Sally-Anne Watson Kane’s professional development in writing and editing

Professional development: writing and editing non-fiction, memoir, family histories, poetry, fiction


Ongoing (2021 and beyond)

Sally-Anne Watson Kane:

Sally-Anne Watson Kane has attended workshops and seminars (and has presented several workshops) in 2020-2021, as follows.

Upcoming: 1 June 2021: online author talk – Anita Heiss. 22 May 2021: PEGG poetry editing workshop facilitated by Sally-Anne Watson Kane.

1 May 2021: Sydney Writers Festival events (online, streamed to Latrobe City Library in Moe). Barrie Cassidy & Friends: Opposition and Dissent: … Is a life of protest and dissent good for the soul or is it soul destroying? Barrie, Scott Ludlam and Sally McManus. Isabel Wilkerson: Caste – The Lies That Divide Us: … The powerful and unspoken social hierarchy that shapes our lives. Sarah Krasnostein and (?): … The Believer, a deftly drawn enquiry into the power of belief. Richard Flanagan and Laura Tingle:The Living Sea of Waking Dreams and capturing in words the things we’re losing.

10 April 2021: The decolonised editor: unconscious bias, representative publishing, and a way forward for editorial best practice, by Dr Radhiah Chowdhury, presented by NSW Editors/IPEd (Vimeo recorded event 6.10.20).

30 March 2021:  OHS for editors working with sensitive and explicit content, by Renee Otmar, presented by Editors Victoria (IPEd).

29 March 2021: Editing narrative non-fiction, by Nadine Davidoff, presented by Editors Victoria (IPEd).

25 March 2021: So you think you’ve finished your manuscript – now what? by Life Stories Australia presenters Heather Millar, Renee Otmar, Ian Davies, Annie Payne, Susan Pierotti and Sally-Anne Watson Kane.

20 March 2021: Sally-Anne Watson Kane facilitated Poetry Editing Group Gippsland (PEGG) poetry editing workshop.


24 November 2020: memoir writing and author presentation by Sue Gunningham, presented by East Gippsland Shire Council (libraries).

28 October 2020: attended Editing Family History (webinar) presented by Editors Tasmania.

13 October 2020: attended Editing Poetry and Fiction (session/discussion) by Dr Naomi Parry, presented by Editors Victoria (IPEd).

23 September 2020: attended Disability Equality Training (for editors) presented by Publishability.

17 September 2020: attended Manuscript Assessment  (session/discussion) presented by Editors Victoria (IPEd).

27 July 2020: attended Introduction to SEO [website/blog] (webinar) presented by Work My Own Way.

23 July 2020: attended Editors working with self-publishing writers (session/discussion) presented by EdANZ/IPEd.

7 July 2020: attended Editing fiction and poetry (session/discussion) presented by Editors Victoria (IPEd).

4 July 2020: facilitated Poetry Editing Group Gippsland (PEGG) poetry editing workshop

17 June 2020: attended When Words Matter – how do writers chronicle world-changing events? (webinar) presented by Meanjin.

4 June 2020: attended Documenting life stories during and after COVID-19 (webinar/forum) presented by Life Stories Australia.

23 May 2020: facilitated Poetry Editing Group Gippsland (PEGG) poetry editing workshop.

12 May 2020: attended Editing memoirs (session/discussion) presented by Editors Victoria (IPEd)

30 April 2020: attended Let’s get published [self-publishing: ebooks, hard copy books, audio books] (webinar) presented by Patrice Shaw, PS Editing.

2019 and previous

Sally-Anne Watson Kane has presented or attended the following workshops and seminars:

15 November 2019: presented Life story writers/editors and vicarious trauma  seminar/session at Life Stories Australia (LSA) forum

9 November 2019: facilitated Poetry Editing Group Gippsland (PEGG) half-day poetry editing workshop

22 October 2019: attended online mentoring workshop for IPEd mentors and mentees, presented by IPEd

12 October 2019: attended Editing Diverse Voices seminar, presented by Editors Victoria/IPEd. Presenters: Bridget Caldwell, Carly Findlay, Kirstie Innes-Will. About editing material from a diverse range of cultures,  involving authors with disabilities or about disability issues, and/or involving Indigenous authors or about Indigenous issues

September 2019: co-founded (with three other local poets) Poetry Editing Group Gippsland (PEGG)

7 September 2019: presented How to edit your own poetry workshop by On Time Typing, Editing and Proofreading

15 August 2019: attended Setting up life story contracts/agreements interactive webinar, presented by Life Stories Australia (LSA)

10 August 2019: attended Reporting Pell seminar, presented by Louise Milligan (Bendigo Writers Festival – Writers Victoria). About interviewing victims; writing and publishing stories of sexual abuse; ethics; post-traumatic stress disorder

28 June 2019: attended Writing trauma and traumatised characters all day workshop, presented by Lea Scott and Queensland Writers Centre. Participated in sessions including: trauma and PTSD in memoir, biography and fiction; interviewing trauma survivors; neuroscience of trauma; ethics; self-care for writers, editors or researchers dealing with vicarious trauma; building trauma/PTSD symptoms into the  narrative structure; post-traumatic growth arc within the narrative

20 June 2019: attended Marketing and memoir writing seminar/workshop by Life Stories Australia

25-26 May 2019: attended Latrobe Literary Festival events around writing, writing/visual arts mixes, and the issues faced by writers with disability. Organisers/facilitators included Writers Victoria; Writeability

May 8 – 10, 2019: attended Institute of Professional Editors (IPEd) national conference Beyond the page 2019  workshops and seminars including:

  • Editing non-fiction, memoir and trauma: Memoir and life writing; Editing personal trauma stories – practical tips to limit the emotional cost; Life writing – how can it do good and how can it cause harm?; When to care and not to care – the editor’s angst; Ethical considerations of editing an autobiographical work…
  • Ethics, editing across cultures and accessibility: Ethics in editing and OHS for editors; Copyright for editorial gatekeepers; Sensitivity readers – who, what, when and why editors should use them; Illness in editing – resonance and the integration of paradoxical knowledge; Accessibility – creating content for everyone; Accessibility and the Australian Inclusive Publishing initiative.
  • Blogging for your business
  • Other: Young adult and popular fiction genres – editing for multiple markets; Digital collections – archival and editorial impulses remixed; How ‘other’ professions inform editing…; The Wheeler Centre for Books, Writing and Ideas; IPEd updates – committee and steering group, and the seventh edition of Australian Government Style Manual.

March 7, 2019: awarded Certificate of completion of Mentor Induction (RMIT – editing industry)

February 2018:  participation in Own Voices Forum: Why Writing Matters – social model of disability best-practice language, advocacy and power, presented by Writers Victoria

September 2017: achievement of Certificate – Simplified Recruitment Merit Selection Training, Office of the Commissioner for NT Public Employment, Public Sector Appeals & Grievances Review, Darwin NT

2015 to 2018: completion of short courses around online marketing, SEOing, blogging, and business management

2016: attended Critiquing Manuscripts workshop, Writers Victoria

2013 to 2014: Sally-Anne (On Time Typing) presented verbal and written submissions to the Inquiry into Telecommuting and e-Business conducted by the Rural and Regional Committee of the Parliament of Victoria; final report produced and published in 2014

2008: Completed short course: Microsoft Publisher – iGain, Victoria

2006:  Completed Staff Selection – Interview techniques & interview report writing, presented by NT Department of Corporate and Information Services

1999-2001: on-the-job training/experience in editing and self-publishing (1999 voluntary; 2000-2001 funded by Australian Volunteers International)

2000-2004: participated in a number of NT Writers’ Centre events

2000: Completed Tetun Language Course, Timor Aid, Dili, East Timor


  • completed units of Bachelor of Arts (English Literature double-major) at Charles Darwin University, NT. High Distinction (HD) awarded for: English Literary History, 20th Century Australian Literature, World Literatures, Modern Literature, Independent Study (William Blake), and Evolution of Humankind and Culture. Distinction or Credit awarded for: Contemporary Fiction, Indigenous Health Issues, South-East Asian Studies 2
  • regularly attended Darwin Poetry Group performing readings; regularly  performed at spoken word events at Browns Mart, Darwin
  • on-the-job training (volunteer) in editing, design and self-publishing
  • on-the-job training in copy editing with a newspaper in Halifax, Canada.

Sally-Anne’s awards/achievements

  • For details of Sally-Anne’s current and previous editing and self-publishing experience, go to: Publications and Editing experience
  • 2019: Mentor Induction (RMIT) award
  • 2017: On Time Typing was a finalist in the 2017 Federation Business School Gippsland Business Awards – Business and Professional
  • January 2016: On Time Typing ‘opted in’ to be covered by the relevant sections of the Privacy Act (1988) (Australia). Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC) advised on 27/1/16: ‘[We]… will be including your details in the Opt-In Register under s 6EA(3) of the Act. … OAIC appreciates your commitment to protecting individuals’ privacy. Thank you for adopting the Australian Privacy Principles as your standard when handling personal information.’
  • 2013: On Time Typing was a finalist in the 2013 Bendigo Bank Gippsland Business Awards, On-Line Retailing/e-Business
  • 2002: Sally-Anne Watson Kane received the Australian Government Award: ‘The Australian Government expresses its gratitude to Sally-Anne Watson for a valued contribution towards assisting developing countries to reduce poverty and achieve sustainable development’. Award signed by Prime Minister John Howard and Minister for Foreign Affairs Alexander Downer
  • 1991: Sally-Anne was awarded Certificate of Merit – 20/20 English, Year 12, and Certificate of Achievement – 20/20 English, Year 12.

Photograph: Sally-Anne Watson Kane. 

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