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Last chance for discounted conference registration

Now's the time to register for Conference 2008: Editing in the Global Village! As an EAC member, you can register at a special early-bird discount—but only until Wednesday, April 30.

This year's conference takes place June 6–8 at the Shaw Conference Centre in Edmonton and offers something for everyone.

If you're looking for a blend of business and pleasure, fact and fun, and information and interaction, join us in Canada's Festival City as we explore the editing profession from a global perspective.

LISTEN to keynote speaker Ruth Kelly, president and CEO of Venture Publishing and winner of the 2008 Woman of the Year award from Canadian Women in Communications.

PARTICIPATE in sessions on cross-cultural editing, and editing comic books and film subtitles.

JOIN panellists Jalal Barzanji—an accomplished Kurdish poet and editor, and Edmonton's first official writer-in-exile—and award-winning writer and translator David Albahari for a discussion on writing and editing in exile.

SHARE strategies for distinguishing fact from fiction on the Internet at the Senior Editors' Roundtable. Space is limited.

DISCUSS global outsourcing, the future of publishing and the effect of new technologies on the world of words and the way people involved in communication make their living.

ATTEND the closing plenary session, "Editing in the Global Village: Whither—or Wither?—Canadian Editing," where we will discuss the future of editing.

Full conference details, including online registration and detailed session descriptions, are available on the conference website.

Don't delay: register for Conference 2008 by April 30 to save $75 off the conference registration fee.

Billeting Out-of-Town Conference Attendees

We all know editors are neat and quiet and make excellent house pets, oops, guests, so if any Edmonton-based members are willing to billet an out-of-town conference attendee, please contact Conference Committee co-chair Karen Virag at

Remember, the pre-conference informal dinner is on Thursday, June 5 (details to come; watch the website). The conference begins on Friday, June 6, and ends on Sunday, June 8.

Innocence Meets Experience at the Editors' Café

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? At Conference 2008, reap the wisdom of experience at the Editors' Café and take advantage of the opportunity to meet face to face with some of the EAC's most experienced and illustrious members.

Discover the ins and outs of working for a major children's book publisher with Calgary editor Lori Burwash. Edmonton editor Dave Ealey can give you advice on an editing and communications career in government. Award-winning editor Nancy Flight, of Vancouver's Greystone Books, can answer all your questions about being an editor of creative non-fiction and trade books. And if you are wondering what it would be like to quit a job in the middle of your career and become a freelance editor, ask Anita Jenkins. Vancouver-based Frances Peck, who teaches at Simon Fraser University and Douglas College, can give you expert advice on teaching editing. And renowned Toronto-based editor Jan Walter will answer all your questions on non-fiction editing and book development.

To register for the Café, you must register for the conference. Choose an editor you'd like to meet and contact Theresa Agnew at to let her know your choice.

Meetings are only 20 minutes long, so come prepared with specific questions. Space is limited, and meetings will be set up on a first-come, first-served basis.

For more information on the conference please contact Conference Committee chairs:

Theresa Agnew, by email at or
Karen Virag, by telephone at
780 447-9491 or by email at

This message was produced on behalf of the Conference Committee by the national office.