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’Tis the (editing conference) season

Conferences offer editors an opportunity for continued professional development, a meeting place to engage and socialize with our peers, and a reason to get out of the house and perhaps travel somewhere we’ve never been before.

Last year, many editing conferences were cancelled due to COVID-19. Although we’ve come a long way in the last year and are now in the initial stages of a global vaccine rollout, in-person gatherings are still uncertain.

As a result, many editing associations and organizations have decided to hold their 2021 annual conferences virtually. While an online format may not offer quite the same networking experience as an in-person conference, it does present an opportunity to attend conferences you might not normally be able to go to.

Here’s an overview of what’s coming up!

The Society for Editing (ACES)

Refine & Refresh

April 22–23, 2021


  • Members:* US$150
  • Student members: US$50
  • Non-members: US$250
  • Student non-members: US$100


Can’t-miss event:

Registration closes Thursday, April 8, 2021.

Session recordings will be available until July 31, 2021.

* Member rates also apply to members of Editors Canada, the Editorial Freelancers Association, the Journalism and Women Symposium, and the Society of News Design.

Council of Science Editors (CSE)

Shaping Our Future by Embracing Adaptability

May 3–5, 2021


  • Members: $299 (early bird $269)
  • Non-members: $499 (early bird $469)


Can’t-miss events:

Early bird registration closes April 9, 2021. Regular registration closing date not posted.

Session recordings will be available.

Plain Language Association International (PLAIN), Clarity International, and the Center for Plain Language

Access for All: Plain Language Is a Civil Right

May 11–13, 2021


  • Members and registrants of the October 2020 Access for All conference: $199 (+$5.98 registration fee)
  • Non-members: $249 (+$7.23 registration fee)
  • Students: $79 (+$2.98 registration fee)

Can’t-miss event:

Registration closing date not posted.

Editors Canada

Editors Transform

June 12–13, 2021


  • Members:* $499 (early bird $399)
  • Student Affiliates: $249
  • Non-members: $699 (early bird $599)
  • Speakers: $249


Can’t-miss event:

Early bird registration closes April 26, 2021. Regular registration closing date not posted.

Session recordings will be available until September 30, 2021.

* Members rates also apply to members of partner organizations .

European Association of Science Editors (EASE)

Promoting Sustainability in Scholarly Publishing: The Role of Editors

June 23–25, 2021


  • Members: £100
  • Non-members: £200


Registration closes June 16, 2021.

Institute of Professional Editors (IPEd)

Editing on the Edges

June 28–30, 2021


  • Members:* A$220 (early bird A$190)
  • Non-members: A$350 (early bird A$290)


Early bird registration closes May 27, 2021. Regular registration closes June 24, 2021.

Sessions will not be recorded, with the exception of sessions running concurrently. Recordings for concurrent sessions will be available until September 30, 2021.

* Member rates also apply to members of the Chartered Institute of Editing and Proofreading, the Editorial Freelancers Association, Editors Canada, the National Association of Independent Writers and Editors, and the Professional Editors Guild.

Chartered Institute of Editing and Proofreading (CIEP; formerly SfEP)

CIEP Conference 2021

September 11–14, 2021

Society of English-Language Professionals in the Netherlands (SENSE)

September 16–18, 2021

Mediterranean Editors and Translators

The Style Issue

October 14–15, 2021

American Medical Writers Association

Trends and Opportunities for Medical Communicators

October 27–30, 2021

Editorial Freelancers Association (EFA)

August 2022

Northwest Editors Guild

Red Pencil Conference


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