary contributions to the Guild was Anne Moreau, our longtime administrative pooh-bah (2005–10), with recognition also given to Guild co-founder Sherri Schultz.

Of the 169 editors who attended, 96 (about 55%) were Guild members. More than a third of the Guild’s 220+ members attended the conference.


  • Keynote address by Carol Fisher Saller (who headed up the copyediting team for the latest edition of The Chicago Manual of Style) on “Finding Our Way: Writing and Editing in the New Publishing Landscape”
  • A panel on e-books, with Kate Rogers, Judith Dern, Bob Mayer, and Waverly Fitzgerald
  • Discussion groups featuring Northwest experts on topics from collaborative editing to legal issues for freelancers
  • Twitter for word lovers, with Catherine Carr
  • Marketing for freelancers, with Frank Catalano
  • Technical editing, with Robin Adair-Marshall, Audree DeAngeles, Karen Kurt Teal, and Tina Loucks-Jaret
  • Self-publishing, with Mi Ae Lipe and Robyn M Fritz
  • Writing and editing for video and board games, with Angela Taylor Hylland, Shanon Lyon, and Wynn Rankin
  • Book proposals, with Kerry Colburn and Jennifer Worick
  • “Subversive copyediting” with Carol Fisher Saller

Thanks to our volunteers, and especially to the Red Pencil in the Woods planning committee: Helen Townsend and Carrie Wicks (co-chairs), Elizabeth Johnson (program and publicity), and Shirley Wilke (registration); Beth Chapple, Sherri Schultz, and Bill Thorness (advisors).

Red Pencil in the Woods is a trademark of the Northwest Independent Editors Guild. All rights reserved.

Participant Response

Attendee comments

“The conference was excellent – one of the best I’ve attended.”

“Such high quality and nurturing inspiration … much needed.”

“The sessions were great, the location fabulous, and the food fantastic.”

“I’ve been so impressed with the Northwest Independent Editors Guild and all three conferences. Thanks for furthering the cause of editors everywhere.”

#RedPen11 The sessions and netwkg are too good to get outside even once today. Amazing conference!

#RedPen11 Love the POV here. @CFSaller points out that literacy isn’t decaying, but evolving. The world still needs editors!

Presenter comments

“It was truly one of the best gigs I’ve ever done.” –Keynote speaker Carol Fisher Saller

“I really enjoyed myself and met lots of interesting people, including many of our freelancers whom I’ve never met in person.”

“I thoroughly enjoyed my day with the group. It was a very focused, well-run gathering.”