Why join IPEd?

As a branch of IPEd, the Society of Editors (SA) works actively to support and promote editors and the editing profession, both in South Australia and nationally, through the Institute of Professional Editors Limited (IPEd). As a member of IPEd, you will have access to a variety of benefits.

For all members (professional and associate)

  • Meetings—Society meetings are held six times a year and feature a speaker or panel discussion on a topic relevant to editing. Meetings provide professional development, networking opportunities and social interaction. Meetings are usually preceded by a quick, casual dinner at a nearby restaurant at diners’ own expense. Visitors and guests are also welcome.
     
  • Workshops—The society organises several workshops each year for professional development. Presenters are sometimes invited from interstate. Workshops are a day or a half-day in length. Some workshops are for members only; others allow non-members to attend, in which case members are offered reduced rates.
     
  • Email notifications—All members receive emails covering notification of meetings, workshops, positions vacant and other information. Sometimes the society is asked to advertise editing work exclusively through the email system.
     
  • Newsletter—The society’s newsletter (... the word, delivered by email every two months) contains society news, meeting reports, national news from IPEd, and other items. The newsletter is not freely available on the society’s website until several months after the issue date.
     
  • IPEd website—IPEd, the national organisation for Australian editors, also has an open website, but certain resources of value to editors, and discussion forums, are available only to IPEd members. The website is gradually enlarging its coverage of material useful for editors and those interested in editing.
     
  • Conference—IPEd holds a two-day national conference every two years in an Australian capital city. Members are entitled to discounted registration. These conferences are a significant professional development opportunity and receive high praise from participants.
     
  • Accreditation exam—The IPEd accreditation exam is a rigorous test of editing ability and knowledge. Passing the exam confers accreditation as a professional editor for five years, and the right to use the postnominal AE. Extension of accreditation by documenting one’s editing activities is available thereafter. Members can sit the exam at a discounted rate. The society also conducts a free workshop for members who are interested in sitting the exam.
     
  • Insurance—Full members can access discounted professional indemnity insurance for editors. IPEd Council has negotiated the rates with Aon Risk Services.

For full members

  • Voting rights—Full members are entitled to vote at society meetings.
     
  • Officer of the society—Offices that are available to full members include president, treasurer and membership secretary. Officers are automatically members of the committee. (Membership of the committee is also open to associate members, but in non-officer roles only.)
     
  • Editors Directory—The Editors Directors (formerly the Freelance Register) is an online directory of freelance editors (who are IPEd members) with their specialties, experience and contacts. The directory is accessible to the public, and can be a valuable source of freelance work. Full members can join the register for a separate annual fee. The society will continue to maintain our local directory until the national directory is fully functioning.

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The Society of Editors (SA) is a branch of IPEd and works actively to support and promote editors and the editing profession, both in South Australia and nationally. As a member of IPEd, you will have access to a variety of benefits.

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Conferences

The 8th IPEd National Editors Conference, Advancing Our Profession, will be held in Brisbane from 13 to 15 September 2017.

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