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How to convince your boss to send you to Editing Goes Global

From June 12 to 14, the Editors' Association of Canada (EAC) and the Professional Writers Association of Canada (PWAC) will host the first international conference of editors. Editing Goes Global takes place at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre. We invite you to join the global editing and writing community to hear speakers from the US, the UK, Ireland, India, New Zealand and Canada and to connect with communication professionals from around the world during this unparalleled weekend of international networking learning and fun.

Sessions for in-house editors

In-house editors, does your employer pay for professional development courses? Sell your boss on the conference by showcasing it as several mini-courses.

Conference sessions can help you see if you should take a more formal course on a specific topic. Or sessions can expand your knowledge to where you need it, or let you understand a topic well enough to explore it on your own.

Tight training budget?
Check out "Using Social Media: Making Connections, Building Communities" for real-life examples of how writers and editors use social media for professional development.

Problems with corporate jargon?
You'll benefit from "No, the Law Does Not (Normally) Require Legalese" and "International News: Plain Language and Clear Communication in 2015."

Big documents no one wants to read?
These sessions will help: "Taming the Beast: Effectively Restructuring Online Policies and Processes" and "Clear Communication by Design: An Editor's Guide to Effective Documents."

Not enough time to do everything?
Then you really need "Triage Editing: What to Edit if You Have 3 Minutes, 3 Hours, 3 Days or 3 Weeks."

The conference is a good investment of training dollars. It helps you, plus you can take all you learn back to your colleagues. Talk to your boss today.

Want some buddies at EAC's conference?

Are you:

  • a new EAC member?
  • a longstanding member attending your first conference?
  • someone who'd like to make connections with new people before the conference starts?

If so, consider signing up for our conference buddies program, which matches up editors in small groups, each coordinated by a lead buddy. Buddies can get to know each other before the conference starts, through email or on Facebook. During the conference, buddies can get together at the beginning of the day, at breaks and lunches, at social events—whatever works for the group.

We'll have a pre-arranged meeting place and message board for conference buddies. This year we're hoping to set up a "buddy bench" or "buddy room," with some more-seasoned local editors available for questions or just to chat.

If you'd like to be in a conference buddies group, email Xina Brousalis and include "Conference buddies" in the subject line. When we've matched up all the buddies, we'll put the groups in touch with one another so they can start to communicate before the conference.

Markets and mentors

Do you have a side business, marketable hobby or book you'd like to sell? Interested in promoting your business or association? The conference vendor fair is a great way to share your products with fellow editors, writers and communications professionals.

The cost for a table is either 15% of sales for vendors or $250 + Ontario HST for non-vendors (display only). If you would like more information or are interested in securing a table, please email Breanne MacDonald. Space is limited and will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.

speed mentoring. n. A focused 15-minute one-on-one Q&A with an editing expert that can be stimulating, enlightening and career-altering.

This year, we have a new approach to these wildly popular mentoring sessions. We want you to tell us who you want mentoring you—name names, point fingers at fields, divulge preferred specialties, sing like a canary. Send your suggestions to Joanna Odrowaz.

Register now!

Haven't registered to attend Editing Goes Global yet? What are you waiting for? Advanced-rate discounts are in effect until April 30.

Visit www.EditingGoesGlobal.ca to register now.

If there's one EAC conference every editor or writer should attend, it's Editing Goes Global. There may never be a better networking opportunity than this.

Don't forget: Register by April 30 to take advantage of the advanced-rate discounts. We're adding sessions and speakers regularly so check the conference website for the latest updates and be sure to follow the Editing Goes Global team on Twitter (use hashtag #editors15).

Thanks to the sponsors of Editing Goes Global

George Brown

SFU Continuing Studies

Centennial College

Oran Boyle

PerfectIt