Conference news and announcements
30th anniversary conference: Down in history!
June 19, 2009 9:45 a.m.
The 30th anniversary conference went down in the books as the most attended conference in EAC history. Almost 350 people came from as far away as New Zealand to attend the conference or conference-related events, such as the Toronto branch's popular pre-conference workshops, the 30th anniversary welcome reception and the Tom Fairley Award banquet.
From June 5 to 7, editors and other communications professionals gathered together at the 89 Chestnut Conference Centre in downtown Toronto for a record-breaking weekend of exciting career advancement opportunities, networking and fun.
Whether you were a zombie-enthusiast, a networking newbie or an entrepreneur looking for the best business practices, the 30th anniversary conference had something for everyone.
- We rang in EAC's anniversary year with a fun slideshow and hit tunes from the last 30 years at the conference welcome reception.
- Author and screenwriter Tony Burgess introduced the zombie flick Pontypool and took part in a Q&A session after the screening.
- Nora Young set a forward-looking tone for the conference with her keynote address on social media and changes in information and communication.
- The dynamic sessions ranged from copy editing to Word shortcuts, textbooks to kids' books, sexing the language to information architecture, and making Japanese paper to making connections.
- We shopped 'til we dropped at the Exclamation Mart, the conference vendor fair, where we bought chocolates, jewellery and other editing essentials.
- We heard from major publishers, associations and cultural institutions, such as HarperCollins Canada, Random House Canada, ECW Press, McClelland & Stewart, BookNet Canada, Access Copyright, the Royal Ontario Museum, the Art Gallery of Ontario and the Power Plant at Harbourfront.
- We congratulated the newest certified editors and Canada's first Certified Professional Editors.
- Melva McLean graciously accepted the 2008 Tom Fairley Award for Editorial Excellence.
- We also celebrated 25 years of editorial excellence in Canada by unveiling a commemorative 25th anniversary Tom Fairley Award poster.
- Pier Giorgio Di Cicco paid tribute to editors during his banquet address. He also insisted he isn't funny. (We laughed.)
- Nancy Flight shared her cherished memories of Claudette Reed Upton-Keeley when she announced the new scholarship named in Claudette's honour. The Claudette Upton Scholarship will be awarded to a promising EAC student editor for the first time in 2010.
- James Harbeck and Anna Olivier presented the best of the bad as we recognized the winners of this year's Oops Awards.
- We explored the future of EAC at the closing plenary. The panellists envisioned our association expanding its branch/twig structure and forming strategic alliances with the companies we work with, sister organizations and editors across the globe.
The 30th anniversary conference was one of EAC's best yet. Thanks to all of the volunteers, presenters and attendees who helped to make the conference a huge success. We hope to see you in Montreal for Conference 2010.
Pier Giorgio Di Cicco's address to the 30th anniversary conference
June 15, 2009 3:15 p.m.
I think editors have the most important vocation surrounding the act of literature and communication. Publishers are a dime a dozen. Writers, well, there's one under every rock. Readers, well, God bless them; there are hungry readers everywhere and many more people who don't read at all.
And I will not say that a good editor is hard to find. A great editor may be rare; but any editor—by the fact of his or her dedication to standard, accuracy and the precise midwifing of text for public understanding—carries a conscience of service and an ideal of bringing to the light of day the authentic in communication.
I, for one, have known only one bad editor and he is no longer in the business, nor is his publisher for that matter.
The business of poetry is perhaps the hardest thing to edit. I have been graced to work with some fine editors: Dennis Lee, Ellen Seligman, Kevin Burns and Anne Louise Mahoney, to name a few. Each had a different style of listening, of cogitation, of envisioning. I learned early on a respect for the creativity that brings a thought to fruition or brings clarity to the inchoate. It was sometimes painful, but I learned criticality and gratitude, not for a collaborator, but for a co-writer. Indeed, a good editor is a writer inside of me; a voice I had not heard, a benevolent voice, focused on the best of the intention of my work.
Now not all of you here are literary editors; you mediate all kinds of language and languages to many purposes. And to all of you I say, you are the guardians of language. In an age when communication is abbreviated and bruised with text messaging, jargon, virtual shortcuts; when the visual experience erodes the narrative one; when people spend more time with screens than books; when a generation of young professionals is better versed with the digital than with grammar; when young people can hardly be understood after an education of spell checks, Wikipedia and secondary sources, it is up to you, the world of editors, to ensure that intelligible language is preserved, furthered and respected.
I want to congratulate the association on the 30th anniversary. And as for the future, the theme of this conference, I want to suggest to you that it isn't the future of the industry that is at stake. It is the future of literacy. The algorithms of the digital are gradually replacing the algorithms of syntax. The icons of discrete information are replacing the units of meaning. The elliptical timeframes of journalistic writing are replacing the clarity of structure, introduction and recapitulation. And your challenge is to avoid the trends of expedient communication while remaining practical and visionary.
Of all the locations of public service, yours is perhaps the most poignantly crucial; because communication is what we all bring home to our families, our children, our friends, our communities. Language is that bond that will make us a humanized society or render us more foreign to each other. Every period, every comma, every reshaping, every rewriting is a labour of love to the maintenance of a legacy by which human beings can understand each other.
I have a new software program at home. It's called MacSpeech Dictate. It's a voice dictation program so advanced that I can compose, write and switch applications—in short, to do everything without a keyboard or mouse. I speak editing instructions and sometimes, by accident, the program inadvertently corrects me. Someday they might have a program that guesses at the intention of my writing. Someday there might be a program that is an editor. Correction is easy. There might come a program that can chart the future. There will never be a program that can celebrate the past, and it is doubtful that the future can be charted if it isn't first envisioned by people who feel for the worth of what they're doing. It is that worth that you are charged with, that you cherish and that your readers cherish in you. I congratulate you in that celebration and wish you Godspeed as champions of the word.
June 6, 2009
Pier Giorgio Di Cicco
Poet Laureate of The City of Toronto
Reprinted with permission.
A Message from the Mayor
June 3, 2009 1:15 p.m.
It is my pleasure to congratulate the Editors' Association of Canada (EAC) on its 30th anniversary and welcome delegates of the EAC conference to our city.
Headquartered in Toronto with a national member base of 1,800 freelance and salaried editors, EAC promotes the use of professional editing to produce effective communication in all sectors.
The theme of the conference, "Celebrating the Past, Charting the Future" is especially apt. The growth of the association's modest beginnings from a small gathering of young, Toronto editors in 1979 to a national association of this size and calibre, is an accomplishment for which you can be proud. I commend you for your ongoing commitment to professional development and effective communication.
On behalf of Toronto City Council, please accept my best wishes for a memorable anniversary celebration and another 30 years of success.
Mayor David Miller
Last day to register for the 30th anniversary conference
June 1, 2009 10:20 a.m.
We've broken EAC's conference registration record! With 216 people already scheduled to attend, registration for the 30th anniversary has surpassed the record number set back in 1993 when EAC held its first conference. Don't miss this opportunity to join a record number of editors and writers for a weekend of networking, professional development and fun.
If you haven't registered for the 30th anniversary conference yet, don't delay! Registration closes TODAY. Register now.
The 30th anniversary conference takes place from June 5 to 7 at the 89 Chestnut Conference Centre in downtown Toronto.
The Exclamation Mart
Might we suggest some shopping at the conference? You might want to bring a little spending money—and maybe even your holiday gift list.
"The Exclamation Mart," EAC's vendor fair, will be held at 89 Chestnut on Saturday, June 6, from 12:15 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. We hope to tempt you with an artful selection.
Beautifully designed, unique and useful desk accessories
One-of-a-kind, hand-crafted fashion accessories
Superbly crafted elegant journals (at surprisingly reasonable prices)
Internationally best-selling novels, personally autographed
Charming magnets with thoughtful messages—the perfect little takeaway
Notebooks featuring spectacularly photographed cover art
Stationery, cards and bookmarks made with exquisite Japanese papers
Plus, a selection of greeting cards, EAC books, Certification Study Guides and more. A portion of the proceeds from the vendor fair benefit EAC. Cash, cheques, MasterCard and VISA accepted.
Registration for the 30th anniversary conference closes TODAY. Register now.
May 21, 2009 11:45 a.m.
Still looking for a reason to shell out your hard-earned dollars (tax deductible, of course) to go to the 30th anniversary conference? Here are 26 good reasons, alphabetized for your convenience.
|A ||All the cool editors are going. |
|B ||With Conference Buddies you won't have to mingle single. |
|C ||The lead singer for The Circumstantialists leads EAC workshops—groove to the band at our 30th anniversary welcome reception! |
|D ||Diagnosis: Medical Editing. Become a better medical editor, stat! |
|E ||89 Chestnut's executive chef was recipient of the 2001 Toronto Escoffier Society's Chef Member of the Year award. Classy conference cuisine! |
|F ||Quelques ateliers sont disponibles en français. |
|G ||FEAC founding member Sandra Gulland autographs her internationally best-selling books. |
|H ||Be part of history in the making—EAC will only turn 30 once. |
|I ||Indexing workshop, see also: another great session at this year's conference. |
|J ||The Japanese paper session will bring joy to your soul. |
|K ||Kids' books editors give us a peek at their bunny eat bunny world. |
|L ||You'll laugh, you'll learn, you'll be with so many people you really like. |
|M ||Discover the world of museum catalogues from the Royal Ontario Museum, the Art Gallery of Ontario and the Power Plant at Harbourfront. |
|N ||CBC's Nora Young, our keynote speaker, talks tech for technophobes and technogeeks alike. |
|O ||The Oops Awards—meed we say nore? |
|P ||Poet Laureate Pier Giorgio Di Cicco, our banquet speaker, has a reputation for comedic flair. |
|Q ||What does "queer" really mean? Learn how to edit for sexual minorities. |
|R ||Ripple effect. The connections you make at the conference will be far-reaching. |
|S ||Superstar Editors—the biggest names in Canadian publishing share their wisdom. |
|T ||Applaud the nominees for the Tom Fairley Award at the banquet. |
|U ||It's all about us. Editors are not behind the scenes at our conference! |
|V ||Merchandise at the Vendor Fair has been thoughtfully selected to delight you. |
|W ||Wikis, tweeting and blogs, oh my! You'll be a whiz of a wiz after the social media session. |
|X ||What's up with words like xylophone? James Harbeck takes on English spelling. |
|Y ||Years from now, when we're still talking about this conference, you'll be so glad you were there. |
|Z ||Zombies stalking and terrifying us on Friday! Zofia Laubitz talking about certifying us on Saturday! |
The 30th anniversary conference will take place from June 5 to 7 at the 89 Chestnut Conference Centre in downtown Toronto. Register now!
The Lieutenant Governor of Ontario extends best wishes to EAC on its 30th anniversary
May 8, 2009 1:00 p.m.
The Honourable David C. Onley, O.Ont.
Download the Lieutenant Governor of Ontario's letter (PDF, 63 KB)
New conference sessions announced!
Diagnosis: Editor! A panel discussion on medical editing
Saturday, June 6 at 10:00 a.m.
Medical texts can run the gamut from health-care articles for the layperson to complex clinical reviews for geneticists—and they all need an editor. Join us for an interactive panel discussion on working with pharmaceutical companies, publishing houses, medical communication agencies and more, in the capacity of both medical editor and writer.
Saturday, June 6 at 11:15 a.m.
Are you thinking of a career as an editor, but aren't sure how to get started? Are you a junior editor who feels you would benefit from the insight and wisdom of a more experienced editor? Speed mentoring may be just what you're looking for. Speed mentoring gives you the opportunity to meet with a senior editor who will help dispel the myths and unravel the mysteries of an editing career.
Sunday, June 7 at 11:30 a.m.
Meet four of the most respected in-house editors from Canada's highest-profile book publishers. These superstars have worked with hundreds of authors, from the well-known to the up-and-coming. In this fascinating and fast-paced panel discussion, they'll share some of their hard-won wisdom while discussing time and market pressures, publishing trends and the challenges of editing big-name and first-time authors.
Recruiting Conference Buddies
Are you excited about EAC's conference because you'll be meeting new people? Or are you anxious about EAC's conference because you won't know very many people?
EAC's Conference Buddies matches outgoing editors with shy editors. We'll arrange pairs or small groups that can meet up at the start of the conference day, sit together at full-group sessions and lunches, and get together at breaks and social events.
Conference Buddies is optional—you don't have to join. But if you do want some Conference Buddies, email Helena Aalto by Friday, May 15. Be sure to identify yourself as shy or outgoing and include your contact information, where you're coming from and where you'll be staying during the conference. Feel free to include information about yourself that you'd like us to know as well—especially if it might help us find your matches.
When we've matched all Conference Buddies, we'll put the groups in touch with one another so they can coordinate to meet up at the conference.
Whether you're outgoing or shy, you'll have an even better time at the conference if you join Conference Buddies. We look forward to hearing from you.
New conference poster
May 6, 2009 1:00 p.m.
Download the new 30th anniversary conference poster (PDF, 1.8 MB).
There's still time to join the fun and excitement!
Join a record number of publishing and communications professionals for inspiring and informative sessions, fun networking opportunities, and our gala banquet, featuring our infamous Oops Awards, where we poke fun at our favourite typos and grammatical blunders from around the world. Register today!
April 15, 2009 10:15 a.m.
We're excited to announce that registration for our annual conference is the highest it's been since the association's first conference. With just over six weeks to go, almost 200 people have already registered for the 30th anniversary conference. There's still time to register, so don't miss out on the fun and excitement. Register now.
NEW! Schmoozing, shopping and more
We've added another session to the conference lineup! Networking is an essential skill for all professionals. Whether you work freelance or in house, creating and maintaining business relationships is crucial to furthering your career. On Saturday, June 6, Riça Night gives us the keys to success with her session, Networking with Integrity. Learn how to leave a lasting impression and network like a pro. Then spend the rest of the conference sharpening your schmoozing skills.
Want to shop without leaving the comfort of the conference venue? Shop to your heart's content at the conference vendor fair on the afternoon of Saturday, June 6! Whether you're looking for books, office supplies, software or the latest technological toys, you'll find them at the conference vendor fair.
A taste of the old and the new with the pre-conference workshops
The Toronto branch is offering three exciting pre-conference workshops on Friday, June 5. Much like the 30th anniversary conference itself, these workshops will celebrate our past and help you chart the future of your career.
Already a legend, Eight-Step Editing is the classic workshop that gives both writers and editors techniques to improve readability. If you haven't taken this workshop before, or you haven't taken it in a while, now's your chance!
On-Screen Editing with Microsoft Word 2007
Whether you've upgraded to 2007 or you're just considering (and dreading) it, this workshop is a must. Newcomers to the program will learn how to work confidently with functions they have been struggling with or never knew existed; more experienced users will learn how to accomplish tasks more efficiently.
On-Screen Proofreading with Adobe Acrobat
On-screen proofreading is here, and many clients are already asking proofreaders to work in Adobe Acrobat. This workshop will provide participants with knowledge of the tools most commonly used in on-screen proofreading.
Zombies attack EAC's conference welcome reception!
April 3, 2009 10:00 a.m.
Zombies will be the chaser after the conference welcome reception on Friday, June 5! After celebrating our 30th anniversary with live music and EAC history bites, you'll have just enough time to catch your breath before a 9:00 p.m. screening of Bruce McDonald's new zombie thriller, Pontypool.
From the Pontypool website:
Shock jock Grant Mazzy has, once again, been kicked off the Big City airwaves and now the only job he can get is the early morning show at CLSY Radio in Pontypool, Ontario, which broadcasts from the basement of the small town's only church.
What begins as another boring day of school bus cancellations quickly turns deadly when reports start piling in of people developing strange speech patterns and evoking horrendous acts of violence.
Before long, Grant and the small staff at CLSY find themselves trapped in the radio station as they discover that this insane behaviour taking over the town is actually a deadly virus being spread through the English language itself.
Do they stay on the air in the hopes of being rescued or are they in fact providing the virus with its ultimate leap over the airwaves and into the world?
Tony Burgess, who wrote the book and screenplay, will introduce this well-reviewed film and answer questions after the closing credits. (Director Bruce McDonald might show up too.) The Globe and Mail calls Pontypool "a very smart, distinctly Canadian zombie movie directed with considerable aplomb."
Being an editor can be terrifying, but can you handle the threat of being destroyed by a virus spread through the English language? Join us to watch Pontypool…if you dare!
Register for the conference…before it's too late!
If you haven't registered for the 30th anniversary conference yet, don't delay! Today is the last day to take advantage of the early-bird discounted rate for members and save $80 on your conference registration.
Editors' Association of Canada announces expanded schedule for its 30th anniversary conference
April 2, 2009 12:30 p.m.
This just in: Now you have more reasons to register for the Editors' Association of Canada's 30th anniversary conference! We've added new sessions to the exciting lineup. Here's a sneak peek of some of the new sessions and more.
Give your business a boost
Greg Ioannou, Marion Soublière and others share secrets for successfully landing government contracts.
Carolyn L Burke helps us explore the best practices of successful business owners and entrepreneurs—practices that deliver results.
Make the most of technology
Janice Cunningham and Asha Jhamandas show us how to use wikis and blogs to enhance our social networks—and our careers.
Gaëlle Chevalier demonstrates how voice recognition software can save valuable time. (French session)
Jodie Renner shares indispensable Word shortcuts, advanced tips and tricks guaranteed to help us work more efficiently.
Get the latest industry news
Access Copyright's Roanie Levy discusses the impact of Google's online book content on publishers, authors and editors.
Expand your repertoire—books and beyond
Top editors Lynne Missen (HarperCollins Canada) and Tara Walker (Kids Can Press) talk about editing picture books, young adult novels and children's non-fiction.
Publications managers from the Royal Ontario Museum, the Art Gallery of Ontario and The Power Plant (Harbourfront Centre) delve into the complexities of editing in the cultural sector.
Bestselling author Sandra Gulland (The Josephine B. Trilogy) discusses editing historical research.
... and so much more!
More than 25 conference sessions, demonstrations and discussions have been confirmed, with even more to come.
Toronto's Poet Laureate to speak at conference banquet
March 19, 2009 11:15 a.m.
We're pleased to announce that Toronto's Poet Laureate Pier Giorgio Di Cicco will be guest speaker at the conference banquet. This prolific writer has authored 20 volumes of poetry since 1976. In 2004 he was the Emilio Goggio Visiting Professor in Italian Studies at the University of Toronto. In that same year, he was appointed Poet Laureate of the City of Toronto and his book, The Dark Time of Angels, was nominated for the Trillium Book Award. Di Cicco's inspirations on building the creative capacity of cities have made him a sought-after urban consultant, and his contributions to the mayor's Roundtable on the Arts and Culture have been widely publicized. Di Cicco is also curator of the Toronto Museum Project and Global Centre for Cities.
Conference 2009 program announced!
March 13, 2009 3:00 p.m.
The preliminary program schedule for "Celebrating the Past, Charting the Future: The 30th Anniversary Conference" is now available. Start planning your conference experience today!
More than 20 conference sessions, demonstrations and panel discussions have been confirmed, with more sessions and streams to come. Check out the program descriptions and meet our esteemed presenters.
Register now for Conference 2009!
February 23, 2009 4:00 p.m.
Registration for Celebrating the Past, Charting the Future: The 30th Anniversary Conference is now open!
For those travelling to Toronto for the conference, we ask that you consider measures to reduce your carbon footprint. You can do this by buying carbon credits from Planetair. Visit Planetair's website for more information on this green initiative.
The conference takes place June 5–7 at 89 Chestnut Conference Centre, behind City Hall and close to the Eaton Centre in downtown Toronto. Join us in celebrating 30 years of camaraderie.
Editors' Association of Canada members and MagNet conference attendees register at special early-bird rates, but only until April 3. Register by April 3 to save $80 off the regular conference fee.
Conference keynote speaker announced!
January 22, 2009 12:00 p.m.
This year's keynote address will be presented by Nora Young. Nora started her career with CBC Radio as the founding host and a producer of Definitely Not the Opera, and is now the host of Spark, the weekly half-hour show that examines the intersection of technology and life. Nora has a love-hate relationship with technology and culture—something many of us can relate to—so she's the ideal companion to gently usher technophobes and technogeeks alike through the latest trends. She also contributes to a trend-watching blog, The Sniffer, in which she discusses such diverse topics as robot seals, wearable motorcycles and the sophistication of Canadian Internet users.
We now have a snazzy new logo to celebrate the Editors' Association of Canada's 30th anniversary year and the 30th anniversary conference. Thanks to Saskatoon member Michelle Boulton for creating this vibrant design!
Conference 2009 needs your embarrassing pictures
January 15, 2009 10:00 a.m.
The opening reception of "Celebrating the Past, Charting the Future: The 30th Anniversary Conference" will be a celebration of our history, and what better way to relive the past 30 years than through pictures? If you have photos or other memorabilia from EAC's past, particularly the early years, please contact Helena Aalto. Photos can be hard copies or in digital format. These treasures will be displayed at the reception on Friday, June 5.
November 13, 2008 1:00 p.m.
EAC's 30th anniversary conference will take place from June 5 to 7 at the 89 Chestnut Conference Centre in downtown Toronto. This conference centre is a unique venue that offers affordable hotel rooms on site as well as meeting facilities. Visit the 89 Chestnut website for more information.