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External Workshops

The below workshops are not run by PANZ but may be of interest to the book publishing industry.

Register now for the online IPEd Editors Conference

Super earlybird registrations are available for the IPEd Editors Conference, a virtual event from 2 to 9 May 2023.

This highly anticipated biennial event is open to freelance and in-house editors, publishers and people from related professions from all levels of experience. It also features a panel of international speakers from Canada, the United Kingdom and South Africa as well as a publisher’s panel from Australia and New Zealand.

With the theme of the 11th conference being “Futureproofing the editing profession”, it will be highly relevant for anyone watching the fast-changing face of publishing.

“Editors have seen many developments in the last 20 years of the digital era and that is just accelerating, IPEd CEO Karen Lee said. “We have increasing commercial pressure on publishers, a pandemic that is changing how people access information and now the emergence of the next generation chatbot: ChatGPT. But we’re also making great strides in improving accessibility and the reach of materials for all users.”

The conference will include keynote speaker presentations, workshops, panels and “inside the mind of” interviews which will be focused on the challenges and opportunities facing the editing profession.

“Our panel of international editors will discuss what our counterpart organisations are doing to prepare for the future and how this affects the editing profession, and attendees will also have the opportunity to network and meet international peers,” Lee said.

The sessions include:

  • “Trauma-informed editing practice: A framework” from Camilla Cripps, editor
  • “5 tips for optimising your metadata to boost book sales” from Joel Naoum, Head of Trade Product, Booktopia
  • “Books without barriers: A practical guide to inclusive publishing” from Julie Ganner, editor, and Dr Agata Mrva-Montoya, publishing professional, Maryanne Park AE, editor, and Kayt Duncan, author
  • “Better books: Cultural intelligence and Indigenous strengths in editing” from Dr Sandra Phillips, Associate Professor of Indigenous Australian Studies and Publishing Studies, Western Sydney University
  • “Neurodivergence and editing: a view from inside” from Dr Louise Merrington (Australia) and Tanja Gardner (NZ), who are both editors.

Super earlybird tickets are available until 9 March 2023. Members of IPEd and affiliate organisations can purchase tickets at member-only rates.

Visit the conference website to see the program, find out more about the speakers and book your ticket:

IPEd is the professional membership association for editors in Australia and Aotearoa New Zealand, with around 1400 members. It supports a thriving membership by offering professional development opportunities, valuable member benefits and advocacy for the profession.