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Editing stories of trauma

EdsQ member meeting 5 June 2019

It seems everyone is writing a memoir, and many of them contain various kinds of trauma stories. The emotional cost of telling and editing these stories sometimes takes both author and editor by surprise. Belinda will share tips from what she learned (the hard way) about the benefits of planning ahead and taking the potential emotional impact seriously.

Date: Wednesday 5 June 2019
Time: 6:00 pm for drinks and nibbles with a 6.30 pm start
Venue: Ashgrove Library, 87 Amarina Ave, Ashgrove (NB Note the change of venue just for this meeting!)
Cost: $12 members; $17 non-members; QWC members at EdsQ member rates - bring your membership receipt to the event. Books will be on sale by cash or card.
Dinner: After the meeting we will have dinner nearby at Macho Macho, 498 Waterworks Rd, Ashgrove (Map).
For a seat at the table, please RSVP to edqld.events@iped-editors.org.

Belinda Pollard had a unique opportunity for 'continuous improvement' in her management strategies when she edited a book of ten mini-memoirs for a domestic violence charity and suffered for it Then they scheduled another two books!

We don't have to become psychoanalysts, Belinda says, but we can take simple steps that help both ourselves and our clients. Hear more about these steps at our June member meeting.

According to Belinda, editing trauma stories can be hard work, but when we manage the project wisely, the outcome can be surprisingly meaningful and even healing.

To book this meeting, click here.

Our presenter
Belinda Pollard AE, is Director of Small Blue Dog Publishing. She is a freelance book editor with degrees in Communication and Theology, a background in news journalism, and more than twenty years' experience editing non-fiction and memoir for specialist publishers and self-publishers, including clinical psychologists. Her blog for writers and editors at smallbluedog.com receives many thousands of visits per month.


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