February 2018 Event: Finding freelance work as an editor

I'm looking forward to hosting a panel on finding work for freelance editors at the next Editors Victoria evening meeting on Thursday 22 February 2018, here in Melbourne. I'll be chatting with three experienced editors who have experience in freelancing and/or employing freelance editors (and all three have also taught editing): Lorna Hendry, a freelance … Continue reading February 2018 Event: Finding freelance work as an editor

All about the business of editing: July 2017 newsletter

I've just sent out the July 2017 newsletter for Editors Victoria to members.  Welcome to the July newsletter for Editors Victoria. We have lots of editing business this month: call-outs for committee members ahead of our August AGM; a comprehensive report on our ‘Business of Editing’ June dinner Q&A; the experience of running a ‘Writing … Continue reading All about the business of editing: July 2017 newsletter

Freelancing in-house

View of Bunjil and the Melbourne high rise towers from the 6th floor Last month I experienced a side of editing quite alien to my normal freelance life – working in an office in the city full-time for a couple of weeks. Even though I was in the Pearson/Penguin building near Southern Cross station (Melbourne), … Continue reading Freelancing in-house

Illustrator Judith Rossell, regional meetings and meet editor Susan Pierotti: March 2016 newsletter

I've just sent out the March 2016 newsletter for Editors Victoria. Here's my intro: Welcome to our March newsletter. In addition to our usual news and resources, this month we have some calls to action: Nick Hudson is keen to get your opinions on Microsoft Word’s grammar checker, and the article he has written about … Continue reading Illustrator Judith Rossell, regional meetings and meet editor Susan Pierotti: March 2016 newsletter

Science and communication in Brisbane 2016

The Australian Science Communicators are holding their annual conference in Brisbane on Friday 11 March. It's networking and professional development for people who communicate science and technology to the general public, students or other audiences. Registration is now open. The trip to Brisbane will be doubly worthwhile as you can also go along to the  inaugural … Continue reading Science and communication in Brisbane 2016

Save the Winton Wetlands sea-eagles in seven days

There are a gazillion conservation causes to donate to, but you don't often get the chance to save two particular wild animals – let's call them Seymour and Serena. They are a pair of white-bellied sea-eagles that nest at the Winton wetlands in north-east Victoria (a long way from the sea, despite their name). These wetlands are being restored (the biggest … Continue reading Save the Winton Wetlands sea-eagles in seven days

Science on your skin

One of the young women who works at one of our local cafés has an equation tattooed on the front of her neck. It's hard to read, a bit complicated - she said it's the equation for Einstein's theory of relativity. Personally, I'm not willing to go that far in order to communicate science (much to everyone's … Continue reading Science on your skin

Editing at Hepburn Springs, and a life science editing accreditation

The November Editors Victoria newsletter is out! Two days of editing in Hepburn Springs: what did those lucky editors learn at Redact? Reports on the three streams: manuscript editing with Nadine Davidoff, supercharging your business with Ilona Way and editing digital content with John Ryan. And the Board of Editors in the Life Sciences (BELS) … Continue reading Editing at Hepburn Springs, and a life science editing accreditation

Australia’s best science writing 2015

Australia’s best science writing 2015 If you're in Sydney next Tuesday (27 Oct 2015), you could attend the launch of the Best Australian Science Writing 2015 anthology, edited by science journalist Bianca Nogrady. The winner of the $7000 Bragg UNSW Press Prize for Science Writing will also be announced. More info and link to registration on the UNSW Science website. … Continue reading Australia’s best science writing 2015

Citizen science: Deciphering old specimen notes for the Natural History Museum

Here's another citizen science project – especially for those who have a good eye for old-fashioned handwriting. The Natural History Museum in London is being helped by online volunteers who are transcribing old hand-written descriptions of the 780,000+ bird specimens in their collection. Some of the records date back to the 1830s but they were being handwritten … Continue reading Citizen science: Deciphering old specimen notes for the Natural History Museum