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Editors Canada is known for delivering high-quality training for editors at every stage of their careers. This spring, we took our training online and introduced Editors Canada webinars.

Did you miss one of our first three webinars? We're happy to announce that recordings are now available for purchase for a limited time. Purchase a webinar recording, and you'll receive a video file to watch at your leisure on your computer or mobile device.

 

Are You Certifiable? Preparing for Editors Canada's Certification Exams (free webinar!)
Presenters: Anne Brennan and Jeanne McKane
Length: 1 hour
Language: English

Learn everything you ever wanted to know about Editors Canada's certification exams from certified professional editors and members of the Editors Canada certification steering committee, who will provide valuable tips on how to prepare for the exams. Session participants will leave with a clear picture of what professional standards we are testing for, tips from certified professional editors on how to prepare, and recommendations of invaluable study resources.
 
Anne Brennan, CPE, is a Vancouver-based editor specializing in educational, technical, and corporate materials. She is co-chair of Editors Canada's certification steering committee.
Jeanne McKane, CPE, is a Toronto-based freelance editor specializing in health care and medical editing. She is co-chair of Editors Canada's certification steering committee.

Watch Are You Certifiable? Preparing for Editors Canada's Certification Exams for free on YouTube now.

 

Content That Counts: Content Development for Niche Media
Presenter: Jason Motz
Length: 1 hour
Language: English
Cost: $37.50 for members and $50 for non-members

Content that Counts offers participants solutions for content development in a non-profit, or "niche media," environment, including: storytelling for print and digital media; establishing a voice; engaging and retaining community involvement; establishing an editorial mandate; more to come over time.

The key learning objectives  of the webinar are

  • an understanding of what niche media is and how it can promote voices, causes, and objectives counter to mainstream media (MSM),
  • using activism and lived experience to curate content,
  • working within modest production means, and
  • using Positive Living as a case study, learn more about the organization, HIV efforts in British Columbia, and the various challenges facing non-profit media (funding, publication, relevancy).

Jason Motz is the managing editor of Positive Living magazine and a freelance writer based out of North Vancouver.

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Grab Your Career by the Ears and Shake It
Presenter: Greg Ioannou
Length: 1 hour
Language: English
Cost: $37.50 for members and $50 for non-members

Some editors copy edit throughout their careers, often by choice, while some get into other kinds of editing or editing-related tasks. Others jump into different markets or non-editing tasks. A handful vault into related roles, such as publishing or teaching. A few even wormhole from copy editing to unexpected places like politics, private investigation, or owning the Ottawa Senators. This session is about rethinking your career options.

The key concept of this webinar is that participants will get to understand their needs, their work styles, and how to evaluate their skills and weaknesses. Based on that understanding, they'll be given strategies for how to explore and pursue various career options.

Former disc jockey Greg Ioannou evolved from a record reviewer in his spare time to a professional editor running a publishing company and a crowdfunding site.

Purchase Grab Your Career by the Ears and Shake It now.

 

La révision en traduction/adaptation littéraire
Presenter: Aude Gwendoline
Language: French
Cost: $56.25 for members and $75 for non-members

This webinar will focus on the characteristics of editing and proofreading literary texts translated from English to French with a special emphasis on the interplay between (re)writing and editing.

The key learning objectives of this webinar are

  • (re)writing,
  • cutting,
  • French literary canon vs. English literary canon, and
  • work ethics.

Aude Gwendoline holds a PhD in Translation Studies. She has over 13 years of experience as a French translator/editor. So far, she has translated close to 80 novels for Parisian publishers.

Purchase La révision en traduction/adaptation littéraire now.

 

Language Theory: What You're Really Editing Is the Person
Presenter: Dr. Michael Jones
Length: 1 hour
Language: English
Cost: $37.50 for members and $50 for non-members

Editors will always have difficult clients. Ours is a naturally prescriptive craft—we are paid to tell our clients what they are doing wrong. The difficulty, of course, is that our clients tend to not want to hear what they are doing wrong. Often, clients have powerful visceral reactions to having their writing edited. This webinar provides a brief survey of the current language theory that seeks to explain why and how something as simple as reordering a sentence can cause extreme reactions in our clients.

The key learning objectives of the webinar are to

  • review a brief survey of current language theory, and
  • learn how to apply current language theory concepts to interactions with clients in order to improve editor/client relationships.

Dr. Michael Jones works as an editor at the  Southern Alberta Institute of Technology in the Centre for Instructional Technology Development. He has worked as a writer, editor and professor for the past 20 years. He currently lives in Calgary, Alberta.

Purchase Language Theory: What You're Really Editing Is the Person now.

 

Developmental Editing for Fiction and Memoir
Presenter: Allison K Williams
Length: 2 hours (1 hour each session)
Cost: $75 for members, $100 for non-members
Language: English

Learn to address big-picture issues including structure, plot, story, tension, continuity, world-building and character growth in fiction and memoir manuscripts. Excellent for those who work with indie authors, and those who want a greater understanding of dramatic structure, how to use it, and how to explain it to a client.

The key learning objectives of this webinar will include the following:

  • In a World: You have 170k words, but is there a story?
  • Starting with SUCK: Kicking off the plot strongly in the first page (Simple, Unexpected, Concrete Kickoff).
  • The Crazy Eight: Eight structural elements that make strong stories and identify plot holes.
  • The "I Want" Song: Character objectives make strong protagonists and intriguing villains.
  • All Books Are Mysteries: How "show don't tell" works in structure.
  • Wait, Where?: World-building through interaction.

Webinar Q&A

Allison K Williams, the Unkind Editor, is the author of Self-Edit Like a Pro and Get Published in Literary Magazines. She has edited for indies and Big Five publishers, and serves as social media editor for Brevity.

Purchase Developmental Editing for Fiction and Memoir now.

 

Getting work with the Online Directory of Editors
Presenter: Greg Ioannou
Length: 45 minutes
Cost: Free
Language: English

Let's be frank: some people are getting a lot more work from their ODE listing than others are. Why do some people find big-ticket clients or get so much work from the ODE that they're swamped? What's their secret? Is it that they're super experienced, well-known or ... more qualified than YOU?

No!

Editors who are successfully using the ODE know how to craft their listings so they bring in more work. There really are "secrets" in this trade, and they aren't always intuitive. In this free webinar, we'll lift the veil on those secrets and show you how to make the most of an ODE listing.

Former disc jockey Greg Ioannou evolved from a record reviewer in his spare time to a professional editor running a publishing company and a crowdfunding site.

Watch Getting work with the Online Directory of Editors free on YouTube now.

 

Creating and Maintaining In-House Style Guides
Presenter: Elizabeth Macfie
Length: 1 hour
Cost: $37.50 for members, $50 for non-members
Language: English

In this webinar, you'll

  • learn how a house style guide makes the publication process easier
  • think about what to include and how to illustrate the content with examples
  • find out the steps for creating and updating a guide
  • discover ways of encouraging everyone to use (and contribute to) the guide

Elizabeth Macfie has created house style guides for a range of organizations, including a museum, a real estate association, and an IT-sector agency. And she has experience using the style guides of dozens of varied organizations.

Purchase Creating and Maintaining In-House Style Guides now.

 

Let the Fire Burn Brightly: Wordiness Be Gone!
Presenter: Margaret Chandler
Length: 1.5 hours
Cost: $56.25 for members, $75 for non-members
Language: English

As Arthur Plotnik once said, "We edit to let the fire show through the smoke." And nothing causes as much irritating smoke as redundant modifiers, pompous language, lethargic nouns and verbs, and idle clutter. Learn and practise some key strategies for combatting wordiness so you can express yourself with clarity and sparkle. Make your readers happy by writing less and meaning more.

The key learning objectives of the webinar are to

  • understand how wordiness hinders clear communication,
  • recognize the subtle and not-so-subtle qualities of a wordy style, and
  • review and practise several techniques for eliminating the unnecessary (based on my handout: A Dozen Excellent Ways to Combat Wordiness).

Margaret Chandler teaches editing, grammar and style, and business writing at the University of Calgary and Mount Royal University. She also delivers diverse workshops and provides writing and editing services through Green Fuse Inc.

Purchase Let the Fire Burn Brightly: Wordiness Be Gone! now.

 

La langue de l'éducation au Canada, vous connaissez?
Presenter: Andrée Sirois
Length: 1 hour
Cost: $37.50 for members, $50 for non-members
Language: French

Introduction au domaine et à la langue de l'éducation au Canada; structure des systèmes d'éducation et leurs particularités; particularités propres au Canada et à chaque instance; vocabulaire spécialisé; nuances régionales; pièges et difficultés du domaine; ressources.

Les participants se familiariseront avec le domaine de l'éducation au Canada, un domaine complexe, mais fascinant. Ils verront les difficultés propres à ce domaine et découvriront les ressources essentielles pour réviser, rédiger ou traduire dans ce domaine. Nombreux exemples et exercices à l'appui!

Andrée Sirois est langagière à la Boîte mots depuis 22 ans. L'éducation est au cœur de toutes ses activités professionnelles : réviseure, traductrice, formatrice, commissaire et membre active du Réseau des traducteurs et traductrices en éducation.

Purchase La langue de l'éducation au Canada, vous connaissez? now.

 

How to Meet People in a Room Full of Strangers
Presenter: Cheryl Scoffield
Length: 1 hour
Cost: $37.50 for members, $50 for non-members
Language: English

Have you heard the sage advice to attend networking events to showcase your company, build your list and find new clients to grow your business? But...You often end up standing around on the sidelines finding it hard to start the conversation when you're faced with a room full of strangers.
If you get nervous and stumble all over your words when trying to meet people, you're in the right place!

In this 60-minute webinar you'll learn how to break through the roadblocks with

  • two ways to start the conversation FAST, right at the front door before you even get into the room,
  • two ways to KEEP the conversation going after "Hello, my name is…"
  • three surefire techniques to easily START the conversation if you find yourself in the room alone without a conversation partner,
  • how to AVOID the #1 name tag mistake that 80 percent of people make,
  • how to put an END to the business card fumble when exchanging cards, and
  • the #1 tip people always ask me: how to gracefully LEAVE a conversation (Hint: It's not what most people will tell you).

The key concepts of this webinar are that you don't have time to waste, you'll need a system to follow, and I'll share my tried-and-true methods and skill-building exercises with you. Being prepared with a plan and practicing beforehand can reduce or even eliminate fear.

Cheryl Scoffield, the follow-up specialist, helps business professionals package their expertise to create follow-up which builds trust and maximizes the sales potential buried in their prospective list without feeling like a pest!

Purchase How to Meet People in a Room Full of Strangers now.