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Pre-conference Seminars

Editors Saskatchewan is proud to present the following four pre-conference seminars on Friday, May 25, 2018, at the Radisson Hotel Saskatoon. You can register for these seminars separately on the conference registration form.


Elements of Indigenous Style amid the Renewed Public Discourse on Cultural Appropriation


Time: 9:00 am–12:00 pm (lunch not included)

Location: Radisson Hotel Saskatoon, Room TBA

Rates: Editors Canada members $114, non-members $144
(includes a copy of Elements of Indigenous Style, retail value $ 19.95)


Elements of Indigenous Style offers Indigenous writers and editors—and anyone creating works about Indigenous Peoples—the first published guide to common questions and issues of style and process. It features 22 succinct style principles and advice on

  • culturally appropriate publishing practices,
  • collaborating with Indigenous Peoples,
  • when and how to seek advice of Elders,
  • how to respect Indigenous Oral Traditions and Knowledge,
  • terminology to use and avoid,
  • specific editing issues (such as biased language, capitalization) and
  • quoting from historical sources and archives.


Gregory Younging - Editors Canada Annual Conference 2018 SpeakerInstructor: Gregory Younging is a member of Opaskwayak Cree Nation. Formerly the managing editor of Theytus Books and assistant director of research for the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada, he is now on faculty with the Indigenous Studies Program at the University of British Columbia, Okanagan Campus.







Clear Communication by Design: A Guide to Creating Effective Documents

Time: 9:00 am–12:00 pm (lunch not included)

Location: Radisson Hotel Saskatoon, Room TBA

Rates: Editors Canada members $99, non-members $129


Today’s readers are inundated with a non-stop stream of information. To create effective communication, we need to use every tool in our arsenal to encourage readers to take the time to read what we produce, and help them find what they need or want from that material. Writers and editors are typically concerned with words, but structure and design elements can have a powerful influence on the effectiveness of a document. This workshop will show you how, as writers and editors, you can contribute to that effectiveness.


Michelle Boulton - Editors Canada Annual Conference 2018 SpeakerInstructor: Michelle Boulton is the creative director at 3c publications, where she facilitates clear communication. As a writer, editor, designer or instructor, she helps people create and refine documents that clearly communicate their intended message.







The Power of Story: A Toolbox for Communicating and Connecting Stories of Impact

Time: 1:00–4:00 pm

Location: Radisson Hotel Saskatoon, Room TBA

Rates: Editors Canada members $99, non-members $129


In this workshop, you will learn to use stories to build strong connections, to engage, and to motivate people to action. Get hands-on practice, listen to great examples of powerful storytelling and take away tools that will help you identify and shape stories for different audiences.

  • Discover the stories of your organization or business so they can become a powerful resource to inspire people to act.
  • Identify the basic building blocks of an impactful story structure.
  • Demonstrate concrete ways to shape stories for different audiences and make stories memorable and actionable.
  • Identify, develop and practise telling a story that relates to a specific goal or audience you need to connect with in your work so that your stories work for you—selling your products or services, pitching to funders, calling donors to action.
  • Learn dynamic listening techniques for “catching” stories and powerful questions that can draw stories out in others.


Cate Friesen - Editors Canada Annual Conference 2018 Keynote SpeakerInstructor: Cate Friesen is the driving force of The Story Source. She will draw upon her experience as a producer, documentary maker, storyteller, performer and trainer to talk about how we can create narratives that will help us build connections and make people want to join and work with us.




Style Sheets with Substance

Time: 1:00–4:00 pm

Location: Radisson Hotel Saskatoon, Room TBA

Rates: Editors Canada members $99, non-members $129


The importance of the style sheet—a record of the conventions used in a written work (preferred spelling, punctuation, capitalization and other mechanics)—is often overlooked, and yet it is a valuable tool for many writers and editors. While many organizations have their own in-house style guide or have adopted one of the many well-established style manuals, every document can benefit from having its own style sheet.

This 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. You’ll also review current style sheets that incorporate organizational policy statements on inclusive language and discuss how that may affect your editing.


Ruth Wilson - Editors Canada Annual Conference 2018 SpeakerInstructor: Ruth Wilson has more than 35 years of editing experience, both in-house and as an independent consultant. She is a Certified Professional Editor and a partner in West Coast Editorial Associates ( Ruth also leads training workshops in all aspects of editing and was an instructor in the Writing and Communications Program at Simon Fraser University for many years.