Local groups: Calendar of events

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SfEP members are welcome at all local group events. Those who don't already belong to the Society are welcome to attend up to three local group meetings before deciding whether to join.

What the groups do varies. Most meet regularly, providing opportunities for passing on knowledge and networking. In addition, they may visit local printers and other relevant venues, have speakers at their meetings and organise training.

Note: Members of the SfEP and the Society of Indexers (SI) are now able (and encouraged) to attend each other’s local group meetings. These meetings offer the chance to network, discuss common topics and to gain an insight into the issues faced by the other society. The SI has several local groups of varying sizes who meet for informal lunches, more structured workshops and excursions to local sites. For more information on the SI’s local groups, please see the SI website or contact the .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Monday 21 January

12 noon York Group – Meeting at Jacob’s Well, the parish rooms of Holy Trinity, Micklegate, in Trinity Lane, York, 12 to 2pm. Our topics will include planning the group’s future, ie the coordinator role, meeting topics and social dates for 2019. The York group’s coordinator role is currently vacant, so for further details of the meeting or if you are interested in taking on this role, contact the .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Tuesday 22 January

7.30pm North West England Group – Meeting at The Windmill, Chester Road, Tabley, Knutsford WA16 0HW. Apart from the usual general discussion, including advice for newbie proofreaders, Gary will give a talk on technical editing and proofreading. We usually break for something to eat around 8pm, and the meeting finishes around 9.30pm

If you need a lift from the station, please get in touch as there's always someone who can help out. For further details, contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Wednesday 23 January

10am Glasgow Group – Meeting at Collabor8te, 22 Montrose Street, Glasgow G1 1RE. All are welcome. For further details, contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Thursday 24 January

11am Kent Group – Meeting at Thanington Neighbourhood Resource Centre, Canterbury, 11am–1pm. This will be a ‘Show and Tell’ meeting and there will be a small charge to cover the cost of the room hire and tea/coffee/biscuits. It’s always interesting to share experiences and knowledge, so this is where you can (if you want) tell us a bit about what you’ve been up to recently or about something you think other members would find helpful. But it’s not compulsory ... so if you just want to come along and listen, that's fine! Some examples:

  • Show a recent job that you’ve completed which had you tearing your hair out in despair. Share with us how you tackled it or which fixes you used that saved the day.
  • Show a recent job that was a breeze and absolute delight to work on, and tell us why.
  • Share your experience about an awkward/lovely client (most probably arising from the above ...?)
  • Talk about an editing tool or piece of software that you couldn’t live without, or a reference book that you turn to time and time again and which you would recommend to others.
  • Tell us about a training course completed recently that you found invaluable, and which has bolstered your confidence.

But, of course, you can share anything of an editorial nature that you think may be useful for others to know about.

For further details, information on parking arrangements or to confirm attendance (by 21 January), contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Thursday 24 January

12.30pm West Midlands/Birmingham Group – Lunch in the Edwardian Tearooms at the Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery. These are on the first floor of the Gallery. We have an informal meeting where members old and new can catch up, have lunch or just enjoy coffee and cake. Members and interested newcomers are all very welcome. For further details, contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Friday 25 January

Edinburgh Group – New Year’s dinner at Spoon restaurant/bistro, 6a Nicolson Street, Edinburgh. For further details and to confirm attendance, please contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Thursday 31 January

11am Devon Group – Meeting at the City Gate Hotel, Exeter – 11am to 12 noon for new members and 12 noon to 2pm for everyone. We’ll be talking about the year ahead – What did you learn in 2018 that will be useful in 2019? What do you want to focus on in 2019? All SfEP members and those interested in editing are welcome. For further details, contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Thursday 31 January

7pm Mid-Somerset Group – Meeting at Bocabar Glastonbury. This venue, which is on the main and other bus lines, benefits from free parking and is likely to be running a new menu in January ...

For further details, to discuss any special access needs you might have or to ensure that there’s a seat for you at the table, contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

______ February

Ely/Fenland Group – We meet approximately every two months in the centre of Ely, varying between morning, lunchtime and early evening. Our meetings so far have been informal, but themed discussions or talks, visits and social events can be arranged.

We welcome SfEP members from the Ely and Fenland area, colleagues from farther afield, and non-members interested in a career in editing and proofreading. Our next meeting will be held in February. For further details, contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

______ February

Herts/Essex Group – Date, time and venue to be confirmed. All are welcome. For further details, contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

______ February

Northamptonshire Group – Our next meeting is likely to be in February – date, time and venue to be confirmed. For further details, contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

______ February

South Wales/Cardiff Group – Meeting in the tearooms at Tredegar House, Newport, NP10 8YW – date and time to be confirmed. This will be an informal meeting and all are welcome. For further details, contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Tuesday 5 February

12.30pm Berkshire Group – Venue to be confirmed. We are an informal and friendly group for ‘oldies’ as well as ‘newbies’. All are welcome! For further details, contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Wednesday 13 February

12.30pm Wessex Group – At the Cricketers Arms, Eastleigh, near Southampton.

We welcome members of the SfEP, those considering joining the SfEP, and members of the Society of Indexers (SI). For further details, and to confirm attendance by 5pm on Monday 11 February so we know what size table to book, contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Tuesday 19 February

12.30pm Shropshire/Mid-Wales Group – Meeting at the Orchard Café on Town Walls in Shrewsbury. This will be our usual informal lunchtime meet-up for general (usually work-related) chat, and all SfEP members and interested newcomers are very welcome. For further details, contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Wednesday 20 February

3pm Cloud Club – The next Cloud Club meeting will be held at 3pm UK time (GMT). Our discussion topic will be announced in the Cloud Club forum.

Full details of how to participate in a Cloud Club meeting and how to obtain and use the necessary Zoom app can be found on the Cloud Club local group page. Those who would like to attend this meeting will need to go to the Cloud Club forum on the evening before the meeting to find the two session links, and will also need to let Janet know (preferably on the Cloud Club forum, but alternatively by email – see below).

Cloud Club is a lively group and its attendees are international members, members in far-flung parts of the UK and members for whom going to an in-person local group meeting is not feasible. For further details, contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Wednesday 20 February

6.30pm Toronto Group – Our topic will be ‘Being media savvy, fact-finding and online literacy’.

Our meetings are held in an easily accessible location in the Annex area of Toronto, and start with a light bring-and-share/potluck meal. All SfEP members in Toronto and its environs are invited, as are any other editorial professionals in the area who have a serious interest in joining SfEP. For further details, and to confirm attendance, contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Thursday 28 February

7.30pm Edinburgh Group – Meeting in the private room of The Kenilworth, Rose Street, Edinburgh. The topic will be ‘Professional practice’ – professional indemnity, insurance, contracts, GDPR, record-keeping etc. This will be an open discussion, so please come along prepared to share your views and experiences. As always, all SfEP members and interested non-members are welcome to attend. For further details please contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

______ March

West/North Yorkshire Group – Date, time and venue to be confirmed. The group meets every three months in Saltaire, near Shipley, West Yorkshire, for a chat on all things editorial. All members are welcome, and non-members can attend up to three meetings. For further details, contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Thursday 7 March

Cumbria/Borders Group – Meeting just over the border at the Old Toll Bar Cafe in Gretna (DG16 5JD). We'll be meeting for lunch, followed by an informal discussion. For further details, contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Monday 11 March

7pm South Warwickshire/Coventry Group – Venue (in Leamington Spa) to be confirmed. We meet from 6.30pm onwards in a bar and then move to our table at 7pm This is an informal group where ‘newbies’ and ‘old hands’ get together to chat about anything and everything, sometimes related to editing and proofreading, sometimes not. Please let us know about a week in advance of each meeting if you’ll be attending, and we’ll confirm the venue. For further details, contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Tuesday 12 March

12 noon Bedfordshire/Buckinghamshire Group – Venue to be confirmed. For further details, contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Thursday 14 March

Three Counties Group (Gloucestershire, Herefordshire and Worcestershire) – time and venue to be confirmed. Everyone welcome. For further details and to confirm attendance, contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Friday 22 March

12 noon Sheffield Group – Meeting at the Stag’s Head on Psalter Lane. Any new members who would like to attend will be very welcome – we are a friendly and supportive group! For further details, contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Friday 22 March

12.30pm West Midlands/Birmingham Group – Lunch in the Edwardian Tearooms at the Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery. These are on the first floor of the Gallery. We have an informal meeting where members old and new can catch up, have lunch or just enjoy coffee and cake. Members and interested newcomers are all very welcome. For further details, contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Monday 25 March

10am Devon Group – a visit to the Devon Archives and Heritage Centre, Exeter. For further details, contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Monday 25 March

Oxford Group – Meeting at the King’s Arms (Wadham Room), Broad Street, Oxford – time to be confirmed. All are welcome. The group’s coordinator role is currently vacant, so for further details of the meeting or if you are interested in taking on this role, contact the .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Thursday 28 March

3pm Cloud Club – The next Cloud Club meeting will be held at 3pm UK time (GMT). Our discussion topic will be announced in the Cloud Club forum.

Full details of how to participate in a Cloud Club meeting and how to obtain and use the necessary Zoom app can be found on the Cloud Club local group page. Those who would like to attend this meeting will need to go to the Cloud Club forum on the evening before the meeting to find the two session links, and will also need to let Janet know (preferably on the Cloud Club forum, but alternatively by email – see below).

Cloud Club is a lively group and its attendees are international members, members in far-flung parts of the UK and members for whom going to an in-person local group meeting is not feasible. For further details, contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Thursday 28 March

6.30pm Toronto Group – The topic will be ‘Website accessibility’ but will likely include feedback from the Fiction Editing mini-conference as at least one of our members plans to attend.

Our meetings are held in an easily accessible location in the Annex area of Toronto, and start with a light bring-and-share/potluck meal. All SfEP members in Toronto and its environs are invited, as are any other editorial professionals in the area who have a serious interest in joining SfEP. For further details, and to confirm attendance, contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

______ April

West Wales Group – Meeting at Café Rio, Quay Street, Haverfordwest – date, time and venue to be confirmed. New members and SfEP visitors to Pembrokeshire are welcome! For further details, contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Wednesday 10 April

12.30pm Wessex Group – At the Cricketers Arms, Eastleigh, near Southampton.

We welcome members of the SfEP, those considering joining the SfEP, and members of the Society of Indexers (SI). For further details, and to confirm attendance so we know what size table to book, contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Tuesday 30 April

3pm Cloud Club – The next Cloud Club meeting will be held at 3pm UK time (BST). Our discussion topic will be announced in the Cloud Club forum.

Full details of how to participate in a Cloud Club meeting and how to obtain and use the necessary Zoom app can be found on the Cloud Club local group page. Those who would like to attend this meeting will need to go to the Cloud Club forum on the evening before the meeting to find the two session links, and will also need to let Janet know (preferably on the Cloud Club forum, but alternatively by email – see below).

Cloud Club is a lively group and its attendees are international members, members in far-flung parts of the UK and members for whom going to an in-person local group meeting is not feasible. For further details, contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Tuesday 30 April

6.30pm Toronto Group – Topic to be confirmed.

Our meetings are held in an easily accessible location in the Annex area of Toronto, and start with a light bring-and-share/potluck meal. All SfEP members in Toronto and its environs are invited, as are any other editorial professionals in the area who have a serious interest in joining SfEP. For further details, and to confirm attendance, contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Monday 13 May

7pm South Warwickshire/Coventry Group – Venue (in Leamington Spa) to be confirmed. We meet from 6.30pm onwards in a bar and then move to our table at 7pm This is an informal group where ‘newbies’ and ‘old hands’ get together to chat about anything and everything, sometimes related to editing and proofreading, sometimes not. Please let us know about a week in advance of each meeting if you’ll be attending, and we’ll confirm the venue. For further details, contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Thursday 16 May

12 noon Bedfordshire/Buckinghamshire Group – Venue to be confirmed. For further details, contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Tuesday 21 May

Oxford Group – Time and venue to be confirmed. All are welcome. The group’s coordinator role is currently vacant, so for further details of the meeting or if you are interested in taking on this role, contact the .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Wednesday 22 May

3pm Cloud Club – The next Cloud Club meeting will be held at 3pm UK time (BST). Our discussion topic will be announced in the Cloud Club forum.

Full details of how to participate in a Cloud Club meeting and how to obtain and use the necessary Zoom app can be found on the Cloud Club local group page. Those who would like to attend this meeting will need to go to the Cloud Club forum on the evening before the meeting to find the two session links, and will also need to let Janet know (preferably on the Cloud Club forum, but alternatively by email – see below).

Cloud Club is a lively group and its attendees are international members, members in far-flung parts of the UK and members for whom going to an in-person local group meeting is not feasible. For further details, contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Wednesday 22 May

6.30pm Toronto Group – Guest author discussion about self-publishing books, in particular through Amazon. We will be joined by at least one author.

Our meetings are held in an easily accessible location in the Annex area of Toronto, and start with a light bring-and-share/potluck meal. All SfEP members in Toronto and its environs are invited, as are any other editorial professionals in the area who have a serious interest in joining SfEP. For further details, and to confirm attendance, contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Friday 24 May

12.30pm West Midlands/Birmingham Group – Lunch in the Edwardian Tearooms at the Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery. These are on the first floor of the Gallery. We have an informal meeting where members old and new can catch up, have lunch or just enjoy coffee and cake. Members and interested newcomers are all very welcome. For further details, contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Thursday 30 May

11am Devon Group – Meeting at the City Gate Hotel, Exeter – 11am to 12 noon for new members and 12 noon to 2pm for everyone. Topic to be confirmed. All SfEP members and those interested in editing are welcome. For further details, contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Wednesday 12 June

12.30pm Wessex Group – At the Cricketers Arms, Eastleigh, near Southampton.

We welcome members of the SfEP, those considering joining the SfEP, and members of the Society of Indexers (SI). For further details, and to confirm attendance so we know what size table to book, contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Thursday 20 June

3pm Cloud Club – The next Cloud Club meeting will be held at 3pm UK time (BST). Our discussion topic will be announced in the Cloud Club forum.

Full details of how to participate in a Cloud Club meeting and how to obtain and use the necessary Zoom app can be found on the Cloud Club local group page. Those who would like to attend this meeting will need to go to the Cloud Club forum on the evening before the meeting to find the two session links, and will also need to let Janet know (preferably on the Cloud Club forum, but alternatively by email – see below).

Cloud Club is a lively group and its attendees are international members, members in far-flung parts of the UK and members for whom going to an in-person local group meeting is not feasible. For further details, contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Thursday 20 June

6.30pm Toronto Group – Topic to be confirmed.

Our meetings are held in an easily accessible location in the Annex area of Toronto, and start with a light bring-and-share/potluck meal. All SfEP members in Toronto and its environs are invited, as are any other editorial professionals in the area who have a serious interest in joining SfEP. For further details, and to confirm attendance, contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Wednesday 10 July

Oxford Group – Time and venue to be confirmed. All are welcome. The group’s coordinator role is currently vacant, so for further details of the meeting or if you are interested in taking on this role, contact the .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Monday 15 July

7pm South Warwickshire/Coventry Group – Venue (in Leamington Spa) to be confirmed. We meet from 6.30pm onwards in a bar and then move to our table at 7pm This is an informal group where ‘newbies’ and ‘old hands’ get together to chat about anything and everything, sometimes related to editing and proofreading, sometimes not. Please let us know about a week in advance of each meeting if you’ll be attending, and we’ll confirm the venue. For further details, contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Wednesday 17 July

12 noon Bedfordshire/Buckinghamshire Group – Venue to be confirmed. For further details, contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Thursday 18 July

12.30pm West Midlands/Birmingham Group – Lunch in the Edwardian Tearooms at the Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery. These are on the first floor of the Gallery. We have an informal meeting where members old and new can catch up, have lunch or just enjoy coffee and cake. Members and interested newcomers are all very welcome. For further details, contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Thursday 25 July

Devon Group – Meeting – (time and venue to be confirmed) including a talk from Sunrise Setting about LaTex. All SfEP members and those interested in editing are welcome. For further details, contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Tuesday 17 September

12 noon Bedfordshire/Buckinghamshire Group – Venue to be confirmed. For further details, contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Monday 23 September

7pm South Warwickshire/Coventry Group – Venue (in Leamington Spa) to be confirmed. We meet from 6.30pm onwards in a bar and then move to our table at 7pm This is an informal group where ‘newbies’ and ‘old hands’ get together to chat about anything and everything, sometimes related to editing and proofreading, sometimes not. Please let us know about a week in advance of each meeting if you’ll be attending, and we’ll confirm the venue. For further details, contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Thursday 26 September

11am Devon Group – Meeting at the City Gate Hotel, Exeter – 11am to 12 noon for new members and 12 noon to 2pm for everyone. Topic to be confirmed. All SfEP members and those interested in editing are welcome. For further details, contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Thursday 26 September

Oxford Group – Meeting at the King’s Arms (Wadham Room), Broad Street, Oxford – time to be confirmed. All are welcome. The group’s coordinator role is currently vacant, so for further details of the meeting or if you are interested in taking on this role, contact the .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Monday 18 November

7pm South Warwickshire/Coventry Group – Venue (in Leamington Spa) to be confirmed. We meet from 6.30pm onwards in a bar and then move to our table at 7pm This is an informal group where ‘newbies’ and ‘old hands’ get together to chat about anything and everything, sometimes related to editing and proofreading, sometimes not. Please let us know about a week in advance of each meeting if you’ll be attending, and we’ll confirm the venue. For further details, contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Thursday 21 November

12 noon Bedfordshire/Buckinghamshire Group – Venue to be confirmed. For further details, contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Friday 22 November

Oxford Group – Meeting at the King’s Arms (Wadham Room), Broad Street, Oxford – time to be confirmed. All are welcome. The group’s coordinator role is currently vacant, so for further details of the meeting or if you are interested in taking on this role, contact the .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Thursday 28 November

11am Devon Group – Meeting at the City Gate Hotel, Exeter – 11am to 12 noon for new members and 12 noon to 2pm for everyone. Topic to be confirmed. All SfEP members and those interested in editing are welcome. For further details, contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).