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
October 2021
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From Our Perspective: Black Editors

Moderator CaTyra Polland will guide this discussion with Andrae D. Smith, Dr. Solomon Tention, and Cynthia Williams on how race impacts Black editors, how each panelist became an editor, recommendations to help aspiring Black editors, and solutions to address racial disparity in the publishing world. ...
October 12
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Online Event
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Publisher/Freelancer Social Hour

The Minnesota Book Publishers Roundtable and the Professional Editors Network are joining forces for an in-person happy hour! Whether you're working in-house or freelance or are just interested in the publishing industry, join us to socialize and network. ...
October 14
4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Lake Monster Brewing
550 Vandalia St. #160, St. Paul, MN 55114
November 2021
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How to Supplement Your Editing Income

A creative and business-savvy editor has multiple income streams that include both active and passive revenue. You know how to make money with editing, but how else can you use that knowledge base to supplement your income and help you blast past your financial and professional goals? ...
November 9
1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Online Event
January 2022
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How to Set (or Reset) Your Rates

Do you feel uncomfortable talking about fees with potential clients? Do you often undervalue yourself to win projects? Are you drowning in work but not making enough money? ...
January 11
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Online Event
February 2022
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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
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