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Creating a House Style Guide: A Simple Tool for Producing Better Documents Faster

Instructor: Elizabeth Macfie

“When you have an editorial style guide and stick to it, your content will always reflect consistency. Consistency tells your customers and prospects that you have your act together, pay attention to details, and care about appearances.” (Nancy Goll, award-winning business writer and editor)

Though dictionaries and style manuals (such as The Chicago Manual of Style) provide answers and rules, you’ve noticed that there is often more than one right way to write. Do you capitalize “the Committee”? When do you spell out numbers? For emphasis, do you use bold or italics? How do you spell “judgment,” punctuate vertical lists, and close letters (“Sincerely,” “Regards,” or something else)? Avoid debates and save time (especially in team projects) by choosing a style and recording it in an easy-to-use guide.

In this active half-day seminar, we’ll discuss what to include, how to handle two languages, how to get buy-in, and how and when to make updates. You’ll take away tools for creating your own guide. Bring documents from your organization to work with if you wish.

Elizabeth Macfie has 21 years’ experience as a freelance editor, proofreader, and indexer for government departments, university presses, research organizations, and authors. She is an Editors Canada-certified copy editor, stylistic editor, and proofreader, and she is a past chair of Editors Canada Ottawa–Gatineau branch. Elizabeth presents popular seminars and conference talks on editing, proofreading, and business networking.

Date: Friday, May 11, 2018
Time: 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Location:
Auberge Royal Versailles
Anjou Room
7200, rue Sherbrooke Est
Montréal (Québec) H1N 1E7
(Radisson metro station, Green line)

Cost (snacks and beverages included; let us know about any allergies):
Early registration (on or before April 20)
$40 for Editors Canada student affiliates
$60 for non-member students
$75 for Editors Canada members
$90 for members of related organizations
$105 for non-members

After April 20
$45 for Editors Canada student affiliates
$70 for non-member students
$90 for Editors Canada members
$105 for members of related organizations
$120 for non-members

Registration closes on May 9, 2018
Seminar Coordinator: Dwain Richardson
THIS SEMINAR HAS BEEN CANCELLED