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About the local group
The group first met on 17 September 2005, with six people attending the inaugural monthly meeting. Although initially successful, monthly meetings proved unsustainable and after a drop in attendance, the group became inactive for a short time before restarting in February 2009 with bimonthly meetings.
These were initially held in a local pub, but we were then fortunate enough to be given access to a meeting room in the Holy Trinity Church in Norwich, which became our permanent base until late 2017, when we moved our meetings to the Heathfield Centre, adjacent to Heathfield Student Community Home in Norwich. The facilities there allow us to enjoy a bring-and-share meal before each meeting (starting at 7.00 p.m.), and this is then followed by a very informal discussion (starting at 7.30 p.m.) where we share tips, pass on potential work leads, share recent successes and challenges, give each other moral support and reassurance, and offer opportunities to network and socialise with other members as well as those interested in becoming an editor or proofreader.
At every second meeting, we hold a structured workshop covering an editing or proofreading topic. Previous topics have included:
- Pricing a project
- FRedit and other macros
- Editing tools
- Accounting software
- Record keeping
- Software for analysing and checking documents
- Computer tools and other tools for editing
- Using Excel to help manage your business
- Setting up a website that works for you
- Editing/proofreading fiction
Future topics planned include:
- Macros for Beginners
As well as the bimonthly meetings and occasional coffee get-togethers (to welcome prospective new members), we occasionally have group outings, and in recent years these have included visits to:
- Clays (book printers)
- RefineCatch (typesetters)
- Cromer (a day at the beach!)
We are a friendly, helpful and sociable group and are always pleased to welcome people who are interested in joining SfEP and finding out more about life as an editor or proofreader. Within our ranks we have a wealth of experience, and a good mix of oldies and newbies, from a variety of backgrounds, all of whom are happy to share their experience and support each other.
It was quite a daunting thing for me when I first set out into the SfEP world, I had no idea how to get going with any of it. I'm very lucky to have been able to join such a wonderful group – your encouragement and advice have increased my confidence by leaps and bounds, and although I'm still to land my first job, you've given me the boost I need to keep at it.Feedback from a newcomer to the group
As a local group, we set up a directory-type website – Norfolk Proofreaders and Editors Network (NPEN) – in 2017 to market our services to local authors, students, academics and businesses.
Find out more
Details of upcoming meetings can be found in the Calendar of events.