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Student affiliate program
Are you a student who is thinking about becoming an editor or working with one? Discover what editors do and how they work by becoming a student affiliate of the Editors' Association of Canada (Editors Canada). For a fraction of the cost of a full membership, you can network with and learn from practising professionals through social media, in-person meetings, seminars, conferences and volunteer opportunities.
11 Reasons to Become an Editors Canada Student Affiliate
1. Jumpstart your career affordably. Receive many of the benefits of full membership for about one-fifth of the cost.
2. Network with local editors. Join them at monthly meetings or in coffee shops, at holiday parties and at professional development events, to learn what is happening in the editing world.
3. Make valuable connections and build your skills. Attend the annual Editors Canada national conference, a weekend of learning, networking and fun. Held in a different Canadian city each year, it is the perfect setting for meeting editors and developing professional skills.
Being a student affiliate got me the discounted registration for the editors conference in June 2015. The conference was interesting, challenging, informative, and fun—a great investment. Everyone was friendly, approachable, supportive and encouraging about my leap from the corporate world into freelancing. I made real connections there.
4. Find work and help work find you. Purchase an annual listing in the Online Directory of Editors. This searchable online resource helps employers and clients find the right editor fast.
5. Qualify for a scholarship. Apply for the $1,000 Claudette Upton Scholarship, awarded annually to an Editors Canada student affiliate to promote their continuing professional development in editing.
6. Chat around the virtual water cooler. Discuss the business of editing, debate language-related issues and share employment opportunities in the email forum and on social media channels including the members-only Facebook page.
7. Stand out from the crowd. Volunteer to work with a team of colleagues to achieve a common goal. You'll interact with influential editors and members of related fields, learn new skills, expand your portfolio and increase your career options.
I joined Editors Canada as a student affiliate to attend the first international editors conference (hosted by Editors Canada). I was looking for networking and volunteering opportunities to connect with real-world working editors. I was nervous, not knowing whether I'd be "accepted" in the community. Well, after helping out at conference registration, attending a seminar and volunteering at the Word On The Street festival, I can confidently say that editors are a really friendly bunch of people! In fact, my Facebook friends list has nearly doubled!
8. Get a discount on seminars and the annual conference. Experts in a range of editing-related subjects will help you build a strong foundation and develop your expertise. With workshops on grammar, copyright law, copyediting, running a freelance business, marketing your services and many other topics, there is something for everyone.
I've learned a lot from seminars, conferences and online tools available to student affiliates. I now know how to market my skills, manage my finances, find work and communicate effectively with authors. I've also gained valuable skills and connections as a volunteer. Editors Canada student affiliate status pays for itself and then some!"
9. Access the members-only area of the Editors Canada website. This is a rich source of information about the business of editing. Take advantage of our job board, contact other editors on our membership list and get group discounts on supplies and services.
10. Download the association's free publications. These include Professional Editorial Standards, Guidelines for Ethical Editing of Theses/Dissertations and the Standard Freelance Editorial Agreement.
11. Use the student affiliate logo. It shows people what you do and demonstrates your status with the association.
How to Become a Student Affiliate
Student affiliation is open to anyone enrolled in full-time post-secondary studies (in any discipline) or part-time in an editing or editing-related post-secondary course.
Applicants for student affiliation must supply proof of student status. This can be any document showing the name of the educational institution, the applicant's name and a date (including the year), such as
- a tuition receipt,
- a signed letter from a professor, or
- an unofficial transcript.
Benefits Comparison: Student Affiliates and Full Members
|Free subscription to Active Voice/Voix active (Editors Canada national magazine)||X||X|
|Free subscription to branch or twig newsletter||X||X|
|Free or discounted attendance at local meetings||X||X|
|Registration discounts on seminars and the annual conference||X||X|
|Discounts on Editors Canada publications||X||X|
|Qualify for the Claudette Upton Scholarship||X|
|Volunteer opportunities with the association||X||X|
|Option to purchase an annual listing in the Online Directory of Editors||X||X|
|Use of appropriate annual association status logo||X||X|
|Access to the "Members Only" area of the Editors Canada website||X||X|
|Access to Editors Canada email discussion forum and private Facebook group||X||X|
|Access to the Editors Canada Internship Guidelines (in development)||X||X|
|Regular communications about association business||X||X|
|Right to vote (branch and national level)||X|
|Nomination for elected positions||X|
|Use of @editors.ca email address||X|
|Access to insurance packages||X|
|Access to the Editors Canada mediator||X|