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Meet Editing Goes Global presenter Brendan O'Brien

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.

Meet Editing Goes Global presenter Brendan O'Brien

EAC is pleased to welcome many international speakers to this year's conference. Brendan O'Brien is a freelance editor and writer with 26 years' publishing experience. He is based in a rural part of County Cavan, Ireland.

Why are you coming to this conference?
I am coming to the conference primarily because the EAC was kind enough to invite me, although I would have been interested in attending in any case.

What do you hope to experience while there?
While at the conference I hope (and expect) to meet colleagues from various parts of the world. In particular, I'm excited about meeting people I already know quite well through social networking: members of the Editors' Association of Earth group on Facebook, many of whom I think of as good friends. I also look forward to attending as many sessions as I can—some of them look extremely interesting—and to seeing Toronto (it's my first visit to Canada).

What do you hope to take home with you after the conference?
I hope to take home ideas, confidence, and contacts that will help me to make my working life more productive and enjoyable. And good memories.

EAC Awards Banquet Q & A

What is the EAC Awards Banquet? The banquet is the social highlight of the annual EAC conference. It's a chance to reconnect with friends from across the country, network with other editors, and let our hair down (or arrange it another way). We'll present the Tom Fairley Award for Editorial Excellence and the Claudette Upton Scholarship, and end with the Oops Awards, when the best (or worst) writing slip-ups are presented for your amusement.

What's on the menu? This year we're having a buffet, to allow us more freedom to move around and chat with other banqueters. The buffet will cater to everyone's dietary choices and needs. The more people attend, the more dishes will be offered.

What's the dress code? There is none. While clothing is not optional—you do need to wear something (to go nude, head to one of Toronto's clothing-optional beaches)—wear what you'd like. Fascinators or comb overs, sashes or dickies, polo shirts or bow ties, top hats or hair pins, ball gowns or kilts, sandals or sequined socks; they all work.

When and where? Saturday, June 13, at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, beginning at 7 p.m.

How much will it cost? $85 plus HST.

How do I get tickets? Follow the registration process, and select banquet as your event option. If you've already registered, you can buy one or more banquet tickets separately.

Don't miss out on the biggest and best EAC banquet yet!

There's still time to register for Editing Goes Global

Registration for the conference is still open, but only until May 31.

One-day, two-day, three-day and student options are available—as are discounted rates for EAC members and affiliates.

Visit to register today

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.

Thanks to the sponsors of Editing Goes Global

Ryerson, Chang School

George Brown

SFU Continuing Studies

Centennial College

Oran Boyle


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