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Student Affiliate Session

Saturday June 11, 9:30 am–10:30 am, Barclay & Gilford Rooms

A special session for Editors Canada student affiliates present and future! Meet with members of the student relations committee, learn what student affiliate status currently offers, and join the discussion to help shape the future of Editors Canada’s student affiliate program. Discussion will be fun and informal, and we’ll have refreshments and prizes.

Business Practices

Breaking the Feast or Famine Freelance Cycle

Laura Poole Sunday June 12, 9 am–11:15 am

Freelancers often find themselves either overscheduled or in a lull with not much to do. How do you create and maintain a steady stream of work? Find out how to cope with both feast and famine without losing your mind. This session will discuss balancing your work with the rest of your life, cultivating regular clients, anticipating waves of work and slow times, evolving your business, making choices to maximize your billable time, and more.

Get Booked Solid: A Simple Growth Plan for Your Business

Jessica Oman Sunday June 12, 11:30 am–12:30 pm

Are you wondering how to fill your roster of clients and book enough business to make a great living? It comes down to three key elements: planning, relationship-building and standing out in your field. In this workshop, you’ll learn the exact steps you should take to build your business to capacity and maximize your income potential—authentically and masterfully.

Networking 2.0: Growing Your Client Base Through Social Media / Réseautage 2.0 : accroître sa clientèle grâce aux médias sociaux

Sue Archer, Suzanne Purkis Saturday June 11, 3:15 pm–4:15 pm

In today’s world, having an interactive online presence can be an effective way to find new clients, but it’s often difficult to determine the right approach. Find out how websites, blogs and other social media tools can be used to grow your editing business without driving you crazy. Whether you are a social media enthusiast or someone who doesn’t know where to start, this session is for you.

Websites That Work: Creating and Optimizing Your Online Calling Card

Emily Dockrill Jones Saturday June 11, 12:45 pm–3 pm

It’s not enough anymore just to be on the web—your online presence has to stand out. This two-part session first shows you how to create an attractive, effective website, and then outlines techniques to convert website visitors into clients. Topics include easy-to-use site-building tools, web design best practices, search engine optimization, and social media integration (including blogging). Whether you’re just getting online or hoping to better leverage your website, this session is for you.

Freelancing on the Road: How to Be a Digital Nomad / Pigiste sur la route : comment être un nomade digital

Rachel Stuckey Sunday June 12, 2:45 pm–3:45 pm

An office overlooking the ocean, $1 iced coffees and $12 massages. Sound like the dream? Now add sweltering heat, spotty Internet and 2 am conference calls. Are you rethinking it? From the Internet cafés of Europe to the beach huts of Southeast Asia, the digital nomad movement is growing rapidly. Do you have what it takes to get on board? Join the Nomadic Editor for both a reality check and inspirational how-tos.

Inbox Zero, or Calming Down Monkey Mind

Luigi Benetton Saturday June 11, 4:30 pm–5:30 pm

Knowledge of all our myriad responsibilities continually occupies our minds, which leaves little bandwidth for the creative work we do. We need to keep our obligations outside of our minds in a trusted system. In this session you will learn how to empty your email inbox and put the information it contains in the right places, then see how an empty inbox can help you be more productive and effective at work.

Making It Work: Editors in the New “Freelance Economy”

Jaclyn Law, Rachel Stuckey Sunday June 12, 9 am–11:15 am

This eye-opening session will explore the new “freelance economy” and its implications for experienced and new freelancers. The marketplace is changing rapidly, and we must adapt or risk being left behind. That means rethinking how we market ourselves, cultivate our networks, provide services, and engage with technology. This session will provide fresh ideas, helpful resources, and inspiring examples of how freelancers are positioning themselves for sustainable success.

Editing Practices

Le style APA en français : enjeux et ressources disponibles

Anne Curry Saturday June 11, 4:30 pm–5:30 pm

Le style de présentation, citation et référence APA est fréquemment utilisé au Québec et au Canada français. Toutefois, il n’y a pas eu d’adaptation formelle en français, ce qui peut poser un dilemme pour le réviseur. Je résumérai les grandes lignes du style APA en français en soulignant certaines variations, nous ferons un exercice et je distribuerai une liste de ressources. (Le temps sera reparti selon les besoins exprimés par les participants.)

Copyright Law for Editors / Loi sur le droit d’auteur pour les réviseurs

Ann Carlsen Saturday June 11, 12:45 pm–3 pm

This session will provide an overview of copyright law for editors, with an emphasis on the recent changes to the Copyright Act.

Are You Certifiable? Preparing for EAC’s Certification Exams

Jeanne McKane, Anne Brennan Sunday June 12, 1:30 pm–2:30 pm

Learn everything you ever wanted to know about the EAC certification exams from certified professional editors and members of the EAC certification steering committee, who will provide valuable tips on how to prepare for the exams. You’ll also have the chance to test your mettle with sample questions and discuss your answers with other editors.

Before and After: A Makeover for Your Tables, Charts, and Graphs / Avant et après : une métamorphose pour vos tableaux, diagrammes et graphiques

Michelle Boulton Sunday June 12, 11:30 am–12:30 pm

Well-dressed tables, charts, and graphs can be wonderful storytellers. As editors, we need to make sure they are dressed for success. Starting with unattractive, ineffective examples, I’ll show you how to clean them up and turn them into stylish raconteurs that draw attention to key points and convey information effectively. I’ll demonstrate techniques to help you make over your tables and illustrations so that they get attention and meet the needs of their audience.

Pre-Editors and Scouts: Editing Fiction for Authors Prior to Submission to Presses/Agents

Joy Gugeler Saturday June 11, 12:45 pm–3 pm

Are you a freelance editor of adult or YA fiction looking to expand your clientele beyond publishers? Authors are increasingly hiring editors directly to substantively edit their manuscript and prepare it for submission to agents or publishers. Learn what is expected from authors seeking reader’s reports, manuscript assessments, substantive and line edits, publisher research and submission letter prep and how you can sell these skills to your target audience.

Debate: Is It Time to Kill the Apostrophe?

Elizabeth d’Anjou, James Harbeck, Anne Louise Mahoney (moderator) Sunday June 12, 2:45 pm–3:45 pm

For such a tiny mark, the apostrophe has attracted a lot of controversy recently. Two outspoken, articulate expert editors with opposing views on the apostrophe’s fate will duke it out like the good Canadians they are: in a parliamentary-style debate. James Harbeck maintains that it’s well past time for the apostrophe’s to make an exit; Elizabeth d’Anjou argues that the mark remains an essential part of written English. Editors Canada president Anne Louise Mahoney moderates.

Big Picture Editing: Content Planning With a Purpose, From the Editor-in-Chief’s Perspective / La rédaction avec une vision d’ensemble : planification de contenu servant un objectif, du point de vue de la rédactrice en chef

Jodi Di Menna Sunday June 12, 1:30 pm–2:30 pm

There’s always a big-picture objective behind written content. This session uses examples drawn from the speaker’s editorial experience working at small magazines and for an audience of Parliament Hill decision makers to show how the big picture influences the subtleties of writing and editing content. She will also incorporate the viewpoints of editors and communications executives to provide a broad view of how editors and content producers can work together to achieve a goal.

New & Growing Markets

Editing Copy for the Mobile Web and App Development

Christina Vasilevski Saturday June 11, 4:30 pm–5:30 pm

Curious about editing copy for apps for smartphones, tablets and mobile versions of webpages? This session will look at tools that User Experience (UX) and User Interface (UI) designers use, digital content workflows and how editing for mobile development differs from other editorial projects.

Editing for the Web Without Lowering Your Standards

Erin Brenner Saturday June 11, 12:45 pm–3 pm

People visit websites with a need, and if a site doesn’t fulfill that need, they’ll click away before you can say “See ya!” Website editors can help keep visitors reading by shaping and formatting copy to hold readers’ attention. In this session, Copyediting editor-in-chief Erin Brenner will teach you how to edit websites to keep readers interested while upholding grammar and usage rules.

Graphic Novels & Comics: Creation, Editing, and Promotion / Romans illustrés et bandes dessinées : création, rédaction et promotion

Jeff Burgess, Jeff Ellis, Jonathon Dalton, Robin Thompson Sunday June 12, 9 am–11:15 am

This presentation will look at some of the key aspects of producing a graphic novel in sole creator and anthology form. It will look at the step-by-step process of editing comics, starting with the script, and moving on to creating artwork to match the written text and how this informs the theme. It will also discuss how artists and writers promote and get their work published both in print and online.

Plain Language

The “General Public” as Audience Is Not an Amorphous Mass

Cheryl Stephens Sunday June 12, 2:45 pm–3:45 pm

The “general public” is too amorphous a description of audience to give an accurate idea of modern readers. Readers face invisible challenges and hidden needs that affect their understanding and reading processes. Editors can help authors identify and compensate for those challenges and needs, to ensure effective message delivery. You’ll leave with statistical evidence and an awareness you can use to strengthen your audience analysis and support your recommendations to clients.

Beyond the Reader: How Academic Editors Can Help Knowledge Users

Iva Cheung Saturday June 11, 3:15 pm–4:15 pm

What happens after research is published in an academic journal? Health, natural, and social science researchers face increasing pressure from funding agencies to translate their findings to something that is accessible to readers. Discover the role editors can play in the burgeoning field of knowledge translation, and how tools like reporting guidelines can help you help your clients get the most out of their work.

Plain Language Graphic Design Principles

Flora Gordon Saturday June 11, 12:45 pm–3 pm

Graphic design can support and enhance written content, when prepared thoughtfully, with the needs of the intended audience in mind. In this session we will survey components of graphic design such as images, charts, graphs and typography from a Plain Language perspective. The focus will be on identifying elements of effective designs that enhance readability and support reader understanding, in contrast to ineffective designs that rely on superficial decoration.

The Plain Language Edit: When Client Expectations Clash with Reality

Tracy Torchetti, Claire Foley Sunday June 12, 9 am–11:15 am

Finally, you have a client who says they want a plain language edit. You revise the formatting, terminology and syntax and submit your edit. And then the client rejects your changes. We’ve all experienced this scenario—when client expectations of an edit clash with reality.

PANEL: The Plain Language Process—Professionals Share Tips on Successful Projects

Kate Harrison Whiteside, Cheryl Stephens, Tracy Torchetti, Claire Foley Sunday June 12, 11:30 am–12:30 pm

The plain language process encompasses audience assessment, style guides, writing and editing practices, document design and user testing. Find out how our panel of professionals approach plain language projects to ensure clear content that gets results. We will help you plan the blueprint for your next plain language initiative. We’ll share tips on what has worked best, leaving you with a clearer picture of the process from start to finish.


How to Work with Self-Publishing Authors: The Agony and the Ecstasy

Arlene Prunkl Sunday June 12, 11:30 am–12:30 pm

Editing for self-publishing authors is arguably the biggest new editorial niche for editors. In this session, enjoy an in-depth discussion of the best practices, advantages, pitfalls and enormous pleasures of working with self-publishing authors in this burgeoning editorial niche. Among other things, the session will cover the importance of developing a deep knowledge of the industry, and how working with indie authors differs from working with authors in traditional publishing.

Who Are You, and Who Are You Talking To?

James Harbeck Saturday June 11, 4:30 pm–5:30 pm

Everything we say or write says something about our identity, the identity of our hearer or reader, and our relationship. In industry-specific texts, you need jargon. In articles or ads addressed to certain groups, you may want to use particular words or turns of phrase. But how do you make sure you’re doing it right—and how do you know when not to do it?

What Writers Want: A Writer’s Perspective on Working with Editors

Julie Barlow Saturday June 11, 3:15 pm–4:15 pm

Bestselling author and journalist Julie Barlow reviews over two decades of experience as a freelance writer to illustrate the importance of building relationships with editors for different stages of her career. Working with editors is a give-and-take process that evolves as writers gain experience. For instance, young writers benefit from editors who challenge them, while mid-career authors get more from editors who include them in decision-making. This workshop is for both writers and editors.

The Client from Hades—Or Somewhere Close By

Valerie Mansour, Anne Curry Sunday June 12, 2:45 pm–3:45 pm

How do you deal with that “difficult” client? A great writer who isn’t convinced she even needs an editor. Eavesdrop on conversations between author and editor. Every so often the editor will throw up her arms in exasperation and ask workshop participants to share experiences and strategies to help solve particular dilemmas. Will author and editor reach an agreement satisfactory to both? Can we send the client home happy?

Dialogue on Editing Indigenous Writing

Ann-Marie Metten, Jordan Abel Sunday June 12, 1:30 pm–2:30 pm

Nisga’a poet Jordan Abel and editor Ann-Marie Metten discuss issues in editing Indigenous writing, focusing on the best practices for non-Indigenous editors working with Indigenous authors. Emerging from this dialogue will be a discussion of productive and culturally sensitive editorial methods for understanding and preserving Indigenous narrative voice and worldview, as well as protocols for publishing traditional stories. This discussion will also focus on overcoming cultural barriers in the author-editor relationship.

Senior Editors

Become a Writing Coach: Earn More and Promote Your Editing Business

Elizabeth Macfie Saturday June 11, 3:15 pm–4:15 pm

Customized, one-on-one micro-learning can be a cost-effective and convenient way for people to increase their writing skills. Learn how a trainer repurposed her group-workshop content and teaching methods to profit from this market. We’ll discuss coaching principles, needs assessment, session length, pricing, handout and exercise creation, trainer-notes writing and progress assessment.

Grab Your Career by the Ears and Give It a Very Thorough Shake

Greg Ioannou Sunday June 12, 1:30 pm–2:30 pm

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.

PANEL: Those Who Can, Do—And They Teach

Christine Peets, Kathe Lieber, Elizabeth D’Anjou, Erin Brenner, Heidi Turner Sunday June 12, 9 am–11:15 am

This session is for writers and editors who teach—and for those who would like to add this to their professional accomplishments. In what is sure to be a robust session we will have a panel of experts who have been teaching courses in community centres or at a post-secondary institution discussing the following: Developing Your Course(s); Working with all ages; Challenges of adult learners; Writing for Pleasure or Publication...and more.

Tools & Tech

It’s Not Me, It’s You: Improving Your Relationship with Your Computer

Daniel Heuman Saturday June 11, 3:15 pm–4:15 pm

Your computer should be your trusted partner. But as with every relationship, you have to learn its strengths. This workshop will showcase a variety of software that will help you use your computer as more than an electronic pen and paper. Learn how to improve the way you check for consistency mistakes, how you format references and even how to make better use of simple functions like search and copy/paste.


Natasha Netschay Davies Sunday June 12, 11:30 am–12:30 pm

Tweet it. Like it. Share it. Everyone is using social media, including #editors. If you are new to social media or would like to know more about how to use it for networking and professional development, this session is for you. Learn the steps to connecting with influencers and becoming one yourself. #YVR

Antidote 9 : Nouveautés

Louise Saint-André Sunday June 12, 1:30 pm–2:30 pm

En novembre dernier, Druide informatique lançait une toute nouvelle version d’Antidote. En plus d’étoffer—encore—ses ouvrages et de bonifier ses fonctions existantes, Antidote 9 s’accompagne désormais d’un volet de correction consacré au style. Et pour la première fois, Antidote s’enrichit d’un module anglais offrant tous les dictionnaires, guides et fonctionnalités qui ont fait la renommée de cet indispensable outil de rédaction et de révision. Venez découvrir les nouveautés d’Antidote 9.

How Editors Can Use Crowdfunding / Comment les réviseurs peuvent utiliser le sociofinancement

Greg Ioannou Saturday June 11, 4:30 pm–5:30 pm

Imagine: A wonderful project comes in. You prepare an estimate. Then the client says, “I only budgeted $30 for editing!” You can try to wheedle more money out of the client, or you can have them crowdfund to cover your fee. This session explains how crowdfunding works and how to help a client set up a crowdfunding campaign. You may never have to turn away a client who can’t afford you again.

Introduction to Web Content Strategy for Editors

Robin Marwick Sunday June 12, 2:45 pm–3:45 pm

Many editors are already doing content strategy—including information architecture, project management, content management, content marketing, and yes, editing—without realizing it. This session will give an overview of content strategy and the content lifecycle, and introduce participants to specific techniques, such as content audits and content modeling. Participants will learn ways to make sure that their content works as efficiently as possible.