Editors’ and Proofreaders’ Alliance of Northern Ireland


EPANI has two main aims:

  • to establish and maintain high professional standards in editorial skills in Northern Ireland;
  • to make it easier for publishers, businesses and writers/authors to find the right freelance for the job.

We have an online discussion group where we share information and advice, and we meet up once a quarter in Belfast (usually on a weekday morning). Keep an eye on our News section for the date of our next meeting.

If you’re interested in becoming a proofreader or an editor, have a look at our Career Advice page. If you want to know more about EPANI and would like to come along to a meeting, drop us an email.

EPANI directory
The EPANI directory is intended to help publishers and authors/writers source the right editorial freelancer for their project and aims to reflect a high professional standard. So while anyone can apply to be listed, not everyone will be accepted. There is also a small annual fee, currently £25.

To be listed in the directory, you should meet the following conditions:

  • live and work in the north of Ireland.
  • be self-employed (either part-time or full-time) as an editorial professional and available to take on work should a client contact you.

In addition, you should:

  • be a member of a professional editorial organisation such as the CIEP or AFEPI Ireland. Entry-level or Intermediate members of the SfEP must also have evidence of relevant training with a recognised organisation and/or previous experience, either as a freelancer or in-house.


  • have previous extensive in-house or freelance editorial experience.

We are happy to consider applicants with unusual career paths, so if you’re in doubt about your training or previous experience, please ask. If you would like to apply for a listing in the directory or want further information, email us for an application form.

EPANI is an initiative founded and administered by Averill Buchanan, and supported in a voluntary consultative capacity by colleagues in the alliance.