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Copy Editing I

DateWednesday, November 21, 2018
Time: 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  

This seminar is meant for both novice editors and those who want to improve their writing. You will learn basic techniques for improving text and the types of errors and difficulties typically found in everyday writing.

The instructor will introduce participants to some of the perennial problem topics that copy editors face such as:

  • Spelling: determining capitalization and hyphenation; forming compounds; choosing spelling for a Canadian audience.
  • Grammar: ensuring subject–verb and pronoun–antecedent agreement; avoiding dangling or misplaced modifiers; maintaining parallel structure.
  • Punctuation: clarifying meaning; understanding necessary and optional commas, dealing with hyphen and dash difficulties; determining whether punctuation goes inside or outside quotation marks.
  • Word usage: sidestepping commonly misused words; avoiding noun strings; eliminating redundancies.
  • Mechanics of style: using or creating a style sheet to maintain consistency; dealing with abbreviations, acronyms, and initialisms; knowing when to italicize.

This is a learn-by-doing seminar with many exercises to illustrate the content.

Instructor: Moira Rayner White entered the work world as a social worker and later moved into social policy. In both professions, she found that her organizational skills, attention to detail, and love of words were pointing her in a new direction—the world of editing. Currently a freelance editor, writer, and trainer with both public and private sector clients, she has decades of experience editing print and electronic publications. Moira is a past president of Editors Canada.


Capital Hill Hotel & Suites
88 Albert Street
Ottawa, ON

Registration fees (includes lunch, snacks, and HST):