The Professional Editors Network presents professional development meetings on the second Tuesday of the month from September to May. These events cover a wide range of topics and may be led by PEN members, outside experts, or a combination of both. We also offer occasional happy hours and additional learning opportunities for members through workshops and online classes. Meetings and happy hours are free; workshops and online classes may carry an additional cost. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are currently holding all professional development meetings virtually.

If you’re not yet a member, you may attend up to two regular monthly meetings before joining PEN. Happy hours are always fully open to both members and nonmembers unless stated otherwise.

Monthly List
February 2022
People seated together at a table and taking notes

Editing Outside Your Own Experience

Editors often take pride in being generalists, able to polish any text without being experts in its content. Yet when a work conveys the writer’s identity and/or experience, a careless query or “standard” edit might change meaning or even imply an insult. ...
February 8
1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Online Event
March 2022

Modern Language in Historical Fiction

In historical fiction, writers and editors often have to toe the line between making the language accurate and making it accessible. When does a turn of phrase go from charming to anachronistic? ...
March 8
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Online Event
April 2022
Multiple people working on laptops and notebooks

Editing “Nontraditional” Media

Creative writing—and editing—goes beyond familiar media such as novels and scripts. What is it like to edit a tabletop role-playing guide, a comic collection, or a video game? What skills are needed to work with these types of materials compared to editing more "traditional" forms? ...
April 12
1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Online Event
May 2022
No event found!