Pre-conference Workshops

The pre-conference workshops are to be held on Wednesday 8 May at the Pullman Melbourne on the Park.

There are two sessions: 9.00am–12.30pm and 1.30pm–5.00pm. Please only select one workshop per session.

Each workshop is limited to a maximum of 40 attendees (except Mastering Macros which has a limit of 30).

Cost per workshop:

Member: $175

Affiliate: $195

Non-member: $275

Note – cost includes morning or afternoon tea during your selected workshop however does not include lunch. Suggestions for lunch options will be advised closer to the conference. Note registration to attend a pre-conference workshop on 8 May does not include registration to attend the conference itself (9–10 May).


Session 1

Workshop 1 – 9.00am – 12.30pm

Contracts, Copyright, Insurance and Payment: Legal issues for professional editors

Trudie Sarks


Editors must consider a range of legal issues in their professional practice. Understanding these issues helps build better and more sustainable business practices. This workshop uses real-world examples to explain legal concepts that editors must consider in a common sense way.

More detail here.

Workshop 2 – 9.00am – 12.30pm

Tendering for Government Work

Peter Riches


In this workshop, participants will learn how to source and qualify a request for tender (RFT) for a government project, then develop a comprehensive, compelling and compliant response.

More detail here.

Workshop 3 – 9.00am – 12.30pm

Editing Commercial Popular Fiction

Kate Cuthbert


Editing commercial popular fiction is a half-day workshop that will introduce editors to the art and science of working with the genres that make up commercial popular fiction.

More detail here.

Session 2

Workshop 4 – 1.30pm – 5.00pm

Money Matters: How to increase your income by understanding your mindset

Dr Malini Devadas


Many freelance editors suffer from ‘feast or famine’ in terms of workload and income. But even during busy periods, editors can be working long hours and still not be making the money they need or want to earn. While many people think that the solution is to read more marketing books, often it is more than information that is needed – business owners need to look at their own internal beliefs to work out what is stopping them from growing their business. And while critical, this self-reflection can be uncomfortable.

More detail here.

Workshop 5 – 1.30pm – 5.00pm


Mastering Macros: Unlocking the full potential of Word

Kevin O’Brien


Macros are automated procedures that can perform tasks in Microsoft Word much quicker than you can carry them out by hand. They range from the relatively simple, such as accepting all the tracked changes in a paragraph or making body paragraphs following headings full-out throughout your document, to the more complex, such as analysing your document for style inconsistencies or changing Australian spellings to American ones. Mastering them is the key to truly unlocking Word’s ability to streamline your workflow.

More detail here.

Workshop 6 – 1.30pm – 5.00pm

Publication Ethics and Plagiarism

Dr Tomas Zahora


This workshop will focus on current and emerging ethical issues relevant to editors – both in-house and freelance – publishers, authors and other interested parties. It will also cover plagiarism and intertextuality, research governance, authorship and ghostwriting, data falsification, accessible data and replicability, open access and predatory publishing. In addition to discussing current practice guidelines and recent research, we will analyse case studies from STEMM and humanities disciplines, to describe threats and possible solutions.

More detail here.

Registrations for the workshops are now open via the online registration form.

If you are already registered for the conference, please email to register.

If you wish to register for the conference as well as the workshops in one action, go to the registration page.

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