Marisa Wikramanayake waiting to present during the IPEd Conference freelancing workshop in 2013
Events,  IPEd 2017

IPEd Conference 2017 is next week and guess who is going? Pssst. It will be me.

Yay! I am off to the IPEd conference!

And then of course you would ask “Yeah, ok Mari, what does IPEd stand for?”

IPED: Institute of Professional Editors. Professional society of editors working either in-house or freelance throughout Australia.

Basically, once every two years, somewhere in a state capital, the IPEd conference is set up and run by the local branch of IPEd. In 2013, it was our turn in Perth and yours truly was the IPEd Conference convenor. Yes. There is a video on the about me page. Go watch it. We were cool.

In 2015, the IPEd Conference was in Canberra but I could not go. I was all things IPEd Conference burnt out.

But this year, the IPEd Conference is in Brisbane and not only am I going but I am also speaking! On three panels! Upon my word and honour!

So if you are going to the conference and you want to come and catch up with me or come and meet me, you are most welcome to and here is where you can find me:

13 Sept: Wednesday night – I will be at the welcome cocktail function at the Rydges Southbank
14 Sept: Thursday morning  – I will be on the freelancing panel.
Thursday night – I will be at the gala dinner.
15 Sept: Friday morning, find me on the huge building alliances panel.
Friday afternoon, find me on the mentoring panel.
Every morning and afternoon tea and lunch break I will be somewhere warm and near the food. Please take note of this. Food will be key.

If you will be attending the conference, the hashtag is #iped2017 and the program is here.  I won’t be liveblogging the conference unless I have energy after having deep meaningful thoughts but I will be livetweeting and instagramming so make sure you follow me on @mwikramanayake and @marisa.wikramanayake to keep up.

You can definitely talk shop with me, take photos of me and all that stuff. And if you are going to be there, please let me know and leave a comment below. It will be awesome to keep an eye out for you. Also ask me about my manuscript because it is looking for a home.

Marisa is a globetrotting freelance writer, journalist and editor with cat for hire (her, not the cat). She is usually based in Melbourne but is currently flouncing around in Perth for a week for the Inaugural 2018 KSP - Varuna Foundation Fellowship. She will be at Melbourne's Continuum and online running a Writers' Bloc course in the coming weeks.

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