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Join Editors Edmonton for a Workshop on Eight-Step Editing

Thursday, April 27, 2017 - 09:00
8135 102 Street Northwest
Edmonton, AB T6E 4A4

When: Thursday, April 27, 2017, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Where: Roots on Whyte conference room


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 focusing 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:

  • EAC Members, early bird: $200
  • EAC Members, regular: $225
  • PWAC Members early bird: $225
  • PWAC Members, regular: $250
  • Non-members, early bird: $250
  • Non-members, regular: $275
  • Student, early bird: $125
  • Student, regular: $135

Lunch is included. Coffee and refreshments will be served in the morning and afternoon. Please notify us [] if you have any dietary restrictions or food allergies we should be aware of.


Early bird registration deadline: March 31

Regular registration deadline: April 11