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.

  • Workshop Program

    8:30 am – Registration/Networking
    9:00 am – Alex Bennett: Legal Basics – Liability and Contracts
    10:15 am – Janina Goldberg: Time Management
    11:30 am – Martin Ceisel: Finding Clients via Bid Sites
    12:30 pm – Networking Lunch
    1:30 pm – Nikki Achartz: Pricing and Profitability
    2:45 pm – Allison Mellon: Digital Marketing Strategy – Getting More Clicks, Customers, and Conversations

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!


About the Presenters

NikkiAchartzNikki Achartz (Pricing and Profitability) of Snap Savvy Strategies has helped hundreds of entrepreneurs develop a comprehensive visual content marketing strategy that integrates the right mix of professional photos, self-generated images, and content to build the KNOW > LIKE > TRUST > BUY relationship and shorten the sales conversion process.



AlexBennettAlex Bennett (Legal Basics) is a business attorney with over ten years of experience in the legal industry. He is also a freelance editor and writer. Prior to starting his editing career, Alex formed and administered legal entities for a major Silicon Valley law firm and a renewable energy company in San Francisco. Today his legal practice is focused on working with small businesses, including freelancers.



Martin Ceisel (Finding Work) has seven years of professional writing experience, including technical writing, copywriting, and every freelance opportunity you can think of. He is currently an in-house copywriter for Welk Resorts.



JanineGoldbergJanina Goldberg (Time Management) is a Mindset & Process Strategist who works with female entrepreneurs in creating, evaluating, and streamlining current business practices and processes and cultivating a strong mindset to accomplish them. Janina helps you get clear on the “It’s all in my head” processes and mind chatter using her unique ‘white board’ method and partners with you to declutter, clarify, and co-create a plan for bringing your best self to achieving more in your business.


AllisonMellonAllison Mellon (Digital Marketing Strategy) is an agency-seasoned digital marketing consultant and campaigner. She reviews site performance and optimizes to build better brand experiences. She partners with creative and development teams to push boundaries and transform ideas into effective, measurable marketing platforms and programs. She's a hands-on production partner who always adds a bit of levity to every working relationship and project.


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

SD/PEN Annual Holiday Party 2017 @ SD County Health Services Complex
Dec 7 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

JackieEstrada&CoCelebrate the holidays with fellow editors at our final event of the year! The annual holiday party and networking event is the perfect time to learn about potential work opportunities for the new year, add new friends to your referral network, and share your success stories.

The evening’s festivities will include a buffet dinner, delicious desserts, interactive games, door prizes, and the end-of-year grand prize drawing! (You can’t win if you don’t attend.)

RSVP by commenting below no later than
Tuesday, December 5

Cost: Free to SD/PEN members; $10.00 for nonmembers

You are welcome to show off your baking skills by bringing a dessert to share!