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EAC: National e-news update, August 18, 2009

News, events, tips and updates for members of the Editors' Association of Canada

In this issue:

1. CERTIFICATION: Register now to write the last tests based on the current version of Professional Editorial Standards (PES-1999)
2. CONFERENCE: Introducing the 2010 Conference Committee
3. PUBLICATIONS: Looking for a leader with the write stuff
4. CONNECT WITH MEMBERS: Activate your Membership List profile today
5. RESOURCES: Cultural Careers Council Ontario presents The Business of Art


1. CERTIFICATION: Register now to write the last tests based on the current version of Professional Editorial Standards (PES-1999)

Meeting Editorial Standards: EAC's apprentice on a bookshelf

Meeting Editorial Standards is the perfect certification study companion. This two-volume self-study educational tool covers core editorial skills in a Canadian context. It is adaptable to the needs of all editors—from beginners who are learning the craft to established professionals who are checking and broadening their knowledge. The approach is suitable for either independent study or course work.
 
Visit the EAC website for more information about Meeting Editorial Standards or to place an order through our co-publisher, Captus Press.

Starting in 2010, EAC will adapt its certification program to reflect the new Professional Editorial Standards (PES-2009), which comes into effect on January 1, 2010.

Thinking about becoming a certified editor? Take advantage of this final opportunity to earn your certification based on PES-1999.

While the tests based on PES-2009 will not differ significantly from those based on PES-1999, there are some advantages to writing tests this year if you are already partway through the certification process.

By writing the 2009 certification tests you can:

  • Complete your certification credential. If you've already passed one or more of the tests required to earn a particular credential—Certified Professional Editor (CPE), Certified Structural and Stylistic Editor, Certified Proofreader or Certified Copy Editor—register for the 2009 test that allows you to complete that credential.

  •  Fulfill two new-system requirements by writing the Structural and Stylistic Editing test this year. November 2009 is the last time the combined Structural and Stylistic Editing test will be offered. Starting in 2010, separate Structural Editing and Stylistic Editing tests will be offered, giving test-takers the opportunity to become a Certified Structural Editor or a Certified Stylistic Editor. Earn the combined Certified Structural and Stylistic Editing credential by passing the Structural and Stylistic Editing and Elementary Knowledge of the Publishing Process tests this year.

For more information about the 2010 changes to the certification program, requirements and transfer credits, read the certification FAQ.

Editors from across the country have made the decision to pursue official recognition of their excellent editing knowledge and skill. Isn't it time to have your skills professionally recognized (and get a marketing edge in the process)? Visit EAC's certification website to register online.
 
Remember: Registration closes on Monday, October 26, 2009, at 1 p.m. EDT. As an EAC member you benefit from discounted pricing on the certification tests—plus extra savings if you register for more than one test.


2. CONFERENCE: Introducing the 2010 Conference Committee
The 2010 Conference Committee is pleased to announce the following new committee members:

  • Dania Sheldon (vice-chair of the 2010 Conference Committee and chair of the 2011 Conference Committee)
  • Wendy Gokhool (presenter coordinator)
  • Traci Williams (Montreal Experience coordinator)
  • Sandra Otto (conference webmaster)
  • Marie Simon (conference translator)
  • Diane Ferland (member-at-large)

They are part of a dynamic team that's working hard to create a conference experience that EAC members will be talking about for a long time to come.

We are still looking for one key player:

  • Communications and promotions officer (either English- or French-speaking)

This position needs to be filled immediately.

There are many other interesting volunteer positions available for the conference. For a complete list of committee positions and descriptions, or if you would like work with one of the committee members already in place, contact the conference team at conference2010@editors.ca. Volunteering for EAC carries with it a number of benefits. Don't wait, act now!

EAC's 2010 conference will take place in Montreal over the first weekend in June.

Jacquie Dinsmore and Lysane Jacques
Co-chairs, National Conference Committee


3. PUBLICATIONS: Looking for a leader with the write stuff
Do you dream of developing an essential editing text that will be used by your colleagues, teachers and students for years to come? Are you a natural leader interested in working with a dynamic team of editors? We're looking for a chair for EAC's Publications Committee. This year the committee will focus on developing top-quality teaching materials to support the new Professional Editorial Standards. If you believe the Publications Committee is the place for you, contact executive director Carolyn L Burke for more information.


4. CONNECT WITH MEMBERS: Activate your Membership List profile today
Networking with fellow editors is one of the greatest benefits of EAC membership. Have you activated your Membership List profile yet? Don't delay! Activate your profile to start connecting with other members today.

Visit the Membership List FAQ for step-by-step activation instructions.

Remember, the Membership List is an opt-in service for EAC members only—you must activate your profile to be included. There is no cost for members to activate their profiles or to search the Membership List. The Membership List is only accessible to EAC members, not to the public.


5. RESOURCES: Cultural Careers Council Ontario presents The Business of Art
Cultural Careers Council Ontario (CCCO) announces The Business of Art, a program for artists to gain new business skills, plan for success and take control of their careers.

Starting in September, this seven-week course will give artists from any field an opportunity to develop and present a business plan for their careers.

The Business of Art will take participants through the fundamentals of:

  • business planning
  • market research
  • market action plans
  • financial planning
  • small business management

Senior managers of arts organizations who are experts in their field will teach different course modules.

Dates: Course begins Tuesday, September 29 at 6 p.m.
Subsequent classes held on Monday evenings
Location: 171 East Liberty Street, Toronto
Cost: $150.00 (including the manual)
Enrolment: Limited to 16 people

Full details and a downloadable application are available on the CCCO website. The Editors' Association of Canada is a voting member of CCCO.


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