Editors' Association of Canada

Pre-conference SeminarsFR

For those looking to enhance their conference experience with extra sessions, the Toronto branch is pleased to offer the following pre-conference seminars, which are held at the Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute on 209 Victoria Street.

Sign up and secure your spot by May 30th, 2014.

Author-Editor Relations

Friday, June 6, 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Location: Room 241
Presenter: Jennifer Glossop
$100 members, $120 non-members (HST extra)

Muse or tyrant? Midwife or surgeon? How do writers see their editors? This seminar will look at this crucial relationship from the first encounter through to publication and beyond. It will include strategies on how to ensure a good working relationship and how to encourage writers to do their best work. In addition, author Martha Baillie will discuss the experience of being edited and offer a view from the other side of the desk, virtual or otherwise.

Jennifer Glossop   Jennifer Glossop has worked as an in-house and a freelance editor for the past thirty-five years. She has worked with the authors of non-fiction books, including Peter Edwards, Peter Gzowski, Anne Kingston, Peter Mellen, David Suzuki, and Kim Vicente. Among the fiction authors she has edited are Margaret Atwood, Gail Bowen, Marian Engel, Sylvia Fraser, Maureen Jennings, Larissa Lai, Shani Mootoo, Susan Musgrave, Fred Stenson, and Tim Wynne-Jones. She has also taught editing and written a number of children's books.
Martha Baillie   Martha Baillie is the author of The Incident Report, which was nominated for the Scotia Bank Giller Prize; The Shape I Gave You; and Madame Balashovskaya's Apartment. Her non-fiction has appeared in Brick magazine, and she has written and spoken about contemporary visual art for the AGO and the Koffler Gallery. Her forthcoming novel, The Search for Heinrich Schlögel, will be published in September 2014 by Pedlar Press in Canada and Tin House Books in the United States.

Editing Recipes for Magazines & Cookbooks

Friday, June 6, 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Location: Room 240
Presenter: Julia Armstrong
$120 members, $145 non-members (HST extra)

This session will interest copy editors and food writers who want to learn the basics of recipe editing. With an emphasis on the need for consistency, the workshop will address the elements to consider in ingredient lists and methods. Along with an overview of reference tools and resources, there will be discussions about standard recipe components and phrases, style sheets, and author preferences. Examples and copy editing exercises will be drawn from magazines and cookbooks. This session will also offer practical tips on proofreading a cookbook.

Julia Armstrong   Julia Armstrong began her publishing career in the copy department at Canadian Living, where she first learned recipe style. After three years as chief copy editor, she became a senior editor in the food department. She later worked as chief copy editor of Toronto Life, until being appointed a senior editor at Style at Home, where she edited decorating stories as well as the food and entertaining pages. Julia has also copy edited and proofread several cookbooks for HarperCollins, Random House, and Robert Rose. She served as project editor for The Complete Canadian Living Cookbook by Elizabeth Baird and The Canadian Living Test Kitchen. Since 2010, Julia has been a manuscript editor at the Dictionary of Canadian Biography.

A Foot in the Door: Resumés for Editors

Friday, June 6, 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Location: Room 240
Presenter: Avivah Wargon
$100 members, $120 non-members (HST extra)

Beginning editors invest time and energy in applying for work, yet many of their resumés don't demonstrate the basic skills required for the job. Whether you are applying for in-house or freelance work, this seminar will help you avoid some all-too-common pitfalls of quality, content, and presentation. You will learn what to include and what to leave out. The class will also examine fictitious samples of poor, acceptable, and very good resumés.

Avivah Wargon   Avivah Wargon has more than 30 years' experience as an editor, including 14 years as a supervising editor at Pearson Canada, where she recruited freelance editors for university and college textbooks. She has recently returned to freelance editing.

A is for Author: An Introduction to Editing Books for Younger Readers

Friday, June 6, 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Location: Room 241
Presenter: Janice Weaver
$120 members, $145 non-members (HST extra)

Editing books for younger readers is a uniquely creative undertaking. Children's book editors need to understand how words and pictures work together to tell a story and so require not only a facility with language, but also an appreciation for illustration and a keen eye for design. This seminar will introduce you to the special skills needed to edit texts for younger readers. How does this work differ from other types of editing? What is the relationship between the editor and the illustrator?

In this seminar, we'll look at the process of creating a children's book, from concept to illustration roughs to final layouts. We'll examine the different types of children's books—from picture books to middle grade, fiction and non-fiction—exploring the pleasures and challenges of each. You'll get a thorough overview of this unique (but sometimes undervalued) area of book publishing and you'll have the opportunity to try your hand at the work with some sample text and illustration roughs.

Janice Weaver   Janice Weaver has worked as a book editor for 20 years, both freelance and in-house, most recently as senior editor of the young adult publishing program at Doubleday Canada. She's also the author of eight non-fiction books for children and has won or been nominated for numerous awards and honours, including the Ontario Library Association's Silver Birch and Red Maple Awards, the California Reading Association's Eureka Children's Book Award, and the Orbis Pictus Award for Outstanding Nonfiction for Children.

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