The branch presents regular workshops at UTS Short Courses Venue, Level 7, UTS Bldg 10, 235 Jones Street, Sydney. This venue is wheelchair accessible and has an ambulant bathroom.

Costs: Unless otherwise stated the workshops are $220 for branch members, $350 for non-members and $132 for distant members and members of other branches (includes tea and coffee at registration, lunch, and morning and afternoon teas).

Cancellation policy: Up to 24 hours prior to the event, a refund of fee minus $50 will be issued. If 24 hours or less before the event, there is no refund.

If you have presenters or topics you would like the branch to present, please contact

Book online by clicking the appropriate workshop link below. Alternatively, contact the events manager at to arrange to book your place.

UTS Short Courses Venue Map

2017 Workshop calendar:

Friday, 1 December 2017

Brush up your grammar

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Friday, 10 November 2017

Improve your quoting practices

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Wednesday, 11 October 2017

Fiction: structural editing

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Wednesday, 16 August

Writing and editing life writing



Friday, 7 July

The Business of being a freelance editors

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Friday, 2 June

Editing children’s and YA fiction

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Friday, 24 March

InDesign for editors
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2016 Workshops:

Saturday, 12 November

Editing in the digital era
Various presenters in a one-day seminar
Two years ago the Society of Editors (NSW) Inc. presented a free seminar for members,The Business of Editing. Editors NSW is pleased to continue that tradition with its 2016 free seminar, Editing in the Digital Era. Presentations include Hilary Cadman will demonstrate the benefits of screencasts; Glenda Browne has the latest on indexing in the digital era; Linda Nix introduces us to collaborative editing environments such as Dropbox sharing, Samepage and GoogleDocs;Bobby Graham presents the MasterDocs tool that helps use content between publications and on multiple platforms; Melissa Faulkner will share the values of LinkedIn for your business; and Sarah JF Fletcher will offer practical guidance on maintaining a healthy workplace in the digital era.


Friday, 21 October

Grammar in a nutshell
Elizabeth Manning Murphy DE. Elizabeth is a linguist, mentor, teacher, editor and author. She has published many books about writing, editing and English grammar, including “Working words” (2011) and “Effective writing: plain English at work” – 2nd edition – with Hilary Cadman AE (2014). She is a former president of the Canberra Society of Editors and of the Commercial Education Society of Australia.
A grammar workshop for editors, indexers, writers and anyone considering taking the IPEd accreditation exam in future. This full day will highlight some of the more common grammatical problems we meeting is editing or writing text and provides an opportunity to consolidate points of grammar, practise editing and explain your edits, with feedback from the presenter. The workshop relates closely to Elizabeth’s book “Effective writing: plain English at work” – 2nd edition (2014) and copies will be available on the day at special rate of $30 to workshop participants. Her earlier book “Working words”, Canberra Society of Editors (2011) will also be available at a discount $36.


Tuesday, 20 September

Editing for exhibitions: Reworking specialised knowledge for public audiences
The core aims of this workshop are:

  • to explore the particular requirements of the museum as a communicative context
  • to develop skills in applying insights from emerging research to the process of editing and writing.

In essence, the workshop aims to develop:

  • Firmer foundations / by strengthening knowledge about language
  • Sharper eyes / by building skills for deconstructing texts
  • More effective and agile writing/editing / by using these insights and skills to better match text to context, purpose and audience … and to negotiate texts and text changes with authors and other stakeholders.

The presenter:
Jennifer Blunden has worked extensively as a writer and editory in the museum and cultural heritage sector, and more recently has been researching in the area of language and learning in museums. In 2014 she was awarded a research fellowship at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, and has (very) recently completed a doctorate at the University of Technology Sydney. She currently works in the Exhibitions Department of the State Library of NSW.


Older workshops

Wednesday, 4 May
Successful proofreading

Tuesday, 3 May
Preparing for accreditation: Tips, strategies and exercises

Friday, 11 March
Editing Young Adult fiction

Tuesday, 16 February
InDesign for editors