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Niche Editing: New Directions

Date: Tuesday, February 27, 7:00 – 9:30 pm
Location: Centre for Social Innovation (CSI), 215 Spadina Ave., Alterna Savings room, fourth floor

Branch/Twig: Toronto

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“To generalize or to specialize?” Most freelance editors face this question at some point. While many editors market themselves as generalists who can edit almost anything, others choose to work within narrow subspecialties of the field. Join us on February 27 for a wide-ranging panel discussion of editorial niches, featuring three senior editors speaking from experience about multiple specialties, from academic and grant editing to food, science, environmental, and health journalism. Long-time Editors Canada member Greg Ioannou will open the session with an overview of editorial niches to be explored in his new George Brown College course, which is compulsory for students in the school’s editing certificate program. Next, we’ll hear about grant editing from Sara Scharf, a long-time Editors Toronto member and former branch treasurer who has been a freelance editor of academic papers and grant applications for almost 20 years. After that, we’ll hear from Sasha Chapman about her career as a freelance feature writer and editor whose work for major newspapers and magazines explores the environmental and health implications of the industrial food complex.

More about our speakers:

Greg Ioannou
has been a freelance editor since 1977. A founding member of the Editors’ Association of Canada (now Editors Canada), he’s edited everything from cheese packaging to a provincial budget, and from a Nintendo game to a love letter. His editorial skills include crowdfunding and playtesting board games, checking statistical analyses, and English-to-English translation. He is the founder of Iguana Books, Colborne Communications, and PubLaunch.

Sara Scharf has been a part-time freelance editor of academic papers and grant applications for almost 20 years. She also works as a market analyst at a start-up at the University of Toronto. Sara obtained a PhD in the history and philosophy of science and technology, specifically in the development of text-based information management, from the University of Toronto in 2007, and she served as treasurer of Editors Toronto from 2013 to 2017. Sara is obsessed with everything biological, tongue-twisters, and multilingual puns.

Sasha Chapman is a 2015–2016 Knight Science Journalism Fellow at MIT and a regular contributor to The Walrus magazine. Formerly a senior editor at The Walrus, she is a freelance feature writer and editor who has also held columns at the Globe and Mail, Toronto Life, and Report on Business. Before that, she was the food editor at Toronto Life. She has helped launch three national magazines and worked on the redesign of several more. As a freelance editor, she has edited fiction and non-fiction books, and tidied up prose for photographers, scientists, and myriad business publications. Best known for writing about food issues, she explores the environmental and health implications of the industrial food complex, examining the way we produce and consume food.


RAFFLE: Enter our raffle to win valuable prizes and support literacy efforts.
Cost: $2/ticket, $5 for three tickets, or $10 for seven tickets.
Prizes: one $50 gift certificate to any Oxford Properties Group shopping centre (includes the Scarborough Town Centre), one copy of Editorial Niches, donated by Editors Canada, and one nature-themed book from Vancouver’s Greystone Books. All proceeds will be donated to Welcoming Words, a new non-profit association that fosters cultural literacy by placing Canadian books in the hands of new Canadians.

Editors Toronto would like to thank the Oxford Properties Group, the Scarborough Town Centre, Editors Canada, and Greystone Books for generously supporting this event.


Program details for Tuesday, February 27, 7 PM

This month we return to our usual location at the Centre for Social Innovation, 215 Spadina Ave.

LOCATION: Centre for Social Innovation (CSI), 215 Spadina Ave., Alterna Savings room, fourth floor
7 PM                Mingling and informal Q&A session for new and prospective members
7:30 PM           Branch business meeting
7:45 PM           Program
9 PM                Mix-and-mingle

Free for members; non-members $10.
Coffee and tea will be provided.