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 15 July

11am London Group – Our Editing Coffee meeting, this month at The Castle at 54 Pentonville Road, London N1 9HF, where our resident American colleague, copy-editor Lynnette Morrow, will talk to us about her mother tongue, American English, and how it measures up to UK English. Come along!

Pastries, fruit and coffee for £4 await, as well as excellent company (which comes for free). Everyone welcome! For further details, contact .(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).

Tuesday 16 July

12.30pm Berkshire Group – Meeting at Ye Olde Leathern Bottel in Wokingham. We will be looking at rates of pay, pricing jobs, estimates and quotes. If you would like to contribute and share your ideas with the rest of the group, perhaps including what system you use to record all this info, that would be great.

Our meetings have an informal relaxed atmosphere and all are welcome. For further details, and to confirm attendance, contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Tuesday 16 July

6.30pm Bristol/Bath Group – Meeting at Toto’s wine bar, Redcliff Street, Bristol. We’ll be enjoying the evening sunshine on the river terrace if we’re lucky or using the lower bar if the weather’s not so great. All are welcome. For further details, contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Tuesday 16 July

6.30pm Kent Group – Meeting at The Compasses, Tunbridge Wells. PLEASE NOTE – MEETING CANCELLED. For further details, contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Tuesday 16 July

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, and a discussion topic will be decided nearer the time. 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 17 July

12 noon Bedfordshire/Buckinghamshire Group – Meeting at the Embankment Hotel, Bedford, MK40 3PD (on the riverside, farther along than The Swan) – see lunch menu. Our topics will be 1) Dealing with problem clients – hints and tips and share your experiences in a safe space, 2) Your favourite editing resources (eg books, webinars, courses, blogs ...) and 3) A book swap. 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).

Wednesday 17 July

6.30pm London Group – Meeting at a restaurant in W1, 6.30–8pm. Details of the meeting will be announced later. If you would like to come to the meeting and if you would like to stay for a meal afterwards at the restaurant downstairs, contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) ASAP.

Thursday 18 July

10.30am East Midlands Group – Meeting at Café Sobar in Nottingham (22 Friar Lane, Nottingham NG1 2DQ). We’ll be talking about all things editing and proofreading, over coffee and cake.

We welcome SfEP/SI members and those considering joining the SfEP. For further details, and to let us know you plan to attend, 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 18 July

11am Northamptonshire Group – Meeting at the Kino Lounge in Kettering. The topic will be ‘Time management’, and we’re looking to come up with some hints or tips, not necessarily a carefully thought-out case study – although if you have one that would be wonderful!

Suggested talking points include 1) Tips for working efficiently, 2) How to carve out time to think about your business, 3) Managing workloads with clients and 4) How do you know when you’re overdoing it? Everyone welcome. For further details, contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Thursday 18 July

11am West Midlands/Birmingham Group – How Editors Edit 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, or 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).

Tuesday 23 July

3pm Cloud Club – The next Cloud Club meeting will be held at 3pm 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 23 July

6.30pm Toronto Group – The topic will be ‘Grammar gripes: grammatical issues that tend to trip us up’.

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 25 July

12 noon Devon (Exeter) Group – Meeting at the Exeter Community Centre, 17 St David's Hill, Exeter EX4 3RG for a useful session on LaTeX with Jessica Stock of Sunrise Setting on how it works; its basic commands; client workflows and generally setting up to work with 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).

______ August

Devon (Plymouth) Group – 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).

______ August

Ely/Fenland Group – We hope to hold a social meeting – perhaps a picnic – during August – 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).

Tuesday 13 August

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 14 August

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

Wednesday 14 August

3pm Cloud Club – The next Cloud Club meeting will be held at 3pm 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 14 August

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).

Tuesday 27 August

1.30pm Glasgow Group – Meeting in a new (to us) wheelchair-accessible venue at Woodlands Workspace, 66 Ashley Street, Glasgow G3 6HW. For further details, contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or tweet @SfEPGlasgow.

Saturday 31 August

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).

______ September

Cambridge Group – Our next meeting will be in September after the summer break – date, time and venue to be confirmed. For further details, contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

______ September

Edinburgh Group – Our first meeting after our summer break – date, time and venue to be confirmed. For further details please contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

______ September

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 5 September

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

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).

Tuesday 17 September

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 19 September

12 noon York Group – Meeting 12–2pm – venue to be confirmed. 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. 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 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

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 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).

Thursday 26 September

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).

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, 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).

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 7.30 pm 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

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).

______ October

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).

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 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).

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).

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).

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 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. 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

11am Devon (Exeter) 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).

______ 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).

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).