If you still need convincing to go to this year’s SfEP/SI conference (with the theme ‘Collaborate and Innovate’), here are 26 reasons to book your place right now.
- Quite simply, it’s the SfEP’s biggest professional and social event of the year.
- It’s the first-ever joint conference to be held with the Society of Indexers, which means new faces and more networking opportunities.
- It’s taking place in the tranquil surroundings of Derwent College at the University of York.
- If you’d like to see more of this beautiful and historic city, you can take a pre-conference literary tour of York. (Requires separate booking.)
- Attending the conference is an unrivalled CPD opportunity. There are over 30 sessions to choose from, covering a diverse range of subjects and interests, from editing academic journals to understanding the self-publishing process, and from the ethics of proofreading dissertations and theses to financial planning and honing your presentation skills.
- You can attend one of the pre-conference workshops on Cindex, Macrex, PerfectIt or Edifix. (Requires separate booking.)
- The AGM, at the start of the conference, is a valuable chance to find out more about how the Society is run, and have your say.
- There is a range of international speakers booked, from the US, Canada, the Netherlands and Australia as well as all over the UK.
- You’ll meet up with old friends, or people you’ve only met previously online – or make completely new acquaintances.
- For freelancers, it’s a great time to network with colleagues and potential clients; for corporate subscribers, it’s a chance to find freelance talent.
- There’s the chance to get dressed up (if you like) at the Gala Dinner. When else do freelancers get to wear posh frocks and suits?
- For that matter, for some of us it might be a chance simply to get dressed, if our popular image is to be believed …
- David Crystal (honorary vice-president of the SfEP) is giving the after-dinner speech, which is sure to be a treat.
- You don’t have to do the cooking or washing up for a few days!
- Experience the joy of finding yourself in the company of so many other people who understand the importance (and use) of the semicolon. This is truly a rare thing.
- Expect a fascinating Whitcombe Lecture from John Thompson (a founder of Polity Press, Professor of Sociology at the University of Cambridge and author), who will consider how the publishing industry is adapting to change.
- Earn points towards upgrading your membership of the SfEP.
- If you’re a first-timer, take the chance to grill meet the current SfEP council over drinks on the first night.
- Breakout events such as the Tweetup and the exhibitors’ fair provide a range of things to do between sessions.
- On the last afternoon, attend the ‘Crystal ball’ panel session, and put your questions to six publishing experts: Alison Baverstock, Allyson Latta, Sam Leith, Peter McKay, Kate Mertes and Lynn West.
- The closing lecture, by Eben Muse (Researcher in Digital Media at Bangor University), promises an intriguing look at how readers are adapting to change, and the future of reading itself.
- Make the most of your time away and attend the SfEP’s pre-conference course, Introduction to fiction editing. (Requires separate booking.)
- As well as your fellow editors, you can meet the lovely staff from our offices in Putney, who keep the SfEP running smoothly all year round.
- Try your luck in the raffle, with a range of fantastic prizes on offer, including a handmade book by session leader Paul Johnson.
- Be amazed at how revived and enthused you feel after a few days away from your desk. There’s nothing like it for rekindling your love of editing!
- Finally, there’s still time to make the most of the early-bird discount if you book now – until Friday 24 April.
We hope to see you there!
Liz Jones is the SfEP’s PR and marketing director.