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Recordings of many of our recent webinars are now available for sale. When you buy an Editors Canada webinar recording, you'll receive a video file to watch at your leisure on your computer or mobile device. The file is yours to keep, so you can watch it again and again.

We're adding new recordings regularly and some are available for a limited time only, so be sure to check often.

Current webinar recordings

 

Are You Certifiable? Preparing for Editors Canada's Certification Exams (free webinar!)
Presenters: Anne Brennan and Jeanne McKane
Length: 1 hour
Language: English

Learn everything you ever wanted to know about Editors Canada's certification exams from certified professional editors and members of the Editors Canada certification steering committee, who will provide valuable tips on how to prepare for the exams. Session participants will leave with a clear picture of what professional standards we are testing for, tips from certified professional editors on how to prepare, and recommendations of invaluable study resources.
 
Anne Brennan, CPE, is a Vancouver-based editor specializing in educational, technical, and corporate materials. She is former co-chair of Editors Canada's certification steering committee.
Jeanne McKane, CPE, is a Toronto-based freelance editor specializing in health care and medical editing. She is co-chair of Editors Canada's certification steering committee.

Watch Are You Certifiable? Preparing for Editors Canada's Certification Exams for free on YouTube now.

 

Content That Counts: Content Development for Niche Media
Presenter: Jason Motz
Length: 1 hour
Language: English
Cost: $37.50 for members and $50 for non-members

Content that Counts offers participants solutions for content development in a non-profit, or "niche media," environment, including: storytelling for print and digital media; establishing a voice; engaging and retaining community involvement; establishing an editorial mandate; more to come over time.

The key learning objectives  of the webinar are

  • an understanding of what niche media is and how it can promote voices, causes, and objectives counter to mainstream media (MSM),
  • using activism and lived experience to curate content,
  • working within modest production means, and
  • using Positive Living as a case study, learn more about the organization, HIV efforts in British Columbia, and the various challenges facing non-profit media (funding, publication, relevancy).

Jason Motz is the managing editor of Positive Living magazine and a freelance writer based out of North Vancouver.

Purchase Content that Counts now.

 

Grab Your Career by the Ears and Shake It
Presenter: Greg Ioannou
Length: 1 hour
Language: English
Cost: $37.50 for members and $50 for non-members

Some editors copy edit throughout their careers, often by choice, while some get into other kinds of editing or editing-related tasks. Others jump into different markets or non-editing tasks. A handful vault into related roles, such as publishing or teaching. A few even wormhole from copy editing to unexpected places like politics, private investigation, or owning the Ottawa Senators. This session is about rethinking your career options.

The key concept of this webinar is that participants will get to understand their needs, their work styles, and how to evaluate their skills and weaknesses. Based on that understanding, they'll be given strategies for how to explore and pursue various career options.

Former disc jockey Greg Ioannou evolved from a record reviewer in his spare time to a professional editor running a publishing company and a crowdfunding site.

Purchase Grab Your Career by the Ears and Shake It now.

 

Language Theory: What You're Really Editing Is the Person
Presenter: Dr. Michael Jones
Length: 1 hour
Language: English
Cost: $37.50 for members and $50 for non-members

Editors will always have difficult clients. Ours is a naturally prescriptive craft—we are paid to tell our clients what they are doing wrong. The difficulty, of course, is that our clients tend to not want to hear what they are doing wrong. Often, clients have powerful visceral reactions to having their writing edited. This webinar provides a brief survey of the current language theory that seeks to explain why and how something as simple as reordering a sentence can cause extreme reactions in our clients.

The key learning objectives of the webinar are to

  • review a brief survey of current language theory, and
  • learn how to apply current language theory concepts to interactions with clients in order to improve editor/client relationships.

Dr. Michael Jones works as an editor at the  Southern Alberta Institute of Technology in the Centre for Instructional Technology Development. He has worked as a writer, editor and professor for the past 20 years. He currently lives in Calgary, Alberta.

Purchase Language Theory: What You're Really Editing Is the Person now.

 

Developmental Editing for Fiction and Memoir
Presenter: Allison K Williams
Length: 2 hours (1 hour each session)
Cost: $75 for members, $100 for non-members
Language: English

Learn to address big-picture issues including structure, plot, story, tension, continuity, world-building and character growth in fiction and memoir manuscripts. Excellent for those who work with indie authors, and those who want a greater understanding of dramatic structure, how to use it, and how to explain it to a client.

The key learning objectives of this webinar will include the following:

  • In a World: You have 170k words, but is there a story?
  • Starting with SUCK: Kicking off the plot strongly in the first page (Simple, Unexpected, Concrete Kickoff).
  • The Crazy Eight: Eight structural elements that make strong stories and identify plot holes.
  • The "I Want" Song: Character objectives make strong protagonists and intriguing villains.
  • All Books Are Mysteries: How "show don't tell" works in structure.
  • Wait, Where?: World-building through interaction.

Webinar Q&A

Allison K Williams, the Unkind Editor, is the author of Self-Edit Like a Pro and Get Published in Literary Magazines. She has edited for indies and Big Five publishers, and serves as social media editor for Brevity.

Purchase Developmental Editing for Fiction and Memoir now.

 

Getting work with the Online Directory of Editors
Presenter: Greg Ioannou
Length: 45 minutes
Cost: Free
Language: English

Let's be frank: some people are getting a lot more work from their ODE listing than others are. Why do some people find big-ticket clients or get so much work from the ODE that they're swamped? What's their secret? Is it that they're super experienced, well-known or ... more qualified than YOU?

No!

Editors who are successfully using the ODE know how to craft their listings so they bring in more work. There really are "secrets" in this trade, and they aren't always intuitive. In this free webinar, we'll lift the veil on those secrets and show you how to make the most of an ODE listing.

Former disc jockey Greg Ioannou evolved from a record reviewer in his spare time to a professional editor running a publishing company and a crowdfunding site.

Watch Getting work with the Online Directory of Editors free on YouTube now.

 

Creating and Maintaining In-House Style Guides
Presenter: Elizabeth Macfie
Length: 1 hour
Cost: $37.50 for members, $50 for non-members
Language: English

In this webinar, you'll

  • learn how a house style guide makes the publication process easier
  • think about what to include and how to illustrate the content with examples
  • find out the steps for creating and updating a guide
  • discover ways of encouraging everyone to use (and contribute to) the guide

Elizabeth Macfie has created house style guides for a range of organizations, including a museum, a real estate association, and an IT-sector agency. And she has experience using the style guides of dozens of varied organizations.

Purchase Creating and Maintaining In-House Style Guides now.

 

Let the Fire Burn Brightly: Wordiness Be Gone!
Presenter: Margaret Chandler
Length: 1.5 hours
Cost: $56.25 for members, $75 for non-members
Language: English

As Arthur Plotnik once said, "We edit to let the fire show through the smoke." And nothing causes as much irritating smoke as redundant modifiers, pompous language, lethargic nouns and verbs, and idle clutter. Learn and practise some key strategies for combatting wordiness so you can express yourself with clarity and sparkle. Make your readers happy by writing less and meaning more.

The key learning objectives of the webinar are to

  • understand how wordiness hinders clear communication,
  • recognize the subtle and not-so-subtle qualities of a wordy style, and
  • review and practise several techniques for eliminating the unnecessary (based on my handout: A Dozen Excellent Ways to Combat Wordiness).

Margaret Chandler teaches editing, grammar and style, and business writing at the University of Calgary and Mount Royal University. She also delivers diverse workshops and provides writing and editing services through Green Fuse Inc.

Purchase Let the Fire Burn Brightly: Wordiness Be Gone! now.

 

La langue de l'éducation au Canada, vous connaissez?
Presenter: Andrée Sirois
Length: 1 hour
Cost: $37.50 for members, $50 for non-members
Language: French

Introduction au domaine et à la langue de l'éducation au Canada; structure des systèmes d'éducation et leurs particularités; particularités propres au Canada et à chaque instance; vocabulaire spécialisé; nuances régionales; pièges et difficultés du domaine; ressources.

Les participants se familiariseront avec le domaine de l'éducation au Canada, un domaine complexe, mais fascinant. Ils verront les difficultés propres à ce domaine et découvriront les ressources essentielles pour réviser, rédiger ou traduire dans ce domaine. Nombreux exemples et exercices à l'appui!

Andrée Sirois est langagière à la Boîte mots depuis 22 ans. L'éducation est au cœur de toutes ses activités professionnelles : réviseure, traductrice, formatrice, commissaire et membre active du Réseau des traducteurs et traductrices en éducation.

Purchase La langue de l'éducation au Canada, vous connaissez? now.

 

How to Meet People in a Room Full of Strangers
Presenter: Cheryl Scoffield
Length: 1 hour
Cost: $37.50 for members, $50 for non-members
Language: English

Have you heard the sage advice to attend networking events to showcase your company, build your list and find new clients to grow your business? But...You often end up standing around on the sidelines finding it hard to start the conversation when you're faced with a room full of strangers.
If you get nervous and stumble all over your words when trying to meet people, you're in the right place!

In this 60-minute webinar you'll learn how to break through the roadblocks with

  • two ways to start the conversation FAST, right at the front door before you even get into the room,
  • two ways to KEEP the conversation going after "Hello, my name is…"
  • three surefire techniques to easily START the conversation if you find yourself in the room alone without a conversation partner,
  • how to AVOID the #1 name tag mistake that 80 percent of people make,
  • how to put an END to the business card fumble when exchanging cards, and
  • the #1 tip people always ask me: how to gracefully LEAVE a conversation (Hint: It's not what most people will tell you).

The key concepts of this webinar are that you don't have time to waste, you'll need a system to follow, and I'll share my tried-and-true methods and skill-building exercises with you. Being prepared with a plan and practicing beforehand can reduce or even eliminate fear.

Cheryl Scoffield, the follow-up specialist, helps business professionals package their expertise to create follow-up which builds trust and maximizes the sales potential buried in their prospective list without feeling like a pest!

Purchase How to Meet People in a Room Full of Strangers now.

 

Introduction to Microsoft Word Styles 101
Presenter: Mike Pope
Length: 1.5 hours
Cost: $56.25 for members, $75 for non-members
Language: English

This webinar provides an introduction to styles in Microsoft Word for those who are new to styles or don't feel comfortable with them yet. The key learning objectives of the webinar are

  • what styles are and why they're useful,
  • what types of styles you can use in Word,
  • how to apply existing styles, and
  • how to create your own styles.

Mike Pope has been a technical writer and editor in the software industry for over 30 years. He lives in the Seattle area.

Purchase Introduction to Microsoft Word Styles 101 now.

 

From Wordiness to Plain Language: Editing with Style
Presenter: Kathryn Dean
Length: 3 hours
Cost: $112.50 for members, $150 for non-members
Language: English

When readers are confronted with wordy and inflated prose, they can easily miss or misinterpret the author's message—or they may give up reading the document altogether. As editors, one of our tasks is to ensure that authors write with clarity and precision instead of wandering into verbal "swamps."

In this two-part webinar, you'll learn how to identify and correct wordiness, repetition, inflated language, and weasel words. You'll also become familiar with the key components of plain language, good paragraphing, and bias-free writing.

Attention will also be given to imprecise words and incomplete expression, faulty or unclear antecedents, "smothered verbs," jargon/cliché, misused words, mixed metaphors, wobbling verb tense, and making sure that dialogue is appropriate to the characters who speak it.

You'll also have the opportunity to edit sentences and short passages taken from works of fiction and nonfiction, including corporate documents and children's fiction.

Kathryn Dean has edited and project-managed a wide variety of trade, educational, and corporate publications, including books by Pierre Elliott Trudeau, Robert Bateman, Mary Lou Finlay, Mordecai Richler, Terry O'Reilly, and Maude Barlow. She also teaches Ryerson University's Copy Editing for Books, Journals, and Reports and is a winner of the Editors Canada Tom Fairley Award for Editorial Excellence.

Purchase From Wordiness to Plain Language: Editing with Style now.

 

Good Grammar: It's More Than a Gut Feel
Presenter: Margaret Chandler
Length: 1.5 hours
Cost: $56.25 for members, $75 for non-members
Language: English

Some writers have a good intuitive feel for grammatical correctness—or lack thereof. But professional editors need more than intuition; they need to be able to name the mistakes in order to explain their changes and help writers improve. Learn how to identify, name, and eliminate the most common grammatical gaffes, the ones that embarrass the writer and distract the reader. The instructor will also provide some useful print and online resources to help you continue your voyage of grammatical discovery.

The key learning objectives of the webinar are to

  • understand why it's important to move beyond an intuitive sense of correctness,
  • identify common grammatical mistakes, name them, and correct them, and
  • explore practical and useful print and online resources for continuing to improve one's grammar.

Margaret Chandler teaches editing, grammar and style, and business writing at the University of Calgary and Mount Royal University. She also delivers diverse workshops and provides writing and editing services through Green Fuse Inc.

Purchase Good Grammar: It's More Than a Gut Feel now.

 

How to Evolve Your Writing from Print to Online
Presenter: Greg David
Length: 1.5 hours
Cost: $56.25 for members, $75 for non-members
Language: English

Making the transition from traditional print writing to the Internet? They're very different, requiring new skillsets and social media savvy. The key concept of this webinar is that participants will learn the differences between print and online writing, and how to transition from the former to the latter.

Greg David is a veteran television critic and journalist who has been in the business for over 20 years. He is currently the owner of TV-Eh.com, a website devoted to covering the Canadian television industry.

Purchase How to Evolve Your Writing from Print to Online now.

 

Professional Editorial Standards: How do they work for you? (Free webinar!)
Presenters: Michelle Boulton and Moira Rayner White
Length: 25 minutes
Language: English

Many of Canada's editors use new technologies and work in industries that are far from traditional print publishing. Technological advances and current working methods are at the heart of the latest edition of Professional Editorial Standards, Editors Canada's cornerstone publication. This new edition took effect January 1, 2017, and is now available as a free download.

So, you have your copy of Professional Editorial Standards. Now what?

  • What do you do with them?
  • How are they relevant to your work?
  • Are they only for book editors? (Spoiler: no!)
  • What kinds of changes did Editors Canada make in this new edition and why?
  • What should people who hire or work with editors know about the standards?
  • What should people who teach editors know?

 

Bring your questions to this free webinar, where we'll discuss Professional Editorial Standards and how they work for you.

Michelle Boulton leads a team of experienced professionals to offer services including writing, editing, translation, design, and training. She is a founding member of Editors Saskatchewan, where she held many branch executive positions, and she is a past president of Editors Canada. She was co-chair the Standards Task Force.

Moira Rayner White has decades of experience editing, proofreading, writing, teaching, and managing projects across Canada and beyond for government and corporate clients. She is a past president of Editors Canada, as well as former chair of Editors Ottawa-Gatineau. Together with Michelle Boulton, she co-chaired the Standards Task Force.

Watch Professional Editorial Standards: How do they work for you? for free on YouTube now.

 

La correction d'épreuves de manuels
Presenter: Aude Gwendoline
Length: 1.5 hours
Cost: $56.25 for members, $75 for non-members
Language: French

This webinar will equip the participants with a methodology to handle various tasks pertaining to the proofreading of lengthy textbooks. The key learning objectives of this webinar are

  • creating or/and updating a style sheet,
  • project management, and
  • tasks and deadlines prioritizing.

Aude Gwendoline holds a PhD in Translation Studies. She has over 13 years of experience as a French translator/editor. So far, she has translated close to 80 novels for Parisian publishers.

Purchase La correction d'épreuves de manuels now.

 

A Linguist's Guide to Grammar
Presenter: James Harbeck
Length: 1.5 hours
Cost: $56.25 for members, $75 for non-members
Language: English

What you learned in English class will help you with syntax about as much as what you learned in driving lessons will help you with mechanics—you get by fine until one day you find yourself stopped in the middle of a sentence with smoke coming out from under the hood. In this webinar, we're going to learn how to take apart sentences the way a mechanic takes apart an engine.

The key learning objectives of this webinar are to

  • diagram sentences the way linguists do—accurately and elegantly,
  • learn about the building blocks of syntax,
  • clear up some common misunderstandings about verbs, nouns, and pronouns, and
  • dismantle and fix some of the most common mistakes people make when trying to apply "proper grammar."

James Harbeck is a linguist, editor, and well-known writer and speaker on language. His articles appear regularly on websites such as TheWeek.com and BBC.com as well as on his own blog, Sesquiotica.

Purchase A Linguist's Guide to Grammar now.

 

Techniques de révision après traduction
Presenter: Aude Gwendoline
Length: 1.5 hours
Cost: $56.25 for members, $75 for non-members
Language: French

This webinar will focus on the specificities of editing translated material. The key learning objectives of this webinar are

  • English to French consistency, and
  • key areas of focus in the editing of translated material (e.g., punctuation, syntax, anglicisms, etc.).

Aude Gwendoline holds a PhD in Translation Studies. She has over 13 years of experience as a French translator/editor. So far, she has translated close to 80 novels for Parisian publishers.

Purchase Techniques de révision après traduction now.

 

What's Wrong with This Sentence?
Presenter: Melanie Scott
Length: 1.5 hours
Cost: $56.25 for members, $75 for non-members
Language: English

Correct usage of language is paramount to effective communication. The education system —from primary through post-secondary—does not offer students the tools needed for communicating effectively, whether verbally or in writing. The webinar is based on a workshop that was originally developed for the Canadian Authors' Association national conference, and has since been presented to numerous groups, from university professors to public relations experts to journalists. It returns to the basics of language: when and how to use "me," "myself," and "I"; clarifying appropriate adjectives and adverbs such as effective versus affective; avoiding split infinitives; the possessive apostrophe versus the contractive apostrophe; and dangling modifiers, among many other common usage issues.

The key concept of the webinar is that participants will gain (or possibly regain) a sense of the importance of correct usage of grammar and punctuation in the written and spoken word.

Melanie Scott is freelance writer and the editor of the Low Down to Hull and Back News, an award-winning community newspaper based in Wakefield, QC.

Purchase What's Wrong with This Sentence? now.

 

Programme d’agrément en révision linguistique – Réviseurs Canada : Webinaire d’information
Presenter: Sandra Gravel
Length: 45 minutes
Cost: Free

Si vous êtes réviseur linguistique, vous songez peut-être à accéder au titre de réviseur agréé. Pour savoir comment vous y prendre ou pour connaître tous les détails du Programme d'agrément en révision linguistique – Réviseurs Canada, prenez part au webinaire d'information du 5 juin prochain à 12 heures.

Sandra Gravel, présidente du comité responsable du Programme, se fera un plaisir de vous entretenir sur ce sujet et de répondre à vos questions.

À la fin de ce webinaire, vous en saurez plus sur :

  • L'association professionnelle Réviseurs Canada
  • Les Principes directeurs en révision professionnelle
  • Le Programme d'agrément en révision linguistique – Réviseurs Canada
  • L'examen d'agrément général du 14 octobre 2017
  • Le Guide de préparation à l'examen d'agrément général

Ce webinaire est ouvert à tous et à toutes, membres de Réviseurs Canada ou non.

Sandra Gravel évolue dans le domaine des communications depuis plus de 17 ans. Elle est consultante, formatrice, rédactrice agréée, réviseure linguistique et auteure du livre Travailleur autonome et entrepreneur : Soignez vos écrits – Améliorez vos affaires. Elle aime particulièrement aider les entrepreneurs à optimiser leur communication écrite.

Watch Programme d’agrément en révision linguistique – Réviseurs Canada : Webinaire d’information for free on YouTube now.

 

Summer Series:  Almost Everything You Need to Know about Copy Editing and Grammar Skills
Presenter: Moira White
Length: Five webinars, one hour each
Editors Canada member price: $150 for the complete series
Non-Member price: $225 for the complete series
Language: English

Have you ever paused to wonder whether a comma really should be added before a particular word? or whether you should add a hyphen to a compound? or how to phrase queries to the author? 

In this five-part series, you'll learn how to handle the "four pillars of copy editing":

  1. capitalization;
  2. hyphenation;
  3. commas, semicolons, and colons; and
  4. correct number style.

You'll also learn about the grammar skills that every copy editor needs to know and about communicating well with your author.

Series schedule

Day 1

  • Three short grammar lessons
  • Copy editing essentials

Day 2

  • Commas, semicolons, and colons

Day 3

  • Capitalization

Day 4

  • Hyphenation
  • Quotations, lists, parentheses and brackets, and ellipsis dots

Day 5

  • Number style
  • Communicating with the author

Moira White teaches writing and editing workshops across the country for government and corporate clients and online at Ryerson University. She also consults on plain language and clear communication through Ubiquitext Communications. Moira is a past president of Editors Canada.

Purchase Almost Everything You Need to Know about Copy Editing and Grammar Skills now.

What Can Macros Do For You?
Presenter: Paul Beverley
Length: 1.5 hours
Language: English
Level: Introductory
Member price: $59.50
Non-Member price: $85

According to Google, macros are "a series of commands and instructions that you group together as a single command to accomplish a task automatically."

But that's way too narrow a definition. Microsoft Word macros are better described as "apps" and, like phone apps, macros do many different tasks. In this session, we'll look at what macros can do for editors.

  • Starting from an understanding of what we're trying to achieve as editors, we'll look at where and how macros can help to
    • identify inconsistencies early,
    • clear nitty-gritty errors by using automated find and replace, and
    • put markers in the text to point out potential problems to check as we read.
  • We'll look at a typical style sheet and see how macros can help us populate it.
  • We'll see what a macro looks like and how you can load one into your computer.
  • We'll get a feel for the wide range of different macros available for the various parts of an editor's job.

The session will aim to motivate you either to get started using macros or to help you see just what is possible with Microsoft Word macros.

After 20 years of editing, typesetting, proofreading and distributing his own monthly computer magazine, Paul Beverley started freelance proofreading, and then editing. He discovered Visual Basic and realized that even with his limited programming skill he could write computer programs (macros) to speed up the editing task. Ten years later, he has a bank of over 550 macros that he offers free to fellow editors via the internet, and he travels around the world (virtually and actually) offering these powerful tools to others. At age 69, he says, "This is the most satisfying job I've had in my whole career–editing is such an enjoyable process, especially when macros enable a faster and more effective job."

Purchase What Can Macros Do For You? now.

 

When to Use Bad English
Presenter: James Harbeck
Length: 1 hour
Language: English
Level: Introductory
Member price: $42
Non-Member price: $60

Is grammatical propriety your highest priority? Do you abhor rude language? Perhaps it's time to think different and ask what you should really give a damn about. Our job as editors is to make sure the text has the best effect on the intended audience. Sometimes that means breaking rules because the rules we're used to aren't the right rules for the game at hand. Let's look at what works when and why.

As a result of attending this session, attendees will have a more fully informed pragmatic understanding of applying and breaking the rules and standards of English for best effect.


James Harbeck has an MA in linguistics and 20 years of experience as an editor. He is well known for his presentations and articles on language.

Twitter: @sesquiotic

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Five Steps to Plain Language Success
Presenter: Kate Harrison Whiteside
Length: 1 hour
Language: English
Level: Introductory
Member price: $42
Non-Member price: $60

Plain language is a process. The five key steps can ensure greater project success. We will look at the plain language big picture, then look at the little steps you can take to achieve success. You'll learn how to create an agreed definition for your purpose, develop audience appreciation, build in user-oriented writing and editing, integrate clear design and implement testing and evaluating. We'll also look at online and social media messages. You'll take away resources, ideas and set goals.

As a result of participating in this webinar, attendees will be able to set out a plan for a plain language project, better lead a team, build support by sharing benefits, use plain language checklists and testing template, identify areas and applications for plain language, set project goals. This webinar is for editorial and communications professionals with basic experience in the topic area.

After her English professor explained her writing style was more journalistic than academic, Kate switched. Journalism morphed from government writing, to freelancing, to writing training. From 1995, Kate has specialized in plain language services, co-created the PLAIN professional organization and IPlainDay, co-chaired and presented at five PLAIN conferences. Her clients are variety, come from Canada, the US, the UK and the EU. Kate says plain language is the solution and we just have to share her ideas with everyone who will listen!

Twitter: @keykate

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Rédaction web pour le gouvernement du Canada
Formatrice : Julie Dufour, Gouvernement du Canada
Durée : 1,5 heure
Langue : Français
Niveau : Préliminaire
Tarif des membres : Gratuit! - Visionnez gratuitement sur Youtube
Tarif des non-membres : 85 $ - S'inscrire maintenant

Au terme de cette séance, les participants seront en mesure d'appliquer de façon stratégique les éléments du Guide de rédaction du contenu du site Canada.ca.

Ce webinaire est conçu à l'intention des professionnels des communications et de la révision qui ont des connaissances de base sur le sujet. Les participants devront pouvoir accéder au Guide de rédaction du contenu du site Canada.ca et au Guide du rédacteur pour la séance en français, ou au Canada.ca Content Style Guide et à The Canadian Style pour la séance en anglais.

Julie Dufour dirige la mise en œuvre du Guide de rédaction du contenu du site Canada.ca au gouvernement du Canada. Elle se consacre aux activités de sensibilisation ainsi qu'à la formation sur la rédaction numérique à l'École de la fonction publique du Canada.

 

Web Writing for the Government of Canada
Presenter: Julie Dufour, Government of Canada
Length: 1.5 hours
Language: English
Level: Introductory
Member price: Free! - Watch the video for free on YouTube
Non-Member price: $85 - Purchase recording

As a result of attending this session, attendees will be able to strategically apply the Canada.ca Content Style Guide.

This webinar is geared to editorial/communication professionals with basic experience in the topic area. Participants should have access to the Canada.ca Content Style Guide and The Canadian Style for the English session and le Guide de rédaction du contenu du site Canada.ca and Le guide du rédacteur for the French session.

Julie Dufour oversees the Canada.ca Content Style Guide for the Government of Canada. She is currently doing outreach and teaching digital writing at the Canada School of Public Service.

 

 

The WordPress A to Z Webinar Series
Presenter: Bud Kraus
Length: Four 75-min. sessions
Language: English
Level: Introductory
Member price: $192.50
Non-Member price: $275
 

Knowing how to use WordPress is an empowering and essential business skill in today's world of writing, editing, collaborating and publishing online content. This is a four part webinar series that will teach you how to use WordPress, the world's leading content management system and blogging platform. It's ideal for writers, editors and anyone who needs to have a website or blog.

The four webinars are

  1. WordPress at 10,000
  2. Building Your Site: Beyond The Basics
  3. All About Blogging
  4. Plugins: The Apps That Make WP Useful

This series is foundational and practical and covers everything that you need to know — no matter what type of website you wish to make. By attending this webinar series, you will be able to create a WordPress site.

Taking this series entitles you to a free WordPress site to practice what you'll be learning.

This webinar is geared to editorial and communication professionals who are at any stage of their career but who have little to no knowledge of WordPress.

Bud Kraus has been teaching WordPress online and in NYC classrooms for many years. His WordPress series has been presented over the past few years for the Editorial Freelancers Association.

Twitter: @joyofwp

http://joyofwp.com/wpatoz-ec

Purchase The WordPress A to Z Webinar Series now.

 

Effective Technical Editing
Presenter: Edward Fenner
Length: 1.5 hours
Language: English
Level: Introductory
Member price: $59.50
Non-Member price: $85
 

Technical editing is a special skill that requires editors to create documents such as procedures that are short and accurate while ensuring all safety considerations are included in their appropriate places. This is essential for any technical communications. This process will be demonstrated via the review and editing of a procedure on how to cook pasta that is currently too long, inconsistent, and terribly unsafe.

As a result of participating in this webinar, you will learn how to objectively observe and evaluate an existing procedure (document or video) using critical thinking skills. You will then learn how to edit and revise the text to create a new, accurate, and safe instructional procedure. This is particularly useful because it demonstrates how common practices are often extremely dangerous.

This webinar is geared to students or junior editors with basic experience in the topic area.

Edward Fenner is a writer, editor, publisher, and consultant with over 30 years experience in corporate and academic settings.

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Better Time Management for Successful Editors
Presenter: Daphne Gray-Grant
Length: 1 hour
Language: English
Level: Introductory/Intermediate
Member price: $42
Non-Member price: $60

You may be an editor but you're also a small business owner. If you don't manage your time effectively, your income will suffer (and perhaps your relationships will, as well.) Daphne Gray-Grant, a former senior editor at The Vancouver Sun — back when it was a real newspaper — quit the newspaper business in 1995 and launched her own communications firm. Her triplet children were one-year-olds at the time. While her children have grown, she has written her own book, ghosted many blogs, edited for major corporations, coached writers around the world and been highly profitable every year. Her system can work for you, too. The webinar will tell you how to do it.

As a result of attending this session, attendees will be able to manage their time better, use the pomodoro method, and time-block their schedules.

This webinar is geared to early- to mid-career editorial professionals who are interested in this topic.

Daphne Gray-Grant, principal of The Publication Coach, gives communications advice to corporations and provides support, advice and training to writers around the world. She is author of the bestselling book 8½ Steps to Writing Faster, Better.

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Copy Editing Live!
Presenter: Elizabeth d'Anjou
Length: Three sessions of 1.5 hours each
Language: English
Level: Introductory
Member price: $178.50
Non-Member price: $255.00

Try your hand at copy editing a short text provided in advance, then see how a seasoned editor works through it with lively and informative running commentary: explaining the edits, discussing alternative possibilities, pointing out how the editing tasks relate to the Editors Canada standards for copy editing, and recommending resources for further study.

Attendees will have opportunities to ask questions and will receive a copy of the professionally edited exercise with changes tracked.

Webinars:

  1. Trade book excerpt
  2. Academic article excerpt
  3. Educational materials excerpt (elementary-school level)

Participants will get a chance to do the one thing that beginning editors need most: practice, with feedback from an experienced editor.

The idea is to recreate the experience of taking up an assignment in the final class of an editing course.

As a result of attending this session, attendees will be able to

  • apply their intermediate editing skills with more confidence
  • identify some strengths, weaknesses, and gaps in their editing
  • recognize some conventions of copy editing in particular genre of text

It is recommended that you have some knowledge of copy editing before taking this webinar—enough to know

  • how copy editing differs from stylistic editing and proofreading;
  • how to make a style sheet; and
  • how to write an author query.

In over 20 years as a freelance editor, Elizabeth d'Anjou has edited trade books, textbooks, academic articles, memoirs, government reports, games, and more. She teaches copy editing for Ryerson University and presents communications workshops across Canada.

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Estimating Editorial Costs
Presenter: Greg Ioannou
Length: 1 hour
Language: English
Level: Introductory/Intermediate
Member price: $42
Non-Member price: $60

The most intimidating part of freelance editing is knowing what to charge. Estimate too high, and you won't get any work. Estimate too low, and you can guarantee yourself a life of poverty. This webinar looks at the two major aspects of estimating: knowing how much to charge per hour (or page or word), and understanding how to assess how much work each manuscript will need. It gives examples of estimates for projects that range in scope from a short story to a major government project, and also demonstrates and evaluates some online estimating resources. It gives advice on such useful business techniques as upselling, downselling, and running screaming.

After attending this webinar, participants will be able to confidently provide accurate cost and time estimates for editorial projects of all kinds.

This webinar is geared toward professional freelance editors (as well as in-house editors who have to prepare project budgets) who want to improve their ability to estimate editorial costs and prepare schedules.

Former disc jockey Greg Ioannou evolved from a record reviewer in his spare time to a professional editor running a publishing company and a crowdfunding site.

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Introduction to STEM Editing
Presenter: Heather Saunders
Length: 1 hour
Language: English
Level: Introductory
Member price: $42
Non-Member price: $60

Introduction to STEM Editing will instruct editors new to the field how to identify, review, and revise STEM content. Participants will learn how to correct jargon, address self-plagiarism, edit visual elements such as figures and tables, and work with both authors and publishers throughout the publishing process.

As a result of attending this webinar, attendees will be able to

  • Describe specific considerations of STEM editing
  • Identify and use the appropriate specific resources and style guides
  • Review math, equations, and visual elements for correctness internally and against the text
  • Identify and learn to address jargon and self-plagiarism

This program is geared toward students or graduates of editorial programs, or non-editors who are interested in this topic.

Heather E. Saunders, owner of Just the Write Type Editing, is a proofreader and STM (science, technology, medicine) editor. She is a board member of The Society for Editing (ACES).

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How to Handle Digital Photos
Presenter: James Harbeck
Length: 1 hour
Language: English
Level: Introductory
Member price: $42
Non-Member price: $60

There is no such thing as a neutral photo. Every photo you'll ever see has been processed: colour adjustment, light balance, cropping, and sometimes finer manipulations to fix flaws or trick viewers. To be in control of how photos look, you have to know how to use the processing software (e.g., Photoshop, Lightroom).

As a result of attending this session, attendees will be able to handle digital image files effectively and understand how they have been handled by other people.

This webinar is geared towards editorial and communication professionals who have basic experience in the topic area.

James Harbeck has been a professional editor and designer for 20 years and a photographer nearly all his life.

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Getting Your Self-Published Client to a Finished Product
Presenter: Dick Margulis
Length: 1.5 hours
Language: English
Level: Introductory
Member price: $59.50
Non-Member price: $85

As editing opportunities shrink in traditional publishing, they continue to expand rapidly in self-publishing. Learn how you can work with and guide independent authors in a way that is fair to them and worthwhile for you. The webinar will be an overview of the independent publishing process, including ethical, financial, and practical considerations. Figure out where you can fit into the process in a way that works best for you.

As a result of attending this session, attendees will be able to

  • explain the book production process to their clients
  • determine the kinds of services that will best help their clients achieve their goals
  • develop a framework for partnering efficiently with other service providers

This webinar is for all editorial and communication professionals who are interested in this topic.

Dick Margulis has decades of experience in both editing and typography. In 2004 he started his business producing high-quality books for authors who publish independently.

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Editing Award-Winning Proposals
Presenter: Vanya Wong
Length: 1 hour
Language: English
Level: Introductory
Member price: $42
Non-Member price: $60

Learn how to write and edit award-winning proposals for government and private companies. This webinar is ideal for those just starting in the proposal writing business or thinking of writing their first proposal.

As a result of attending this session, attendees will be able to

  • understand what background on a client is needed before they begin a proposal editing job
  • apply strategies and checklists when editing proposals
  • apply IFBP when editing a proposal

This webinar is geared towards editorial and communication professionals who have basic experience in the topic area.

Vanya Wong has an active certification with the BC College of Teachers and has facilitated in-person workshops for 10 to 30 people. Vanya has 10 years of teaching experience with adult learners, and 13 years of writing and editing experience. In addition to writing and editing proposals for government and companies, Vanya has edited books for classroom use, articles for trade magazines, and content for company websites and blogs.

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Starting a Freelance Editing or Writing Career
Presenter: Christine LeBlanc
Length: Two 1 hour sessions
Language: English
Level: Introductory
Member price: $84
Non-Member price: $120

Being a freelancer is much more than working in your pyjamas. For the privilege of setting your own hours, you also have to be your own boss, the sales team, the office manager, the bookkeeper, as well as the employee. Learn how in this seminar, which outlines the basic steps to your dream job.

Part 1: Getting Ready
Part 2: Getting Going

As a result of attending this session, attendees will be able to start their own freelance business. They'll know how to register for a business name and HST number, how to start marketing their services and what to track for basic bookkeeping and taxes.

This webinar series is geared towards communication professionals at all stages of their career.

Christine LeBlanc started Dossier Communications in 2005, after a decade in publishing. She has a degree in journalism and a professional certification in marketing.

Twitter: @DossierCom

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Manuscript Evaluation
Presenter: Greg Ioannou
Length: 1 hour
Language: English
Level: Introductory/Intermediate
Member price: $42
Non-Member price: $60

The rise of self-publishing has vastly increased the demand for an old editorial skill -- manuscript evaluation (also called critiquing). Often you'll be asked to edit a manuscript that just isn't ready for editing. An evaluation lets you guide the writer through the task of reworking the manuscript. A properly prepared evaluation looks at a wide variety of aspects of the manuscript, pointing out what's working and what isn't. Evaluation is what beta readers think they are doing, but at a much more professional level. This webinar will discuss how to evaluate fiction and non-fiction manuscripts.

After attending this webinar, participants will be able to guide writers through extensive, focussed rewrites of their manuscripts — and will understand their own writing better, too.

This webinar is geared toward editorial professionals who want a better understanding of manuscript evaluation so that they can include it in the editorial services they offer clients.

Former disc jockey Greg Ioannou evolved from a record reviewer in his spare time to a professional editor running a publishing company and a crowdfunding site.

Twitter: @GregIoannou

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Demystifying Permissions Clearance and Photo Research
Presenter: Marnie Lamb
Length: Three sessions of 1.5 hours each
Language: English
Level: Introductory
Member price: $178.50
Non-Member price: $255

Webinar I: Canadian Copyright Basics for Permissions

Understanding permissions clearance and photo research requires first an understanding of copyright as it relates to permissions clearance. This seminar examines the most important aspects of copyright from this perspective: criteria for copyright protection, types of works protected by copyright, examples of rights protected, and rules surrounding public domain and fair dealing.

As a result of attending this session

  • attendees will be able to give examples of the breadth of materials protected by copyright and the types of rights that copyright covers.
  • attendees will be able to explain the criteria surrounding designations of public domain and fair dealing.

Webinar II: Permissions I: Log Creation, Request Sending, and Photo Research

In this webinar, participants will apply the knowledge gained in Canadian Copyright Basics for Permissions by examining the permissions process, beginning with manuscript assessment and the creation of a log of copyrighted material. The seminar then focuses on how to send a proper permission request to a rightsholder, and finishes by discussing the unique aspects of researching and clearing images. Although the seminar is taught through the lens of educational publishing, participants will find the information presented applicable to other fields.

As a result of attending this session

  • attendees will be able to locate copyrighted material in a manuscript and create a log of that material.
  • attendees will be able to identity the unique features and pitfalls of photo research.

Webinar III: Permissions II: Correspondence, Troubleshooting, and Project Wrap-Up

In the final seminar of the series, participants will follow the permissions process through to the end. Topics discussed comprise corresponding with rightsholders and clients, troubleshooting complex permissions situations, and wrapping up permissions projects. Although the seminar is taught through the lens of educational publishing, participants will find the information presented applicable to other fields.

As a result of attending this session

  • attendees will be able to list best-practice strategies for communicating with rightsholders and clients.
  • attendees will be able to better untangle tricky permissions situations through applying all of the knowledge gained in the seminar series.

This webinar is geared towards editorial and communications professionals who have basic experience in the topic area.

Marnie Lamb runs Ewe Editorial Services, which provides permissions research services to numerous publishers, including McGraw-Hill Education, Nelson, and Emond Montgomery.

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Eight-Step Editing: A Systematic Approach to Improving Readability (Parts 1 & 2)
Instructor: Elizabeth d'Anjou
Length: Two 90-min. sessions
Language: English
Level: Introductory
Member price: $122.50
Non-Member price: $175.00

This webinar demonstrates how to identify common obstacles that can reduce a reader’s ability to understand and engage with a text—and how to fix them. Attendees will leave with a “toolkit” of practical techniques for improving a piece of writing. These techniques can be applied to a wide range of informational documents, including reports, memos, articles, summaries, proposals, observations, analyses, instructions, web content, and more.

For seasoned editors, who tend to apply these techniques intuitively, Eight-Step Editing provides a useful review and a systematic approach. It also offers a way to look more objectively at a piece of writing with the reader’s experience top of mind, and provides a guide for focussing energy in projects where resources (time, money, attention) are limited. For novices, who may struggle to know how to begin, Eight-Step Editing offers an objective starting point and proven techniques to apply as they develop their skills.

As a result of attending this webinar, attendees will be able to

  • identify and solve eight common readability problems, including overly long sentences, wordiness, and low-energy verbs
  • apply a systematic approach to improving a text, making stylistic edits more efficiently and effectively

In over 20 years as a freelance editor, Elizabeth d’Anjou has edited trade books, textbooks, academic articles, memoirs, government reports, games, and more. She teaches copy editing for Ryerson University and presents communications workshops across Canada.

Twitter: @ElizdAnjou

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Editing for the Web Without Lowering Your Standards

Presenter: Erin Brenner
Length: 1 hour
Language: English
Level: Introductory
Member price: $42
Non-Member price: $60
 

People visit websites with a need, and if a site doesn't fulfill that need, they'll click away before you can say "See ya!" Website editors can help keep visitors reading by shaping and formatting copy to hold readers' attention.

In this session, Copyediting co-owner and publisher Erin Brenner will teach you how to edit websites to keep readers interested while upholding grammar and usage rules.

As a result of attending this session, attendees will be able to identify key characteristics of web writing style and be able to edit a manuscript for those characteristics.

This webinar is geared to students or junior editors with basic experience in the topic area.

Erin is the co-owner and publisher and editor-in-chief of Copyediting newsletter. She taught hundreds of editing students through the University of California, San Diego, Extension editing program and is a frequent speaker for editing groups. Erin is currently developing an editing program for Copyediting

Twitter: @ebrenner

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Turning Your Editing Career into a Teaching Career
Presenter: Erin Brenner
Length: 1 hour
Language: English
Level: Advanced
Member price: $42
Non-Member price: $60

There are dozens of programs out there that provide editor training, and they all need teachers. Sharing your expertise with new editors is not only rewarding but also profitable!

In this session, Copyediting co-owner and publisher Erin Brenner will discuss how we learn to edit, what editors need to know to become editing teachers, and the holy grail: where to find teaching positions.

As a result of attending this session, attendees will be able to determine whether they have the required skills to teach editing and where to look for positions.

This webinar is geared to editors with considerable experience.

Erin is the co-owner and publisher and editor-in-chief of Copyediting newsletter. She taught hundreds of editing students through the University of California, San Diego, Extension editing program and is a frequent speaker for editing groups. Erin is currently developing an editing program for Copyediting.

Twitter: @ebrenner

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The Editor's Place in Ebook Development
Presenter: Kevin Callahan
Length: Four 1-hour sessions
Language: English
Level: Introductory
Member price: $157.50
Non-Member price: $225

Ebooks should not be afterthoughts. Digital publishing presents great opportunities for large and small publishers. Ebooks can include more varied and comprehensive content than print. They must be accessible to readers who are closed out of the print format because of various disabilities. Editors can be instrumental in creating robust e-titles by including ebooks as part of planning and production from acquisition, or before.

  • What is an ebook? An under-the-hood look at EPUB creation. Tools, methodologies, workflows.
  • There's no page count! Plan the ebook edition from the start. What can be enhanced in the digital edition? What extra editorial elements can be included? What are the design needs? Plan extended, interactive backmatter, including a linked index.
  • Make every ebook accessible. Plan these elements from acquisition: structure, book section identification, image descriptions, design choices.
  • Talk to your colleagues. What does the designer needs to hear? How can the production department help? What does the ebook developer require?

As a result of attending this webinar, attendees will have a broad exposure to the possibilities and responsibilities of ebook development.

And, they will learn that by working from the earliest planning stages, collaborative ebook development can not only create powerful digital offerings but can enhance the editor's appreciation of the format.

This webinar is geared to editorial and communication professionals who have basic experience.

Kevin Callahan is a New York City–based ebook developer, writer, and teacher. He speaks regularly at conferences such as ebookcraft, PePcon, and CreativePro Week, and is a member of the EPUB3 Community Group's Accessibility taskforce. You can watch his course on Creating Fixed Layout ebooks for the Kindle on Lynda.com. Kevin will present a seminar on how to use InDesign to make ebooks accessible at the next ebookcraft in Toronto in March 2018.

Twitter: @BNGObooks

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Achieving Editorial Excellence in K-Adult ESL/ELT Materials
Presenter: Marilyn Rosenthal
Length: 2 hours
Language: English
Level: Introductory
Member price: $84
Non-Member price: $120

The webinar will present an overview and detail the major aspects of of ESL/ELT editorial development. It will include the

  • Editorial planning stage
  • Important references and guidelines
  • Developing a model lesson template
  • Important conventions inside the manuscript (distractors, examples, direction lines) summary of the top 10 factors for achieving editorial excellence

As a result of attending this session, attendees will be able to

  • Use the CEFR to align language levels in materials.
  • Do a competition analysis
  • Create a book map
  • Create a lesson template

This webinar is for editorial and communication professionals with basic experience in the topic area.

Marilyn Rosenthal has more than 30 years of editorial experience in ESL/ELT publishing. She earned a Ph.D. in Linguistics from Georgetown University and has worked for OUP, McGraw-Hill, and many other ELT publishers. Through her company, Syntactix International, she currently consults with many ELT/ESL publishers worldwide and trains ESL/ELT editors through her presentations and webinars.

Twitter: @Marilynrosenth4

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Meet Gutenberg: The New WordPress Content Editor
Presenter: Bud Kraus
Length: 1.5 hours
Language: English
Level: Introductory
Member price: $59.50 + HST
Non-Member price: $85.00 + HST
 

Are you ready for the new WordPress editor that will forever change the way you create web content?

Gutenberg, the name of the new editor, is a new publishing experience for WordPress that’s currently in the works: get ready to make your words, pictures, and layout look as good on screen as they do in your imagination, without any code.

Soon, WordPress 5.0 will be released. It will feature a revolutionary content editor that will entirely replace the WP editor you are currently using.

Gutenberg has evolved over the past year to the point where it is time to learn its fundamentals no matter how you use WordPress. Don’t be caught by surprise. Get a head start on what this major change is all about.

In this presentation, Bud will help you get ready for Gutenberg by showing you:

  • An overview of what Gutenberg is
  • A demo of how it works
  • How you'll soon be using its block editing system to add titles, headings, paragraphs, quotes, and other types of copy; have text wrap around an image; and create reusable content
  • How to move, duplicate and delete blocks
  • A few plugins new to Gutenberg
  • If your page builder works – or won’t – with Gutenberg
  • What you can do to prepare for this important change

This webinar is for anyone who uses WordPress. Gutenberg will affect every WordPress website.
 
As an added bonus, when you register for this webinar you will be entitled to a complimentary test of your site to see if it is compatible with Gutenberg. 

Bud Kraus has taught web design and WordPress for over 20 years in New York City and for his online students. He is the creator of the WP A To Z Series, a free WordPress training service. He works with small businesses and their sites, too.

Twitter: @joyofwp

Website: joyofwp.com

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