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Calling for Volunteer Editors for November and December 2021 Blue Pencil Sessions

You are invited to be part of Editors BC’s popular Blue Pencil series, now being held via Zoom.

This change to a virtual platform opens up the program to editors and authors outside of the Lower Mainland.

Editors BC and the Vancouver Public Library (VPL) are again offering the public a series of free editing consultations. These popular events build awareness for Editors BC and are a great opportunity for editors to build their skills and connect with potential clients.

This season’s Blue Pencil sessions are happening on Tuesday, November 9, and Tuesday, December 7. Appointment times are 6:30–7:15 pm, 7:15–8:00 pm, and 8:00–8:45 pm. Following a brief welcome from the library, editors and authors will be assigned to private online rooms to discuss their projects. Sessions run for 30 minutes, but editors are free to make use of the rest of the time.

Authors sign up through VPL. They submit a one-page summary of their project, a question, or concern for the editor to address, and up to 2,500 words of writing — at least a week before their scheduled consultation. The volunteer editor reviews the material and provides one or two pages of written feedback to be discussed during the session. Any actual editing of the submission is at the editor’s discretion; it is not a requirement.

Editors can sign up for one or more sessions, on one or more days. Registration is easy:

  1. Sign up at
  2. Sign in with Facebook or your email address. No account is required.
  3. Review the available times and choose the one(s) you’d like to volunteer for.
  4. Provide your name and phone number.
  5. Save!

You will receive a confirmation email immediately after you sign up and a reminder email two days before the event. You will not be added to any contact lists.

Editors participating in the Blue Pencil Sessions are advised that submitted work may be fiction or non-fiction from any genre, although we do not accept poetry or script formats. We will try to match editors to authors as best we can, but we cannot guarantee the type of work that you will be assigned.

Editors are expected to be open to all reasonable submissions and treat authors with respect. Racism, sexism, homophobia, and transphobia are not acceptable. Editors should reject work that contravenes these standards and report it to us.

Blue Pencil sessions are a fun way to practise your editing skills and connect with potential clients. New editors are definitely welcome! Editors BC member involvement in events like these is also invaluable in promoting our craft and raising the profile of our profession. Your participation and commitment are sincerely appreciated.

Questions? Email us at

Thank you,

Kyle Hawke
Communications and social media chair
Editors BC