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Fourth Biennial Editors Conference Showcases Alan Rinzler, Developmental Editor of Tom Robbins, Toni Morrison, and Clive Cussler

  (September 17, 2013)
Fourth Biennial Editors Conference Showcases Alan Rinzler, Developmental Editor of Tom Robbins, Toni Morrison, and Clive Cussler

Seattle, WA (PRWEB) September 17, 2013

The Northwest Independent Editors Guild announces its fourth biennial conference on Sat., Oct. 26, from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at Bastyr University near Seattle, Wash. The conference is open to the public. Editors, writers, bloggers, fiction and nonfiction authors, and corporate communicators are encouraged to attend. Space is limited to 250 attendees. Admission ranges from $120 (by Oct. 15) to $160 (day of conference), and includes breakfast and lunch.

In a time when the publishing industry is in flux, self-publishing is proliferating, and the blogosphere has turned content into commodity, everyone can benefit from improving their editing skills.

Keynote speaker Alan Rinzler will consider the gap between the myth and reality in todays publishing landscape. A publishing veteran, Rinzler has held top editing positions at Simon & Schuster, the Grove Press and Rolling Stone magazine. He has edited and published the works of Northwest luminary Tom Robbins, Toni Morrison, and Clive Cussler, among many others. In addition to his keynote address, Rinzler will teach a master class on developmental editing using examples from his work with world-renowned authors.

Writing, editing, publishing, and IT experts will lead workshops and discussion sessions. The full-day conference covers topics across the editing spectrum: creating and maintaining a successful freelance business, editing fiction, editing for a global audience, editing and writing for the Web, working as a managing editor, editing for social media, editing food writing, collaborative editing, and editing for STEM concepts. Presentations in the technology track will cover Web analytics, usability, and SEO; making the best use of Microsoft Word beyond the basics of track changes; and working in the Cloud, with security, backups and collaborating safely in the twenty-first century.

The Guilds previous conference attracted 170 attendees from Vancouver, B.C., to San Francisco and received rave reviews from attendees, who called it a high-quality, energizing event that addressed many important aspects of the editing and writing crafts. Eva van Emden, a Canadian freelance editor and proofreader, told organizers: It was a great event: the cost was very reasonable, the Bastyr University campus was beautiful, and the program was well chosen and presented. I will definitely look out for the next one.

The Northwest Independent Editors Guild shares much of the same excitement about this years event. Guild board president Helen Townsend Carleton says, We are proud to not only host a wonderful keynote speaker in Alan Rinzler but also to bring so many other editorial and writing professionals together for a day of learning and networking.

Keynote speaker Alan Rinzler and conference organizers are available for interviews.

For inquiries and to register for the event, go to

Event: Red Pencil in the Woods 2013: A Conference for Editors and Other Word Lovers
Date: Sat., Oct. 26, 2013, 8:30 a.m.5:30 p.m.
Location: Bastyr University, 14500 Juanita Dr. NE, Kenmore, Wash.
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About the Editors Guild:
The Northwest Independent Editors Guild ( is a professional association of more than 250 editors in Washington, Oregon, and the greater Northwest. The Guild connects writers and authors with professional editors in the Pacific Northwest. It also fosters community among its members and provides resources for their career development.

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