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Pre-conference Seminars

Editors Ottawa-Gatineau is proud to present the following four pre-conference seminars on Friday, June 9, 2017 at the Crowne Plaza Ottawa-Gatineau. These seminars can be registered for separately on the conference registration form.

Pre-conference Half-day Seminar Rates

Rates in Canadian dollars before GST (5%) & QST (9.975%).

Editors Canada Members

Member  rate $132


Non-member rate


Cite it Right

Carolyn BrownTime: 9:00 am–12:00 pm (lunch not included)
Location: Crowne Plaza Gatineau–Ottawa, Room TBA
Instructor: Carolyn Brown

Carolyn Brown is a freelance science and medicine writer and editor with 18 years' experience at Canada's two largest scientific publishers—Canadian Medical Association publications and National Research Council Research Press. As an editor, she works on manuscripts for journals, reports, and material for the public at all stages of preparation. She often has to change styles and citation systems. Carolyn also trains writers, academic authors, and scientific editors.

For writers and editors of any scholarly work, citation is a key skill. This seminar takes participants through the principles of citation. Understanding the elements of citation helps writers and editors move seamlessly from one citation system to another. Participants will review major citation systems, discuss reference management software, and look at editing approaches.

Writing Proposals

Chris LendrumTime: 9:00 am–12:00 pm (lunch not included)
Location: Crowne Plaza Gatineau–Ottawa, Room TBA
Instructor: Chris Lendrum

Chris Lendrum is an Ottawa-based freelance editor and writer. He started his editorial career in 2008 while lost in the doldrums of his PhD and decided to continue it after his graduation. Since then, he has been surprised to discover he is a specialist in academic and health-related editing. When he is not editing (and sometimes when he is), Chris works as a part-time professor in the English Department of the University of Ottawa.

This session will help participants approach proposal writing with confidence by showing them the basics of creating an effective proposal that will get them noticed for all the right reasons. Session topics will include:

  • examining the anatomy of a proposal,
  • making the most of your strengths—and addressing your weaknesses,
  • deciding what to include (and what to omit), and
  • adding value to a proposal.

Chris will also discuss the basics of the request for proposal (RFP) process and spend some time planning a practice proposal. 

Fact Checking

Laura Byrne PaquetTime: 1:00 pm–4:00 pm (lunch not included)
Location: Crowne Plaza Gatineau–Ottawa, Room TBA
Instructor: Laura Byrne Paquet

Laura Byrne Paquet's first encounter with the written word highlighted the value of fact checking and proofreading: her birth announcement appeared in the newspaper classifieds under the heading "Livestock for Sale." Despite that inauspicious introduction, she became a writer and editor. After stints as a junior magazine editor and a business reporter, she started an Ottawa communications company with her husband in 1995. As well as writing and editing reports, newsletters and other materials for corporate and government clients, she has edited novels, travel guidebooks and local histories. Her articles have appeared in more than 80 publications, and she has written or co-authored 12 books.

Fact Checking includes checking the accuracy of names, dates, dollar figures, and other facts. It is not copy editing or substantive editing. Laura will help participants develop this important editing skill that prevents mistakes, avoids loss of money and lawsuits, and establishes client/author credibility. She will show the importance of fact checking, how to do it and how much should be done. She will share her wealth of knowledge and equip participants with the skills to perform the job effectively. 

Editing Charts 

Laurel HyattTime: 1:00 pm–4:00 pm (lunch not included)
Location: Crowne Plaza Gatineau–Ottawa, Room TBA
Instructor: Laurel Hyatt

Laurel Hyatt has been a journalist, writer, and editor for 30 years. She has worked in-house at Statistics Canada and freelance for the Office of the Auditor General of Canada, as well as on university textbooks in accounting, finance, management, and statistics—all of which use a heck of a lot of charts.

If a picture is worth 1,000 words, then a chart must be worth at least 100. The use of visual information is exploding and charts are important to impart knowledge, not just data. Knowing how to edit charts to use them to their full advantage will increase your value to your employer and clients.