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Stream 3: Techniques and Technologies 2


Techniques and Technologies 2

3a. Effective manuscript queries: Between the (double-spaced) lines

Elizabeth d'Anjou

Saturday, 10:00 am – 11:00 am

Venue: Admiral Room


You may never have met the author whose work you are editing, but the two of you nevertheless have a relationship – one that plays out largely between the lines of the manuscript, in the form of your editorial queries and the author’s responses. Learn insights and tips that can help improve your querying technique, leading to better author communications, a happier editorial experience for everyone, and an improved final document.

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.

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3b. Entrelacs de chiffres et de couleurs: Réviser tableaux et graphiques

Anna Olivier

Saturday 11:15 am – 12:15 pm

Venue: Vanguard 2


De nombreux documents intègrent des éléments visuels, en particulier des tableaux et des graphiques (rapports annuels, articles scientifiques). Vous adorez corriger les textes, mais vous êtes paniquée à la vue de ces entrelacs de lignes, de chiffres et de couleurs? Grâce à cet atelier, vous serez à l’aise pour corriger l’essentiel du contenu dans les tableaux et graphiques, pour améliorer leur présentation visuelle et leur structure... et vous saurez comment tirer plaisir à vous perfectionner!

Anna Olivier est rédactrice, réviseure et éditrice. Elle est responsable de la révision de plusieurs revues scientifiques et aide à la publication d’ouvrages de vulgarisation.


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3c. Truth in non-fiction? The editor’s role

David Swick

 Saturday, 1:15 pm – 2:15 pm

Venue: Imperial Ballroom


Where is the line between fact and fiction in nonfiction? How do you know when writers cross it? Considerations include checking facts, editing quotes, and the trouble with memory. This talk is based, in part, on recent in-depth interviews with several prominent editors in Canada and the US.

David Swick teaches courses on journalism ethics and writing at the University of King's College School of Journalism. He was a journalist for more than 20 years before moving into teaching.

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3d. Stress management and ergonomics for editors

Traci Williams

Sunday, 9:15 am – 10:15 am

Venue:Britannia Room


Although largely satisfying, editing can have its stressful moments with tight deadlines, difficult clients, and unwieldy texts. Long hours can also result in lower back pain, sore shoulders and neck, strained wrists, and even headache. In this interactive, fun workshop, we will look at ergonomics and stress management for editors in order to improve productivity, focus, and general well-being.

In her 25th year as an editor and translator, and now a certified yoga teacher, Traci Williams credits yoga and meditation for keeping her sane.

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3e. Clear communication by design

Michelle Boulton

Sunday 10:30 am – 11:30 am

Venue: Vanguard 1


Writers and editors are typically concerned with words, not document design. Yet, as we learn more about the way readers perceive and respond to the visual elements of a document, it becomes increasingly important for wordsmiths to develop a basic understanding of document design and how they can influence that design. I will briefly touch on some basic elements of document design: typography, content and structure, arrangement on the page, legibility, illustrations, and graphics.

Michelle Boulton leads a team of talented creative communication professionals (writers, editors, translators and designers) who produce everything from magazines to books, training manuals, and reports.

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3f. Unconference for senior editors

 Sunday, 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm

Venue: Vanguard 1

Calling all editors with extensive career experience.

Our “unconference” session is a free-flowing, information-sharing open discussion. There’s no speaker, no agenda – the discussion topics are selected by the attendees, and everyone is welcome to contribute. To get things started, we’ll provide a list of topics that might be of particular interest to experienced editors (feel free to ignore the list!) plus a friendly facilitator. 

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3g. Panel: Editing social media: What's to "like" about Atlantic Canada’s social-media community?

Trevor Adams, Tim Currie, & Kimberly Walsh
David Holt (moderator)

Sunday, 1:45 pm – 2:45 pm

Venue: Admiral Room


According to the latest surveys, social media is alive and well in Atlantic Canada! Join us for a discussion on social media in Halifax, from Twitter to blogs to other platforms, and how they are being used to build and expand brands such as Halifax Magazine and the Nova Scotia Archives.

Trevor Adams is the editor of Where and Halifax Magazine. His first solo book is Long Shots: The Curious Story of the Four Maritime Teams That Played For the Stanley Cup, published in 2012.

Tim Currie teaches online journalism at the University of King's College. His research interests include journalists’ use of social media and mobile applications of news.

Kimberly Walsh is a publishing label executive at Fierce Ink Press and formerly an associate producer with CBC Canada Reads. She holds a degree in public relations from Mount Saint Vincent University.

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.


Conference essentials
  Pre-conference workshops
  Conference schedule at a glance
  Sessions & speakers
  ISC/SCI program 
  Congrès 2013

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  Conference buddies
  Reception, banquet, special events
  Behind the scenes
  Sponsorship opportunities
  Vendor fair

Travel and accommodation
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  Halifax experience 
  Destination Nova Scotia

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