Conferences are a great way to mingle with people from your industry, make new acquaintances, create alliances and swap tips and tricks. The 8th IPEd National Editors Conference is an opportunity for professional development, networking and frocking up.

But if you’re just starting out, conferences can be daunting. So, should you come if you don’t feel like a ‘real’ editor yet? In short: yes.

Editing is an industry made up of people from all walks of life and with a range of skills and experience. Whether you’re a student, recent graduate or word lover looking to make a change, the conference is a fantastic chance to put your finger on the pulse of an evolving industry, discover new things and help you decide where to go next with your career.

The conference offers workshops for editors at all stages of your career. Whether you’re dipping a toe in the water or have a strong professional history, there’s always something new to learn – especially in an industry that requires a little bit of knowledge about a vast range of topics. The workshops include different aspects of managing a small business, developing your fiction editing skills and honing your academic editing.

Over the Thursday and Friday, the conference is organised into three streams: Building alliances, Technology and Professional development. Each stream offers a range of sessions that will benefit pros, budding editors and students. The Emerging leaders forum and Mentoring panel both offer a perspective of editing for someone relatively new to the profession. Other sessions offer handy tools for editors as the publishing world evolves, advice from freelancers and ways to collaborate for success.
The Welcome reception and Conference dinner are excellent ways to pick the brains of experienced editors and industry leaders as well as meet others starting out. So, register now and get your inner word nerd heard!