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Substantive Editing

Registration Information | Venue Information | 2017–2018 Seminars

Monday, October 16, 2017
Capital Hill Hotel & Suites, 88 Albert St., Ottawa
Time: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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Registration fees (includes lunch, snacks, and HST):

  • Editors Canada member: $275
  • Non-member: $400 

Seminar Description

What do you do when your client sends you a document to copy edit, but you quickly realize it needs much more? Substantive editing requires a whole range of editing skills that go far beyond stylistic and copy editing. 

This seminar will cover substantive editing using a specific approach and process for the substantive job, educating your client about the types of editing and the time and effort involved, evaluating the coherence and organization of the information, negotiating revisions with the author and client, and asserting your editorial authority.

    Real examples will be discussed and you will be given challenging exercises. Instructor Jennifer Latham will share tips and strategies for dealing with the inherent dangers of substantive editing, such as knowing when to suggest improvements for the author to make and when to rewrite yourself. Come and find out how to expand your services to tackle those big picture problems.


    Jennifer Latham is a past president of Editors Canada. She worked for many years as a full-time freelance editor offering editing, writing, and project management services to government and private sector clients. Jennifer is currently the Director of Editorial and Production Services with the Office of the Auditor General of Canada.