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Editors Calgary was formed in February 2015. For more information about editing in Calgary, including Editors Calgary social events and professional development opportunities, we invite you to follow us.

Contact Information

2017 Volunteers

Co-chairs:

Christine Beevis Trickett
Christine Mains

Social media coordinator:

Rachel Small

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Meetings and Events

Join Editors Calgary for a Workshop on Eight-Step Editing, April 28, 2017

When: April 28, 2017, 9-4
Where: The Old Y Common Room, Calgary

About the Workshop

Eight-Step Editing is a systematic method for making a text more readable. This hands-on workshop demonstrates how to identify common obstacles that can reduce a reader’s ability to understand and engage with a text — and provides quick and simple techniques for fixing them. Attendees will leave with a “toolkit” of practical techniques for improving texts. These techniques can be applied to a wide range of informational documents, including reports, memos, summaries, proposals, observations, analyses, instructions, web content, and more.

For seasoned editors, who tend to apply these techniques intuitively, Eight-Step Editing provides a useful review and a systematic approach. It also offers a way to look more objectively at a piece of writing with the reader’s experience top of mind, and provides a guide for focussing energy in projects where resources (time, money, attention) are limited. For novices, who may struggle to know how to begin, Eight-Step Editing offers an objective starting point and proven techniques to apply as they develop their skills.

Eight-Step Editing combines theory with practice. Participants gain an understanding of the principles underlying each of the eight steps, then apply those principles in exercises. Created in 1985 by Jim Taylor as a workshop for Editors Canada, and now updated by Elizabeth d’Anjou, Eight-Step Editing has been presented across Canada, to rave reviews, for editors, writers, corporate and government communications workers, academics, and other groups for over 30 years.

About the Instructor

Elizabeth d'Anjou has over 20 years of experience as a freelance editor with a diverse clientèle, including textbook publishers, government ministries and nonprofit agencies. Her particular strengths include careful copy editing, translating jargon into accessible prose, and adjusting language level, including plain-language editing and consulting. A third-generation editor, she teaches copy editing for Ryerson University’s Publishing Programme and developed its new online grammar course. She is in demand as a presenter of communications workshops for corporate, government and nonprofit clients as well as for Editors Canada. She sits on the Editors Canada National Executive Council.

Registration fees

Editors Canada members
Regular price: $225
Early price: $200

Students
Regular price: $125
Early: $110

CAFÉ and PWAC members
Regular: $250
Early: $225

Non-members
Regular: $325
Early: $300

Coffee and refreshments will be served in the morning and afternoon.

Deadlines
Early registration: April 14
Final registration deadline: April 21

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Join Editors Calgary For a Workshop on Skilful Structural Editing, Feb 10, 2017

When: February 10, 2017, 9-4
Where: The Old Y Common Room, Calgary

About the workshop

Many editors are intimidated when they are asked to do a structural edit. Unlike other stages of editing, structural editing has fewer "rules," and there is never just one way to solve structural problems. Structural editors are called upon to clarify, reorganize, and even rewrite. Negotiation with the author is also often part of the job.

This one-day workshop will deepen your existing skills by examining a sure-fire approach and process. You will learn how to break down structural editing into manageable tasks and resolve imbalance in content and ensure the manuscript is appropriate for the intended audience. At the end of the workshop, participants will know

  • How to assess a manuscript to identify structural issues
  • How to use an outline to reveal structure
  • What questions to ask when analyzing problems
  • How to avoid over editing and respect the writer's work
  • How graphics and design can support structural editing decisions
  • Why diplomacy can be just as important as editorial skill
  • How to estimate how long editing will take

This workshop will help anyone wishing to advance their structural editing abilities or broaden their skills base. It will be most useful for participants who already have an understanding of structural editing and some experience, although editors at all levels are welcome. All course materials will be supplied.

About the instructor

Ruth Wilson has more than 30 years' experience editing trade books, professional journals, association publications, and corporate materials at all levels. She first honed her structural editing skills when she worked at Vancouver book publisher Self-Counsel Press, and since then she has shared what she has learned, having taught Substantive Editing in SFU's Writing and Communications Program for 15 years, along with other skills-based courses.

Ruth is a partner in West Coast Editorial Associates (www.westcoasteditors.com) and she has served on several national committees of Editors Canada. In 2011 she was honoured by Editors Canada as a recipient of the President's Award for Volunteer Service, and in 2014 she was recognized as a Certified Professional Editor (Hon) for the work she did in developing and launching Editors Canada's world-class certification program.

Registration fees

Register Now

Editors Canada members
Regular price: $200
Early price: $175

Students
Regular price: $110
Early: $100

CAFÉ and PWAC members
Regular: $225
Early: $195

Non-members
Regular: $250
Early: $225

Coffee and refreshments will be served in the morning and afternoon.

Deadlines

Early registration: January 27

Final registration deadline: February 3

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