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Poetry Editing Group Gippsland (PEGG)

Poetry Editing Group Gippsland (PEGG) is a group of poets committed to writing and perfecting their poetry. PEGG's principles Poets of all abilities, ages, cultural backgrounds and levels of ...

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Writers and editors: symptoms of vicarious trauma

Writers and editors who work with traumatic material (i.e. stories involving descriptions of traumatic events) can suffer 'vicarious trauma'. That is, although they are not the victim of the trauma...

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Writers and editors: rules for managing vicarious trauma

If you are about to launch into an activity or project that involves working or dealing with people who have suffered or are suffering from violence or abuse, you are at risk of suffering vicarious...

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Tips: hyphens, and em and en dashes

While the way hyphens are used is pretty universal, rules of usage about en and em dashes differ depending on your country, and your organisation's style guides. The below rules apply to Australian...

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Our history and why we need a Treaty

Our past = our present The town where I live, Moe, Gippsland, has been the home of Gunaikurnai people for over 40,000 years. The name 'Moe' means 'swampy country' in Gunaikurnai. My home on the so...

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Book launch – A life: I am what I am, by Joan Sammon

This is a memoir about childhood abuse, mental illness and resilience. The importance of asking for help and being supported by mental health professionals. Living with post-traumatic stress, schiz...

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The normality of ‘evil’

I've always been fascinated by evil: why some people choose to commit terrible acts, while  others in the same situation don't. Why some people are cruel to animals and children while others aren'...

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Safety for female freelancers and sole traders

This article is based on my experiences as a female freelancer in Australia, and is directed at other female and female-identifying freelancers; however, some of the safety risks/strategies mention...

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Recovering from vicarious trauma: an editor’s case study

Recently, I woke up to discover I was falling slowly into a pit. I have been there before, several times. The difference now is that I know its name: vicarious trauma. And I know its causes a...

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Tips: grammar, punctuation, spelling

Grammar 'That', 'which' and whether to put a comma before which Traditionally, we use "that" with restrictive clauses and "which" with non-restrictive clauses. A restrictive clause 'restricts' th...

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