Editing digital texts


The speaker at our March general meeting will be Pamela Hewitt, a freelance editor at Emend Editing.

You can attend either in person or via a Zoom webinar. Please register on this Trybooking page if you wish to attend in person.

Date: Wednesday 29 March 2023
Time: 5.45 pm (on site), 6.30 pm (webinar)
Further details below.

(For details of upcoming meetings, scroll to the bottom of the page.)

About the presentation

Digital publishing is a moving target. Not only does the technology change but content on websites and apps is constantly updated, corrected, expanded or completely revamped, sometimes rapidly. Content may be accessed across multiple platforms, formats and devices, incorporating images, audio and video. It’s important for editors to develop the skills to navigate the evolving writing techniques and business models of the digital space.

In this presentation, Pamela takes a critical look at what the gurus say, showcasing some landmark examples of digital presentation and suggesting practical means for editors to collaborate with clients, including publishers, organisations and writers.

The focus of this presentation is editing for onscreen delivery but not technical aspects like tagging, markup languages or coding.

The presentation will cover:

  • What the digital revolution means for publishing – blurred boundaries between processes, shorter chains of production and a device-agnostic approach
  • Editing for digital audiences – how to handle the transition from print to screen, the rules and when to break them, chunking and linking, parallel content, rich assets and interactive texts
  • Evolving business models – advances and royalties, self-publishing, digital rights management, partnership payments and crowd funding
  • Brave new world – while acknowledging transferable skills, we’ll consider new approaches to reading and marketing text, and emerging collaborative publishing models.

Pamela will also talk about innovations in interactivity from fiction, websites, blogs, vlogs, apps and enhanced eBooks, including video, audio and other media.

About Pamela

Pamela Hewitt is an accredited editor who has worked in publishing for over 30 years. After an in-house career in educational and academic editing, she established Emend Editing, a freelance practice specialising in fiction, memoir and narrative non-fiction. Many titles she has edited have won literary awards.

Pam Hewitt photo

To attend in person

Please register on this Trybooking page if you wish to attend in person.


The Durie Room
St Mark’s National Theological Centre
15 Blackall St (not Blackall Place)
See MAP.


The room opens at 5:45 pm. The presentation begins at 6:30 pm.

Need to cancel?

Return your ticket directly into the TryBooking system to make it available for someone else.


Would you like to dine at Bambusa in Manuka at 8 pm after the meeting with Pamela and other CSE members? If you’d like to join us, please REGISTER by 3pm, Wednesday 29 February, so that we can finalise bookings.

To attend the webinar (via Zoom)

Use this Zoom webinar link
Passcode: 164669

Details for joining in a web browser:

Go to https://zoom.us/join
Webinar ID: 810 9932 2050
Passcode: 164669

Details for dialling by phone:

Dial the number for your area: Australia: +61 2 8015 6011 (ACT.NSW) or +61 3 7018 2005 (Vic/Tas) or +61 7 3185 3730 (Qld) or +61 8 6119 3900 (WA)
Follow the prompts to enter:
Webinar ID: 810 9932 2050
Passcode: 164669

The webinar audience can use Zoom’s Q&A functionality to ask questions or offer opinions. (You will not be able to see the presentation or participate in the Q&A if you attend by phone call.)

The webinar will not be recorded.

Other General Meetings this year

26 April

David Whitbread

A presentation about the third edition of the Design Manual, which is due to be launched in March,

31 May

Hugh McKay

Truth in fiction and non-fiction

28 June

Stephanie Owen Reader

Stephanie is both a well-published author of children’s literature and an editor. (Topic to follow.)

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