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).

______ February

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 21 February

6.30 p.m. London Group – Meeting 6.30 p.m. until 8.00 p.m., followed by dinner. Please arrive by 6.15 p.m. so that we start at 6.30 p.m. sharp. Our guest speaker will be Gerard MF Hill, the SfEP’s chartership adviser, who will talk to us about the SfEP's drive towards chartered status, explaining what this will entail and what it will mean for us all. Places are limited, so to book and for further details, contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Thursday 22 February

7.30 p.m. Edinburgh Group – in the downstairs meeting room of the Cumberland Bar, 1–3 Cumberland Street, Edinburgh. The main topic for the meeting will be digital workflow and styles, although there will also be time for some general editing chat. For further details, please contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Friday 23 February

11.00 a.m. Kent Group – Meeting at The Quills in Rochester. The discussion topic will be the proposed SfEP Chartership and how this might affect the profession. All are welcome. For further details and to confirm attendance by 21 February, contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

______ March

Glasgow Group – Time, date and venue to be confirmed. The topic will be ‘The art and science of copywriting’. All are welcome. For further details, contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

______ March

Mid-Somerset Group – Date, time and venue to be confirmed. For further details, 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 1 March

10.30 a.m. South Wales/Cardiff Group – Meeting at Tredegar House, Newport, NP10 8YW, 10.30 a.m. to 12.30 p.m. We’re hoping to have a visit from a chartered accountant from Phil Bessant Limited to talk to us about our finances. For further details, contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Monday 5 March

12.00 noon Toronto Group – The topic will be owning your own business, taxation, HST, etc. We will also have a bring-and-share light lunch.

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 7 March

Sussex Group – Time and venue to be confirmed. All are welcome. For further details, contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Friday 9 March

12.30 p.m. West Surrey/North Hants Group – Meeting at Heron on the Lake in Fleet. This will be an informal meeting and all are welcome. Please let us know about a week before the meeting if you’re hoping to come. For further details, contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Monday 12 March

7.00 p.m. South Warwickshire/Coventry Group – Venue (in Leamington Spa) to be confirmed. We meet from 6.30 p.m. onwards in a bar and then move to our table at 7.00 p.m. 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).

Monday 12 March

7.30 p.m. Cambridge Group – Meeting in the Book Room Bar at The Hilton Cambridge City Centre, Downing Street, Cambridge, CB2 3DT. (The bar is on the left at the top of the escalator.) Topic to be confirmed. For further details, contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Wednesday 14 March

12.00 noon Bedfordshire/Buckinghamshire Group – Venue to be confirmed. If you live in Beds or Bucks and haven't attended a meeting, do get in touch. For further details, contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Thursday 15 March

12.30 p.m. Three Counties Group (Gloucestershire, Herefordshire and Worcestershire) – Lunch at Chez Pascal, 8 New Street, Ledbury, Herefordshire. Everyone welcome. 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 16 March

12.00 noon. Sheffield Group – Meeting at the Stag’s Head on Psalter Lane. We are a small, lively and friendly group, and our meetings are informal with discussions about anything which is on people’s minds on the day. We are delighted to welcome new or ‘interested’; members, as they always add a new dimension to the conversations, and whether novice or experienced, we can all still learn from each other. For further details, contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Monday 19 March

7.00 p.m. Norfolk Group – Meeting – from 7.00 p.m. onwards at Heathfield Student Community Home, Norwich NR3 1TT for a bring-and-share meal, followed at 7.30 p.m. by a discussion on editing/proofreading fiction. For further details, contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Thursday 22 March

12.30 p.m. 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 29 March

12.00 noon. Devon Group – Meeting in the downstairs cellar at The City Gate, 1 Iron Bridge, Exeter EX4 3RB – 12.00–2.00. We will be networking and discussing self-publishing – how to find work, how to help authors, positives and pitfalls. 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 4 April

12.30 p.m. Wessex Group – At the Cricketers Arms, Eastleigh, near Southampton. All welcome but please RSVP so we know what size table to book. Thanks very much. For further details, contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Thursday 5 April

10.30 a.m. Northern Ireland Group – Meeting in Caffè Nero, Fountain Centre, Belfast (opposite Waterstones) – 10.30 a.m. to 12.00 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).

Thursday 5 April

Lunchtime Cumbria/Borders Group – Time, venue and topic to be confirmed. For further details, contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Friday 6 April

Sussex Group – Time and venue to be confirmed. All are welcome. For further details, contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Tuesday 10 April

2.00 p.m. Liverpool Group – Meeting at The Pen Factory on Hope Street 2.00 p.m. to 4.00 p.m. It’s downstairs next to the Everyman Theatre, about a ten-minute walk from Central Station. We're going to discuss finding work with publishers and self-publishing authors. 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).

Wednesday 11 April

12.00 noon Toronto Group – The topic will be marketing (leaning heavily on Louise Harnby's excellent books), niche markets, and getting better (paying) clients. We will also have a bring-and-share light lunch.

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 16 April

7.30 p.m. 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 17 April

11.00 a.m. Northamptonshire Group – Meeting at the Kino Lounge in Kettering. We will have a look at LinkedIn, and also contingency planning. What measures do you have in place for when things go wrong? What works? And what doesn’t? For further details, contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Wednesday 25 April

7.30 p.m. North West England Group – Meeting at The Windmill, Chester Road, Tabley, Knutsford WA16 0HW. We usually have something to eat around 8.00 p.m., and the meeting finishes around 9.30 p.m. For further details, contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

______ May

Devon Group – Meeting in Torbay – date, time and venue 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).

Monday 14 May

7.00 p.m. South Warwickshire/Coventry Group – Venue (in Leamington Spa) to be confirmed. We meet from 6.30 p.m. onwards in a bar and then move to our table at 7.00 p.m. 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 24 May

12.30 p.m. 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).

Wednesday 6 June

10.30 a.m. Northern Ireland Group – Meeting in Caffè Nero, Fountain Centre, Belfast (opposite Waterstones) – 10.30 a.m. to 12.00 noon. This will be an informal social meeting with no specific discussion topic, and 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).

Wednesday 6 June

12.30 p.m. Wessex Group – At the Cricketers Arms, Eastleigh, near Southampton. All welcome but please RSVP so we know what size table to book. Thanks very much. For further details, contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

______ July

Devon Group – Meeting – date, time and venue 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).

Monday 16 July

7.00 p.m. South Warwickshire/Coventry Group – Venue (in Leamington Spa) to be confirmed. We meet from 6.30 p.m. onwards in a bar and then move to our table at 7.00 p.m. 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 19 July

12.30 p.m. 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).

Wednesday 1 August

12.30 p.m. Wessex Group – At the Cricketers Arms, Eastleigh, near Southampton. All welcome but please RSVP so we know what size table to book. Thanks very much. For further details, contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Monday 17 September

7.00 p.m. South Warwickshire/Coventry Group – Venue (in Leamington Spa) to be confirmed. We meet from 6.30 p.m. onwards in a bar and then move to our table at 7.00 p.m. 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 19 September

10.30 a.m. Northern Ireland Group – Meeting in Caffè Nero, Fountain Centre, Belfast (opposite Waterstones) – 10.30 a.m. to 12.00 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).

Thursday 20 September

12.30 p.m. 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 12 November

7.00 p.m. South Warwickshire/Coventry Group – Venue (in Leamington Spa) to be confirmed. We meet from 6.30 p.m. onwards in a bar and then move to our table at 7.00 p.m. 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 22 November

12.30 p.m. 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).

Tuesday 27 November

Northern Ireland Group – Christmas lunch – time, date and venue 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).