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Editors Saskatchewan hosts a variety of professional development opportunities on topics of interest to editors, writers, and communicators.
Editors Saskatchewan offers two workshops each year: one in the fall and one in the spring. They are taught by experienced instructors and have been well received. Workshops we’ve offered in the past have covered core skills like copy editing and proofreading, and well-known courses like Jim Taylor’s Eight-Step Editing, as well as other useful subjects, such as plain language and creating content for the web. If you would like more information, email workshopSK@editors.ca.
3 Workshops — 2 Days
Western Development Museum, Saskatoon
- Practical Proofreading (full day)
Tuesday, October 4, 2016, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm Mistakes in written work can be distracting and difficult to read, cause confusion and lead to misunderstandings, alter meaning or intent, and undermine the credibility and authority of your message. Mistakes detract from the effectiveness of your communication and convey carelessness. Proofreading helps eliminate careless errors and improves the overall effectiveness of written work. This one-day workshop will teach you what it takes to be an effective proofreader. Topics include how to mark copy, the difference between proofreading and copy editing (and when to hold the line), and proofreading on screen. Who should take this workshop? Anyone who wants to learn basic proofreading skills, or refresh skills they’ve been using for some time, will benefit from this workshop’s hands-on exercises and group discussion. Regardless of experience or background, participants will go home with the confidence of knowing how to apply an effective process and how to exercise sound judgment in decisions of what to mark and what to leave alone—which can be more important than catching every typo.
- Style Sheets with Substance (half day)
Wednesday, October 5, 2016, 9:00 am – noon
A style sheet is a record of the conventions you (or your organization) prefer to use in your written work (e.g., preferred spelling, punctuation, capitalization, and other mechanics). It is not so much a record of “correct” or “incorrect” grammar but, rather, it provides guidance when you have choices to make. Although often overlooked, a style sheet is a valuable tool for writers and editors. It can save you time (provide an instant answer instead of having to keep looking things up over and over again) and help everyone in your organization be consistent.Organizations often have their own in-house style or have adopted one of the many well-established style manuals (e.g., Chicago Manual of Style, Canadian Press Stylebook), but no matter how detailed an organization’s own style guide, every document can benefit from having its own style sheet. Using examples of style sheets for projects ranging from cookbooks to corporate publications, this three-hour workshop teaches how to prepare a style sheet that will save time, effort, and money for everyone in the production chain. You’ll learn what elements are necessary for a style sheet to be truly useful for editing and, just as important, what elements should be left out. Who should take this workshop? Anyone who works on writing, revising, editing, or even proofreading in-house documents, from public reports to interdepartmental communications. All editors and writers of all documents, regardless of length or purpose. Participants are encouraged to bring a style sheet they have developed themselves or one they have worked with recently.
- The Art of the Query (half day)
Wednesday, October 5,2016, 1:00 – 4:00 pm
When should you query? How much should you say? Querying arises when you work on a document as part of a team (author–editor; editor–managing editor; editor/writer–committee members). Questions frequently arise regarding use of a word, awkward phrasing, intended meaning, or suggested changes. Today comment boxes in Word make this communication easy, but crafting a brief, clear question or making a diplomatic suggestion is important. When writing or editing, good querying skills are as important as any other copy editing function. Effective queries set the tone for a fruitful author–editor relationship and make the editing process more efficient. Poor querying can take a project off the rails.
In this three-hour workshop, participants will review both effective and ineffective queries from actual manuscripts. They will have the opportunity to discuss process and procedure, and practise their querying skills in short exercises. Who should take this workshop? Whether you work as an editor or writer, in-house or freelance, this workshop is for anyone who formally or informally edits or proofreads the documents of clients, colleagues, or committees.
About the facilitator
Ruth Wilson has more than 30 years’ experience editing and proofreading trade books, professional journals, association publications, and corporate materials. She was managing editor for many years with Self-Counsel Press. She has worked as an independent consultant since 1997 and is a partner in West Coast Editorial Associates (www.westcoasteditors.com). Ruth also leads training workshops in all aspects of editing and for many years was an instructor at Simon Fraser University.
For more information about this event, including rates and registration, visit www.picatic.com/ECsask-2016-10-04.
You can also email workshopSK@editors.ca.
We often meet casually, either at noon or in the evening, to discuss some aspect of working as an editor. These events are free and open to members and non-members.
Here are some of the benefits of being part of Editors Saskatchewan:
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- Take advantage of discounted rates for Editors Saskatchewan workshops and other professional development opportunities.
- Get a discount on McNally’s Reader Reward Card. Editors Saskatchewan is one of McNally Robinson’s Partners in Culture, which means our members can purchase the Reader Reward Card for $10 instead of $25. The card entitles you to a 10% discount on all regularly priced books and merchandise (in-store and online), as well as a 10% discount in the restaurant. You will also receive McNally Robinson’s print newsletter, which highlights great new books and keeps you informed of the literary scene in Manitoba and Saskatchewan.
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Editors Saskatchewan Branch Contact Information
Saskatoon, SK S7J 5H3
|Past Chair||Michelle Boulton|
|Workshops||Perry Millar, Michelle Boulton|
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