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).

______ September

Mid-Somerset Group – date (late September/early October), time and venue to be confirmed. We will be meeting to share our post-conference feedback. For further details, contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Tuesday 17 September

12 noon Bedfordshire/Buckinghamshire Group – Meeting at the White Lion, in Houghton Regis, Dunstable. Nicola King, chair of the Society of Indexers, will give a presentation on what an editor needs to know about indexing, and we will also have a book swap. For further details, contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Thursday 19 September

10.15am West/North Yorkshire Group – Meeting at the Espresso Bar, Salts Mill, for coffee/tea at 10.15am for a 10.30am–12noon meeting. (Please get in touch if you need directions within the Mill.)

As usual, this will be a friendly and informal gathering where we’ll have a chance to chat about proofreading, editing and related matters. There’ll be two main topics of discussion at this meeting: 1) Brief feedback from conference by those who are attending and 2) Future themes for our meetings – suggestions (either by email beforehand or at the meeting itself) are very welcome!

For further details (and to confirm attendance by 5pm on Sunday 15 September), contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Thursday 19 September

10.30am East Midlands Group – Meeting at Café Sobar in Nottingham (22 Friar Lane, Nottingham NG1 2DQ). Over our usual coffee and cake, we’ll be hearing all about the conference from those who were there.

We welcome SfEP/SI members and those considering joining the SfEP. For further details, and to confirm attendance, contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address), .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Thursday 19 September

12 noon York Group – Meeting 12–2pm at The Gillygate, 48 Gillygate, York YO31 7EQ. This will be a light session where we will be sharing experiences of editing on the move and working with international clients. For further details, contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Thursday 19 September

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. If anyone needs to use the lift (as the stairs are quite steep), please ask the building’s door attendants for directions. This is an informal meeting where members and interested newcomers are all very welcome, and can have lunch or just enjoy coffee and cake.

We will also be having a How Editors Edit meeting at 11am (i.e. before the main meeting) at Nettl, 37A Great Charles Street Queensway, Birmingham B3 3JY. This is a chance for more experienced editors and proofreaders to get together and share their knowledge and working practices.

If anyone has a specific subject they would like to discuss at either meeting, or for further details, contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Thursday 19 September

12.30pm West Surrey/North Hants Group – Lunch at The Shepherd & Flock, Farnham GU9 9JB. This will be an informal meeting and all are welcome. We’ll be discussing our tips and strategies for marketing and finding work. For further details and to confirm attendance, contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Friday 20 September

12 noon Sheffield Group – Meeting at the Stag’s Head on Psalter Lane, Sheffield. 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).

Monday 23 September

6.30pm London Group – Meeting at a restaurant in W1. For further details and to confirm attendance – and whether you would like to eat in the restaurant after the meeting has finished (at 8pm) – contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Monday 23 September

7pm South Warwickshire/Coventry Group – We meet at 7pm at a restaurant in Leamington Spa. 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 the 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 24 September

10.30am Northern Ireland Group – Meeting in Caffè Nero, College Street, Belfast – 10.30am to 12 noon – topic to be confirmed. SfEP members as well as those new to editing and proofreading are very welcome. For further details, contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Tuesday 24 September

1.30pm Glasgow Group – Meeting in the wheelchair-accessible Woodlands Workspace, 66 Ashley Street, Glasgow G3 6HW.

All members of the SfEP and the Society of Indexers will be most welcome, and we hope anyone considering joining the SfEP will also feel confident about coming along. For further details, contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or tweet @SfEPGlasgow.

Thursday 26 September

11am Northamptonshire Group – Meeting at the Coffee Tavern, Oundle (34 Market Place, Oundle, Peterborough PE8 4BE). Free parking is available for up to two hours at the nearby St Osyth’s Lane car park, adjacent to the Co-op. Alternatively, parking is free indefinitely at the Drill Hall or Herne Park.

If you’ve not been to a meeting before and would like to do so, or for further details, contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Thursday 26 September

11.30am Oxford Group – Meeting at Oxford Brookes University in Room G34 of Headington Hill Hall. All are welcome. For further details, contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Thursday 26 September

12.30pm Three Counties Group (Gloucestershire, Herefordshire and Worcestershire) – Informal lunch at Chez Pascal, 8 New Street, Ledbury, HR8 2DX. Everyone welcome, and do let us know if you'd like to discuss anything in particular. For further details and to confirm attendance (by 5pm on Monday 23 September please), contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Thursday 26 September

3pm Cloud Club – The next Cloud Club meeting will be held at 3pm BST. Our discussion topic will be ‘Style sheets and style guides’.

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 26 September

6pm Devon (Exeter) Group – Meeting at the City Gate Hotel, Exeter – our first evening networking session. 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

6.30pm Toronto Group – conference feedback and a general editing discussion.

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 26 September

7pm Kent Group – Meeting at a new venue, the Market House in Maidstone. Over drinks and something to eat, we’ll be discussing the dreaded (but essential) topic of record keeping:

  • What tools or applications do you use to stay organised?
  • Is your editorial business regimented, with lots of spreadsheets?
  • Or are you a paper-and-pen type of person?
  • What type of records or data do you keep for each job?

For further details, or to confirm your attendance (by Tuesday 24 September please), contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Monday 30 September

7pm Norfolk Group – Meeting – from 7pm onwards at the Heathfield Centre, Heathfield Student Community Home, Norwich NR3 1TT for a bring-and-share meal, followed at 7.30pm by a discussion including Conference feedback. For further details, contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

______ October

Cotswolds Group – Our next meeting will be in October. Usually, this takes the form of attending an event at the Cheltenham Literature Festival, either preceded or followed by a coffee. More details to follow, once the programme for the festival has been published. For further details and to ensure that you’re notified by email when plans are confirmed, contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

______ October

Devon (Plymouth) Group – Our next meeting will be in October – date, time and venue to be confirmed. All SfEP members and interested newcomers will be very welcome. For further details, contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

______ October

Ely/Fenland Group – Our next meeting will be in early October – date, time and venue to be confirmed. 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. For further details, contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Wednesday 2 October

11am Cambridge Group – Meeting in the Book Room Bar at the Hilton Cambridge City Centre, Downing Street, CB2 3DT. The bar is on the left as you come off the escalator. For further details, contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Wednesday 2 October

Sussex Group – Meeting in Brighton – time and venue to be confirmed. Interested newcomers are always welcome to our meetings, which are very informal. For further details, contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Tuesday 8 October

2pm Liverpool Group – Meeting at The Pen Factory on Hope Street, 2pm to 4pm. It’s downstairs next to the Everyman Theatre (lift available). Our topic will be marketing. We’ve covered it before, but we’ll review what we’ve done since then, how our websites/blogs are looking, what marketing activities we’re planning, anything we’re concerned about, and approaches we’d recommend to other freelance editors.

We're a friendly and informal group that nonetheless covers a fair amount of useful professional information at each session, and any SfEP members/prospective members within reach of Liverpool city centre are very welcome to join us! If you are thinking of attending our group for the first time, or for further details, contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Tuesday 8 October

3pm Cloud Club – The next Cloud Club meeting will be held at 3pm BST. Feedback from the 2019 SfEP conference plus a discussion topic to 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 8 October

6.30pm Toronto Group – Feedback from the 2019 SfEP conference plus a 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 9 October

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 7 October please) so we know what size table to book, contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Wednesday 9 October

12.30pm West Wales Group – Meeting at Café Rio, Quay Street, Haverfordwest for the preferred format of chat-over-lunch. Anyone considering joining the SfEP and any SfEP members who happen to be in the area would be most welcome to join us. For further details, contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Thursday 10 October

10.30am Bristol/Bath Group – Meeting for an informal chat at riverstation, the Grove, Bristol BS1 4RB. We’ll be in the downstairs bar. For further details, and to confirm attendance, contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Friday 11 October

12.30pm Herts/Essex Group – Meeting at the Coach and Horses, Bishop’s Stortford (topic to be confirmed). All are welcome. For further details, contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Monday 14 October

7.30pm Manchester Group – Meeting in the boardroom, on the second floor at Rain Bar, Great Bridgewater Street, near Oxford Road station in Manchester. Topic to be confirmed.

For further details, contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). Newcomers: please be sure to contact Lisa, so you can be added to the email list, just in case there’s a change of date, time or venue.

Tuesday 15 October

7.30pm North West England Group – Meeting at The Windmill, Chester Road, Tabley, Knutsford WA16 0HW. There will be plenty of opportunity for informal discussion, including advice for newbie proofreaders. 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).

Thursday 17 October

12.30pm Shropshire/Mid-Wales Group – Meeting at the Orchard Café on Town Walls in Shrewsbury. (Regulars, please note that this meeting is on a Thursday instead of a Tuesday.) 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).

Tuesday 29 October

12 noon York Group – Meeting 12–2pm – venue to be confirmed. Our topic will be ‘Pricing and quotes’. For further details, contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Friday 1 November

Sussex Group – Meeting in Brighton – time and venue to be confirmed. Interested newcomers are always welcome to our meetings, which are very informal. For further details, contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Saturday 2 November

11am North/East Scotland Group – Meeting upstairs in the Arthurstone Community Library, 5 Arthurstone Terrace, Dundee DD4 6RT. All members are welcome and non-members are welcome to join us for up to three meetings. For further details, contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Monday 4 November

3pm Cloud Club – The next Cloud Club meeting will be held at 3pm 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 6 November

9am Toronto Group – Toronto mini-conference ‘Something for Everyone: A Continuing Conversation among Editorial Professionals’ –9am–5.30pm.

Monday 11 November

7pm Norfolk Group – Meeting – from 7pm onwards at the Heathfield Centre, Heathfield Student Community Home, Norwich NR3 1TT for a bring-and-share meal, followed at 7.30pm by a discussion (topic to be confirmed). For further details, contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Monday 18 November

7pm South Warwickshire/Coventry Group – We meet at 7pm at a restaurant in Leamington Spa. 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 the 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. All members are welcome and non-members are welcome to join us for up to three meetings. For further details, contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Thursday 21 November

12.30pm Three Counties Group (Gloucestershire, Herefordshire and Worcestershire) – Informal lunch at Chez Pascal, 8 New Street, Ledbury, HR8 2DX. Everyone welcome, and do let us know if you'd like to discuss anything in particular. For further details and to confirm attendance, contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Thursday 21 November

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 22 November

12 noon Oxford Group – Meeting in a location in central Oxford – venue to be confirmed. All are welcome. For further details, contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Wednesday 27 November

10.30am Northern Ireland Group – Christmas lunch – venue to be confirmed. For further details, contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Thursday 28 November

Devon (Exeter) Group – Meeting at the City Gate Hotel, Exeter – time and 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).

______ December

Shropshire/Mid-Wales Group – Our usual informal lunchtime meetup for general (usually work-related) chat – date, time and venue to be confirmed. All SfEP members and interested newcomers are very welcome. For further details, contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Wednesday 4 December

Sussex Group – Meeting in Brighton – time and venue to be confirmed. Interested newcomers are always welcome to our meetings, which are very informal. For further details, contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Thursday 5 December

3pm Cloud Club – The next Cloud Club meeting will be held at 3pm 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 5 December

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 11 December

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).

Wednesday 11 December

York Group – Our Christmas lunch. For further details, contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).