Past Meeting Topics

Do you want to help choose our future meeting topics? Take the PEN programming survey and attend our annual planning meeting on June 9, 2020!

Members who register for the planning meeting will receive the list below as well as a list of suggested topics by email prior to the meeting.

2019–2020 Season

  • Project Pitfalls
  • Not My Day Job
  • Exploring Specialized Style Guide
  • Creating Effective Style Sheets
  • How to Help Your Author Get an Agent
  • Career Development and Professional Goals for Freelancers
  • Educational Opportunities for Editors
  • Networking at a Distance

2018–2019 Season

  • Spreadsheet Magic
  • Boundary Issues in Editing
  • Marketing for Small Businesses
  • More Work, Less Talk
  • Tips and Tricks of Fact Checking
  • Inclusive Language and Avoiding Bias
  • Harnessing the Power of Word Macros

2017–2018 Season

  • How to Get More Freelance Editing Work
  • Developing an Editing Specialty
  • How to Work with Writers on Plot and Storyline
  • Why I’m Worth It: Redux
  • Working with Clients Whose First Language Is Not English
  • Addressing Resistance in Creative Work
  • Copyright, Fair Use, and Limitations
  • Copy Editing 101: Preparing to Launch into Freelancing