Program Meetings

May 2015 Program Meeting_Jane StarrettSD/PEN conducts Program Meetings on the third Thursday of every other month at 6:30 pm.

Program Meetings include featured speakers or panelists, announcements, updates, and, of course, time for networking.

Meetings are free for SD/PEN members and $10 for nonmembers.

Whether you are a member or not, take this opportunity to attend the next SD/PEN Program Meeting and network with professional editors.

Click on the Program Meeting listings below for more information and the "Read more" button for meeting location details.

Note: program topics and presenters are subject to change.

Copyright Basics and Current Issues—What Editors Need to Know @ SD County Health Services Complex
Mar 15 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
barbaramurphy2The majority of current U.S. copyright laws were written in the early 1970s—prior to the widespread availability of photocopiers, videotape, personal computers, and digital images.  We’ll discuss how those laws influence today’s publishing practices, what the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) is, and why you should know now about proposed future changes, like the virtual Copyright Small Claims Court.

Barbara A. Murphy, our presenter, is a partner at Murphy Intellectual Property. Her practice includes all areas of intellectual property law, including procurement, licensing, and litigation of patents, trademarks, and copyrights. She received her J.D. cum laude from Wayne State University Law School and was an associate at the intellectual property firm Banner & Witcoff in Chicago, Illinois. She is admitted to the State Bars of Illinois and California, the United States Patent and Trademark Office, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.

She regularly holds Tuesday Guru Hours at the Hera Hub in Sorrento Valley.

Navigating Style Sheets Toward Editorial Excellence (rescheduled) @ SD County Health Services Complex
May 17 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Paul RICHMONDAfter you’ve landed that prestigious copyediting job, your attention immediately shifts to ensuring you’re prepared with the necessary tools and resources to do excellent editorial work and perpetuate future job opportunities. One of those tools is a style sheet: a collection of decisions made by the copyeditor during editing or directions mandated by the publisher for the copyeditor to follow during editing. Depending on the project, style sheets can be simple and straightforward or complex and technical.

Paul Richmond will present several sheet formats (from old-school to new-techie versions) and describe how many in the industry (as individual freelancers or larger office-based editorial teams) use them.

Topics covered during the program include

  • Who uses style sheets and who owns them
  • Differences between sheets and guides
  • Why are style sheets needed
  • What should appear on a style sheet (and what should not)
  • Popular formats of style sheets
  • Receiving vs building a style sheet
  • Electronic style sheets (HTML) and metadata (XML)

Time permitting, Paul will also take questions related to copyediting as viewed from within publishing and describe how UC San Diego Extension’s Copyediting Certification program prepares individuals to succeed in the industry.

(Note: this program was originally scheduled for January 18 and was rescheduled to May 17 due to illness.)

Paul Richmond is a Supplier Development Manager within the Digital Transformation/Supplier Services department of Elsevier Inc. Elsevier is a world-leading publisher and data-analytics company in STM (science, technology, medicine) academia. Based in San Diego, Paul supports operational and editorial performance of the company’s global English language-editing and copyediting vendors. With a background in technical and developmental editing, Paul is also an instructor for and professional adviser to the UC San Diego Extension Copyediting Certification program. He has been instructing since 1999.