One day, we might be able to attend conferences of copyeditors virtually, with multiple cameras in every room transmitting conference proceedings and picking up bits of conversation as copyeditors meet over coffee, tea, or wine, depending on the time of day. Until then, we at least have Twitter, and I’ve already created a TweetDeck column for #SfEP14, the hashtag for the Society for Editors and Proofreaders conference in Royal Holloway, just west of London.
The conference starts Saturday with an optional pre-conference introduction to copyediting course. The association general meeting begins at 4:45 p.m. GMT. One of the more meaty matters on the agenda: the adoption of a new membership structure with the categories student, candidate, professional, advanced professional and retired. The professional membership levels would largely correspond to the current ordinary and advanced membership levels. The time a copyeditor could be at the student or candidate level would be limited, and training and evidence of competency would be required to move to the professional status.
Once that’s sorted out, the real training and networking begins. On Sunday morning, Robert McCrum, author of Globish and co-author of The Story of English, will start things off with the annual Whitcombe Lecture. The after-dinner speech Sunday evening will be by Mark Forsyth, who writes the very useful Inky Fool blog.
The conference program is posted online to help those of us who are not in attendance keep an eye on things on Twitter as best as possible. There is a tweetup Sunday at 5:35 p.m.
A contest for all those who tweet using the #SfEP14 hashtag might help with the volume of information coming from just outside the westernmost point of the London Orbital Motorway.