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Stream 2: Techniques and Technologies 1


Techniques and Technologies 1

[Note: Except for speed mentoring, there are no formal sessions for this stream scheduled for Saturday.]

2b. Speed Mentoring

Saturday, 11:15 am – 12:15 pm

Venue: Georgian Lounge

d'AnjouDockrill JonesDyllaOggPeck

Speed mentoring is a terrific opportunity to get expert advice and fresh perspectives from experienced editors. Meet one-on-one with a highly regarded EAC member for a 15-minute consultation. You will be able to sign up for this session by responding to an e-blast to EAC members scheduled for early May. This year’s speed mentors are            

  • Elizabeth d’Anjou – Getting started as a freelance editor
  • Emily Dockrill Jones – Marketing yourself
  • Barbara Dylla – Working as a translator/travailler en tant que traductrice
  • Arden Ogg – Working with First Nations writing and writers
  • Frances Peck – Editing for government and other organizations

Elizabeth d’Anjou is a freelance editor and editing instructor with over 20 years of experience serving a diverse client base. All her authors love her.

Emily Dockrill Jones is a former college professor and instructional designer who regularly conducts training sessions for government, non-profit, and private organizations.

Barbara Dylla embarked on her third career as a translator after successfully completing her Certificate in Translation at McGill University in 2004. She started her own business in 2007 and joined EAC in 2010.

Arden Ogg is EAC's western regional director, and she is director of the Cree Literacy Network. She has 30 years of editorial experience with aboriginal languages and culture.

Frances Peck has spent two decades turning difficult language into plain prose. She teaches editing at Simon Fraser University and Douglas College in Vancouver.

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2d. Shortening text: Why, when, and how

Elizabeth Macfie

Sunday, 9:15 am – 10:15 am

Venue: Admiral Room


All editors and writers need to be able to shorten texts. Brevity enhances readability; squeezes content into limited spaces; saves money on translation, proofreading and printing; and increases social-media quotability. This session provides principles, techniques and tools for efficiently trimming texts, as well as the justification for that trimming. We’ll practise on material such as correspondence, newspaper articles and headings, reports, instructions, interview and meeting transcripts, PowerPoint slides, abstracts and tweets. 

Elizabeth Macfie, a freelance editor, indexer, and editorial-skills trainer, is an EAC-certified copy editor, stylistic editor, and proofreader. She is a past chair of EAC-NCR.


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2e. Panel: Editing magazines in a digital world

Barry Boyce, David Holt, & Alexa Thompson
Heather White (moderator)

Sunday, 10:30 am – 11:30 am

Venue: Imperial Ballroom


Atlantic Canada has a vibrant and thriving magazine industry. Hear from a few of the region's leading magazine editors about what it's like to edit a regional magazine in a digital world. Learn from some of the strategies they employ to plan, create and manage content, both online and in print. Discuss the differences and similarities between magazine and book editing, and much more!

Barry Boyce has worked in periodical, book, and digital publishing for 35 years, as a writer and editor. He is currently editor-in-chief of Mindful magazine and He’s been a developmental book editor for over a dozen books, including The Mindfulness Revolution and How to Be Sick.

David Holt is the editor of OptiMYz, Canada’s leading health and fitness magazine. He was the founding editor of Progress, a regional business magazine. He is on the board of the Atlantic Magazines Association.

An editor and writer with over 25 years' experience in the magazine industry, Alexa Thompson has also worked with non-fiction, children’s “chapter” books, and curriculum on drug education prevention and intervention programming.

Heather White has worked in magazine publishing for more than 20 years; she is currently the editor of Saltscapes, an award-winning regional magazine in Bedford, NS.

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2f. Editing by number: Basic numeracy for editors

Rosemary Tanner

Sunday 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm

Venue: Britannia Room


Numeracy is important for all editors, not just science and math editors. Most of us run into conversion of measurements, accuracy and precision, and graphs and tables in our work. This presentation discusses these issues using exercises that show the participants what to look for as well as how to fix them.

An editor all her life, Rosemary Tanner particularly enjoys making science understandable to the general public.

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2g. The chart clinic

Laurel Hyatt

Sunday, 1:45 pm– 2:45 pm

Venue: Vanguard 1


Ailing charts are the plague of editing. But there is hope. In this fun and interactive session, you’ll learn how to diagnose and treat the typical chart diseases found in materials aimed at a general audience. If you can revive flatlining charts to make them understandable and accurate, you’ll be more valuable to your clients and employers. Your readers will also thank you, stat!

The Chart Doctor, Laurel Hyatt, has been a writer and editor for more than 25 years, working at Statistics Canada and other chart-loving places.


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  ISC/SCI program 
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  Reception, banquet, special events
  Behind the scenes
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