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What is plain language?

It's not about dumbing down text. And it's not even just about the words. It's about understanding your audience and giving them writing that is clear, concise and well-organized. That way, they can find what they need quickly and easily, understand it, and act on that understanding.

Are you editor material?

Do you have the right outlook to be an editor? Ask yourself the following questions.

  1. Do you have a burning desire to fix other people's prose?
  2. Does the very sight of a minor grammatical error put you into a rage?
  3. Whenever you see something written do you know you could have written it better?
  4. Are you compelled to correct your friends' grammar without being asked?
  5. Do you carry a marker to correct signs?

If you answered yes to any of these, you are almost certainly *not* editor material. James Harbeck tells us what editor material really is. Do you have what it takes?

Professional Editorial Standards

Why do they matter? How do they help editors and how do they help employers? Learn more about Professional Editorial Standards, the vital publication for editors by Editors Canada. This latest edition is available as a free download.

Substantive and Stylistic Editing

What's the difference between substantive editing and stylistic editing?


What is proofreading and how does it differ from copy editing?

Editing Canadian English, 3rd edition

Becoming an editor

There's a difference between being "good with words" and being a professional editor. You've got the potential. What do you do to take that potential to the next level? James Harbeck tells us in "Becoming an editor."