It’s our CIEP* Sussex local group meeting tomorrow and I have been nominated to help organise a discussion on branding and how editorial freelancers can make the most of their websites. Neither of these topics is a particular speciality of mine, but I am helping out because last month I was one of the attendees at the CIEP’s annual conference, along with fellow Sussex group members Amanda Anstee (www.anstee-editing.com) and Melanie James (www.takeitasread.com).
The conference was a bit different this year because it was held online but the quality of the content was as high as ever. The online format did have the advantage that the conference was available to people who are otherwise unable to attend. Mandy, Mel and I have jotted down a few pointers to share with our local group tomorrow, but there was one particular point on which we all agreed. CIEP conferences always represent huge value for money for the benefits they bring – the information content, the ability to talk to our fellow editorial professionals and CIEP membership upgrade points (of course!)
At my first conference, I was lucky enough to be able to fill my programme with talks that were specifically aimed at medical and science editors, so I absorbed a huge amount of information that was directly relevant to my nascent business. I have been to many more conferences since then, and not all sessions are directly relevant to what I do day to day, but I learn more every year and fully expect this to continue over the years to come.
I am hoping that the CIEP’s 2021 conference will go ahead in person as planned,** but I will also attend any virtual meetings that are available.
*The CIEP is the Chartered Institute of Editing and Proofreading.
**The CIEP 2021 conference will be online. Fingers crossed for 2022!
Andrea at Yours Truleigh Editing