Dust off your best grammar jokes, people. Opportunities to mingle with likeminded word lovers are on the agenda at the IPEd national editing conference in Brisbane this September.

Not only can you hone your skills through pre-conference workshops and soak up knowledge with dozens of sessions, there’s also a chance to frock up and make new friends.

Included in your registration fee is the Welcome Reception on Wednesday evening at Rydges Southbank. Sit in the warm evening air with a cool drink as you watch the lights of Brisbane city at the rooftop bar and chat to people who understand your firm position on the Oxford comma.

On Thursday evening, the Conference Dinner will be held at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre’s glamourous Boulevard Room. Tickets to the dinner are $95 and include a delicious three-course meal, light entertainment and excellent company. The inaugural Rosanne Fitzgibbon Editorial Award will be presented during the dinner.

Outside of the conference, Southbank is a short walk from the Gallery of Modern Art, Queensland Art Gallery, State Library of Queensland and the Queensland Museum. A few minutes in the other direction will take you to Southbank lagoon, a manmade beach with river views.

There are also numerous cafes and restaurants within walking distance of the conference venue where you can catch up with friends or make new acquaintances, as well as several bars in which to unwind and relax.

But if all this isn’t enough, we’ve put together a comprehensive list of activities you might like to try, and you can also check out http://www.visitbrisbane.com.au/.