Episode 18: The Quad

YouTube watch party added!

That Word Chat with Editor Mark Allen, featuring the Quad mastermind group, is sold out. But while we can't squeeze more than 100 people into the Zoom meeting on September 22, we are happy to announce a YouTube simulcast.

Tune in at bit.ly/ThatWordVideo at 4:30 p.m. EDT (20:30 UTC) September 22 to watch and chat with friends. You can also follow the channel on YouTube and sign up below for a reminder (neither is required—you can just show up and watch).

(Episode 18 will not be available on YouTube immediately after the simulcast. As with all episodes, we'll repost it to YouTube in the coming months.)

The Quad group of editors includes three Robinson Prize winners (including 2020 Robinson Prize winner Laura Poole). All seven share their talents generously with other editors, and we'll hear from all seven on Sept. 22.

Members of the Quad are:

  • Erin Brenner, who runs Right Touch Editing, writing and editing for businesses and industry experts.
  • Sarah Grey, a writer and editor who founded Grey Editing in 2011. She won the Robinson Prize in 2015.
  • Adrienne Montgomerie, who for the last 10 years has spent half her time teaching editors how to edit and how to use tech to make work better and the other half editing science reports and manuals.
  • Katharine O’Moore-Klopf, a board-certified consulting medical editor helping non-native English writers in more than 20 nations get published in more than 50 medical journals. She won the Robinson Prize in 2013.
  • Laura Poole, the founder of Archer Editorial Services and the 2020 Robinson Prize winner.
  • Lori Paximadis, a book editor and proofreader based in Cleveland, Ohio.
  • Amy J. Schneider, a full-time freelance copyeditor and proofreader of fiction and nonfiction books for publishers, packagers, and university presses since 1995.


That Word Chat is at 4:30 p.m. (20:30 UTC) on Tuesday, September 22. Sign up below for a reminder.

Past episodes on YouTube


We are rolling out recorded episodes every two weeks on YouTube. Look for premieres every two weeks at 4:30 p.m. Tuesdays on weeks when there is no Zoom episode. You can subscribe the YouTube channel to get a notice every time we post.


Episodes below in green link to the recorded shows posted to YouTube.

All the episodes

Episode 1 (April 7): Mary Norris

Episode 2 (April 14): Steve Kleinedler and Kory Stamper

Episode 3 (April 21): Roy Peter Clark

Episode 4 (April 28): Martha Barnette and Grant Barrett

Episode 5 (May 5): Ellen Jovin and Brandt Johnson

Episode 6 (May 12): David Crystal

Episode 7 (May 19) Ammon Shea and Peter Sokolowski

Episode 8 (May 26) Lynne Murphy

Episode 9 (June 9): Karen Yin

Episode 10 (June 16): Mignon Fogarty

Episode 11 (June 23): Jesse Sheidlower (with special guest Colleen Newvine)

Episode 12 (June 30): Jane Friedman

Episode 13 (July 14): Stan Carey and James Harbeck of Strong Language

Episode 14 (July 28): Steve Bien-Aime

Episode 15 (August 11): Ben Zimmer

Episode 16 (August 25): Alaina Lavoie and Caroline Tung Richmond of We Need Diverse Books

Episode 17 (September 8): Heather Bonikowski and John Kelly of Dictionary.com

Episode 18 (September 22): The Quad: Erin Brenner, Sarah Grey, Katharine O'Moore-Klopf,
Adrienne Montgomerie, Lori Paximadis, Laura Poole, Amy Schneider

Episode 19 (October 6): Carol Fisher Saller

Episode 20 (October 20): Linda Kass of Gramercy Books

November 3: No episode. Please vote.

Episode 21 (Nov. 10): That Word Chat: The Game Episode

Episode 22 (Nov. 17): Merrill Perlman and Teresa Schmedding

Episode 23 (Dec. 1): Rob and Teresa Reinalda

Episode 24 (Dec. 15): Emily Brewster

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