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Professional Development Seminars

Registration fees and policies

Members $225 + tax
Non-members $350 + tax
Students $150 + tax


Cancellation policy

If Editors Ottawa-Gatineau cancels a seminar, we will refund your paid registration fee in full.

If you wish to cancel your registration, the following terms apply:

  • You must send an email to to notify us that you are canceling your registration.
  • If you cancel before registration closes (up to one week before the seminar) we will refund 50 percent of your paid registration fee.
  • If you cancel after registration closes (within seven days of the seminar), no refund is possible.

Contact for all seminar registration and cancellation enquiries.


2020 Seminars are Now Online!

Editors Ottawa-Gatineau is pleased to announce online Professional Development seminars. These are 6-hour, real-time, instructor-led workshops with hands-on exercises, discussions, and personal attention. Although our seminars are going fully remote, they are not webinars and they will not be recorded.

We are kicking off with two of our most popular seminars, taught by experienced instructors who have made a successful transition from the classroom to Zoom.

If you are thinking of taking the Stylistic Editing Certification exam in November, there's no better way to prepare for it than by taking Stylistic Editing with Carolyn Brown. This seminar will span two consecutive mornings, Thursday & Friday October 29 & 30, from 9 a.m.–12 p.m. (both days).

One of our most popular seminars, Eight-Step Editing with Moira White, is suitable for all experience levels and will be offered on Monday, November 30 from 9 a.m.–4 p.m.

Complete information for both seminars below.


Stylistic Editing with Carolyn Brown

October 29 & 30, 2020, 9 a.m.–12 p.m. (both days)

Whether you edit novels, reports, websites or magazines, stylistic editing is a key skill. Editors Canada’s professional editorial standards define stylistic editing as “editing to clarify meaning, improve flow, and smooth language.” It is the domain of those editors who want to communicate: to get the message from the author to the reader accurately, honestly, and even elegantly. It also relies on developing that rare commodity, editorial judgment.

This seminar is based on the Editors Canada standards for this skill, but it will also look at how stylistic editing is done in a variety of publishing settings. Expectations for stylistic editing can vary widely. How can editors adapt to the needs of their employers and clients?

We will cover:

The context for stylistic editing

  • Who are the readers, and how does that determine the approach to stylistic editing?
  • What is the medium, and how does that affect the approach?
  • What is the purpose of the communication, and how does that inform editing?

Judgment in approaching editing decisions

  • Paragraph-level decisions (length, structure, logical flow, connection with other paragraphs)
  • Sentence-level decisions (length, sentence construction, logical flow, connectors)
  • Word-level decisions (word choice geared to readers, omission of unnecessary words)

The toolkit

  • Paragraphing
  • Subordination and coordination
  • Affirmative constructions
  • Active voice
  • Resolving ambiguity
  • Strengthening verbs
  • Working with visuals (illustrations, photos, tables, graphs)

Communicating with others

  • When and who to query
  • Writing a summary letter

This seminar involves lively discussions, tales from the trenches, and hands-on exercises. Join us for an enriching and informative day devoted to our craft.

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Eight-Step Editing with Moira White

Monday, November 30 from 9 a.m.–4 p.m.

Eight-Step Editing teaches an approach to editing that helps writers and editors alike. Everyone who has ever clarified a sentence in an email or a report can benefit from this workshop.

This lively, hands-on workshop takes some of the highly honed skills that are second nature to professional editors and breaks them down into a sequence of eight actions that will improve and clarify text while retaining the author’s voice. Each participant will receive a workbook full of explanations, exercises, and helpful references that is theirs to keep.

Part 1: Reduce the effort required of the reader

  • Step 1: Shorten sentences to improve clarity.
  • Step 2: Take out the trash and verbal ticks that permeate writing.
  • Step 3: Deflate fat words by eliminating prefixes and suffixes.
  • Step 4: Reduce negatives that add a layer of opaqueness to a document.

Part 2: Improve your writing’s energy levels

  • Step 5: Eliminate the equations to raise the writing’s energy level.
  • Step 6: Activate the passives to increase energy and vitality in a document.

Part 3: Help the reader’s thought patterns:

  • Step 7: Lead with strength to grab readers’ attention.
  • Step 8: Tune up topic sentences to help the thread of meaning flow within a document.

Learning Objectives: Participants will

  • break the editorial process into a series of manageable tasks
  • identify a system for editing
  • develop skills in prioritizing edits when time is short
  • learn how to maintain the author’s voice
  • write and edit for the way people read today

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