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Since 1979, Editors Canada has been delivering high-quality, local training for editors at every stage of their careers. Now you can get your professional development online with Editors Canada webinars.

2016–17 schedule | Registration info | Past webinars

Editors Canada 2016–17 webinar schedule

​2017

February 22: Introduction to Microsoft Word Styles 101

Date: Wednesday, February 22
Time: 2 p.m., EST / 11 a.m., PST
Length: 1.5 hours
Language: English
Member price: $56.25
Non-Member price: $75
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Description
This webinar provides an introduction to styles in Microsoft Word for those who are new to styles or don't feel comfortable with them yet. The key learning objectives of the webinar are

  • what styles are and why they're useful,
  • what types of styles you can use in Word,
  • how to apply existing styles, and
  • how to create your own styles.

Instructor

Mike Pope 

Mike Pope has been a technical writer and editor in the software industry for over 30 years. He lives in the Seattle area.
Twitter: @mikepope

 

March 4 and 5: From Wordiness to Plain Language : Editing with Style

Date: Saturday, March 4 and Sunday, March 5 (two-session webinar)
Time: 2 p.m., EST / 11 a.m., PST
Length: 3 hours (1.5 hours each session)
Language: English
Member price: $112.50
Non-Member price: $150
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Description

When readers are confronted with wordy and inflated prose, they can easily miss or misinterpret the author's message—or they may give up reading the document altogether. As editors, one of our tasks is to ensure that authors write with clarity and precision instead of wandering into verbal "swamps."

In this two-part webinar, you'll learn how to identify and correct wordiness, repetition, inflated language, and weasel words. You'll also become familiar with the key components of plain language, good paragraphing, and bias-free writing.

Attention will also be given to imprecise words and incomplete expression, faulty or unclear antecedents, "smothered verbs," jargon/cliché, misused words, mixed metaphors, wobbling verb tense, and making sure that dialogue is appropriate to the characters who speak it.

You'll also have the opportunity to edit sentences and short passages taken from works of fiction and nonfiction, including corporate documents and children's fiction.

Instructor

Kathryn Dean 

Kathryn Dean has edited and project-managed a wide variety of trade, educational, and corporate publications, including books by Pierre Elliott Trudeau, Robert Bateman, Mary Lou Finlay, Mordecai Richler, Terry O'Reilly, and Maude Barlow. She also teaches Ryerson University's Copy Editing for Books, Journals, and Reports and is a winner of the Editors Canada Tom Fairley Award for Editorial Excellence.

 

March 6: La correction d'épreuves de manuels

Date: Monday, March 6
Time: 12 p.m., EST / 9 a.m., PST
Length: 1.5 hours
Language: French
Member price: $56.25
Non-Member price: $75
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Description
This webinar will equip the participants with a methodology to handle various tasks pertaining to the proofreading of lengthy textbooks. The key learning objectives of this webinar are

  • creating or/and updating a style sheet,
  • project management, and
  • tasks and deadlines prioritizing.

Instructor

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.
Twitter: @SolationsCan

 

March 15: Good Grammar: It's More Than Gut Feel

Date: Wednesday, March 15
Time: 2 p.m., EDT / 11 a.m., PDT
Length: 1.5 hours
Language: English
Member price: $56.25
Non-Member price: $75
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Description
Some writers have a good intuitive feel for grammatical correctness—or lack thereof. But professional editors need more than intuition; they need to be able to name the mistakes in order to explain their changes and help writers improve. Learn how to identify, name, and eliminate the most common grammatical gaffes, the ones that embarrass the writer and distract the reader. The instructor will also provide some useful print and online resources to help you continue your voyage of grammatical discovery.

The key learning objectives of the webinar are to

  • understand why it's important to move beyond an intuitive sense of correctness,
  • identify common grammatical mistakes, name them, and correct them, and
  • explore practical and useful print and online resources for continuing to improve one's grammar.

Instructor

Margaret Chandler 

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.

 

April 4: How to Evolve Your Writing from Print to Online

Date: Tuesday, April 4
Time: 1 p.m., EDT / 10 a.m., PDT
Length : 1.5 hours
Language: English
Member price: $56.25
Non-Member price: $75
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Description
Making the transition from traditional print writing to the Internet? They're very different, requiring new skillsets and social media savvy. The key concept of this webinar is that participants will learn the differences between print and online writing, and how to transition from the former to the latter.

Instructor

Greg David 

Greg David is a veteran television critic and journalist who has been in the business for over 20 years. He is currently the owner of TV-Eh.com, a website devoted to covering the Canadian television industry.
Twitter: @Greg_David

 

April 27: A Linguist's Guide to Grammar

Date: Thursday, April 27
Time: 2 p.m., EDT / 11 a.m., PDT
Length: 1.5 hours
Language: English
Member price: $56.25
Non-Member price: $75
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Description
What you learned in English class will help you with syntax about as much as what you learned in driving lessons will help you with mechanics—you get by fine until one day you find yourself stopped in the middle of a sentence with smoke coming out from under the hood. In this webinar, we're going to learn how to take apart sentences the way a mechanic takes apart an engine.

The key learning objectives of this webinar are to

  • diagram sentences the way linguists do—accurately and elegantly,
  • learn about the building blocks of syntax,
  • clear up some common misunderstandings about verbs, nouns, and pronouns, and
  • dismantle and fix some of the most common mistakes people make when trying to apply "proper grammar."

Instructor

James Harbeck 

James Harbeck is a linguist, editor, and well-known writer and speaker on language. His articles appear regularly on websites such as TheWeek.com and BBC.com as well as on his own blog, Sesquiotica.
Twitter: @sesquiotic

 

May 3: Techniques de révision après traduction

Date: Wednesday, May 3
Time: 12 p.m., EDT / 9 a.m., PDT
Length: 1.5 hours
Language: French
Member price: $56.25
Non-Member price: $75
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Description
This webinar will focus on the specificities of editing translated material. The key learning objectives of this webinar are

  • English to French consistency, and
  • key areas of focus in the editing of translated material (e.g., punctuation, syntax, anglicisms, etc.).

Instructor

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.
Twitter: @SolationsCan

 

May 25: What's Wrong with This Sentence?

Date: Thursday, May 25
Time: 2 p.m., EDT / 11 a.m., PDT
Length: 1.5 hours
Language: English
Member price: $56.25
Non-Member price: $75
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Description
Correct usage of language is paramount to effective communication. The education system —from primary through post-secondary—does not offer students the tools needed for communicating effectively, whether verbally or in writing. The webinar is based on a workshop that was originally developed for the Canadian Authors' Association national conference, and has since been presented to numerous groups, from university professors to public relations experts to journalists. It returns to the basics of language: when and how to use "me," "myself," and "I"; clarifying appropriate adjectives and adverbs such as effective versus affective; avoiding split infinitives; the possessive apostrophe versus the contractive apostrophe; and dangling modifiers, among many other common usage issues.

The key concept of the webinar is that participants will gain (or possibly regain) a sense of the importance of correct usage of grammar and punctuation in the written and spoken word.

Instructor

Melanie Scott 

Melanie Scott is freelance writer and the editor of the Low Down to Hull and Back News, an award-winning community newspaper based in Wakefield, QC.

 

July 10–16: Summer Series:  Almost Everything You Need to Know about Copy Editing and Grammar Skills

Registration for this multi-session webinar will open soon.

Description
This series will include three short grammar lessons; those bits and pieces—quotations, lists, parentheses and brackets, and ellipsis dots; capitalization; hyphenation; confidence with commas, semicolons, and colons; number style in text; copy editing essentials, and communicating with the author.

Instructor

Kathryn Dean 

Kathryn Dean has edited and project-managed a wide variety of trade, educational, and corporate publications, including books by Pierre Elliott Trudeau, Robert Bateman, Mary Lou Finlay, Mordecai Richler, Terry O'Reilly, and Maude Barlow. She also teaches Ryerson University's Copy Editing for Books, Journals, and Reports and is a winner of the Editors Canada Tom Fairley Award for Editorial Excellence.

 

Registration info

Please note that registration takes place in two steps. 

  1. Click on the "Register now" link above for the webinar(s) you wish to attend. You will be directed to a payment page. 
  2. Once your payment is complete, you will receive a confirmation email. This email contains instructions to complete your registration on Zoom.us (our host). Be sure to complete this second step on Zoom.us to finalize your registration. Once you've finalized your registration, you will see your unique link to the webinar. You can copy this link down, but you'll also receive a reminder email with your webinar details a day ahead of time.

 

Past webinars

  • Social Media for Professional Communicators
  • Punctuation, Period!
  • Creating Compelling Web Content
  • Les réseaux sociaux, comment s'y retrouver
  • Are You Certifiable? Preparing for Editors Canada's Certification Exams (free webinar!)
  • Content That Counts: Content Development for Niche Media
  • Grab Your Career by the Ears and Shake It
  • La révision en traduction/adaptation littéraire
  • Language Theory: What You're Really Editing Is the Person
  • Developmental Editing for Fiction and Memoir
  • Getting work with the Online Directory of Editors
  • Creating and Maintaining In-House Style Guides
  • Let the Fire Burn Brightly: Wordiness Be Gone!
  • La langue de l'éducation au Canada, vous connaissez?
  • How to Meet People in a Room Full of Strangers

Recordings of past webinars are now available for purchase!