September 2014 Program meeting_flipSD/PEN conducts Program Meetings on the third Thursday of every other month at 6:30  pm. Program Meetings feature special guest speakers or panelists who discuss a variety of topics pertinent to editors, writers, and freelancers.

SD/PEN also periodically hosts special Networking Events, including our annual holiday party.

In addition, SD/PEN presents one or two Workshops each year that offer in-depth and often hands-on instruction in different topics, from grammar to web technology.

Click on the event listings below for more information.

Note: program topics and presenters are subject to change.

Workshop: Kickstart Your Home-Based Writing and Editing Business @ Hera Hub
Oct 21 all-day

2016Workshop_sqareJust launching a freelance editing and writing business or looking to take your business to the next level? Then be sure to sign up for our next full-day workshop that will give freelance editors and writers indispensable knowledge and skills to become more effective and successful.

The all-day workshop will present five one-hour presentations on five distinct topics related to setting up and improving your home-based business. Topics include

  • Business Liability and Contracts with Alex Bennett
  • Time Management with Janina Goldberg
  • Finding Clients with Martin Ceisel
  • Pricing and Profitability with Nikki Achartz
  • Digital Marketing Strategy with Allison Mellon

The registration fee is $60 for members and $90 for nonmembers and will include coffee, beverages, and pastries in the morning and a networking lunch.

Seating is limited, so register today!

Sponsored by Society for Technical Communication San Diego (STC San Diego) and the San Diego Professional Editors Network (SD/PEN).

The ABCs of LGBT Language for Writers and Editors @ SD County Health Services Complex
Nov 16 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

JanetFWilliamsAn abundance of LGBT writing, themes, and content has emerged on the popular scene along with an expanded vocabulary. Our presenter Janet Williams will teach writers and editors about the fast-changing LGBT-related dos and don’ts for fiction and non-fiction markets, including the proper use of pronouns, how to smooth out same-sex sex scenes, and using LGBT lingo. She will also discuss of LGBT archetypes.

Writer/editor Janet F. Williams is owner of and author of You Don’t Ask, You Don’t Get, a Kirkus top 10 book of the year. She has written articles and op-eds of interest for local and national LGBT markets, and writes lesbian romance under the pen name Zoe Amos. For more information, visit