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Editors Calgary was formed in February 2015. For more information about editing in Calgary, including Editors Calgary social events and professional development opportunities, we invite you to follow us.

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2017 Volunteers


Christine Beevis Trickett

Social media coordinator:

Rachel Small

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This fast-paced workshop, co-hosted by Editors Calgary and the Society for Technical Communicators, introduces you to the Microsoft Word tools that supercharge your writing and editing time. Come and be challenged by advanced keyboard shortcuts, auto-correct and auto-text, find and replace, templates and macros. The workshop begins with a hands-on test of your keyboard shortcut skills.

The instructor will be using MS Word 2016 on a Windows 10 operating system. Participants should have MS Word versions of 2010 or later with Windows 7 or higher. Mac users should be familiar enough with their operating system and Word for Mac that they can adapt to what is taught on a PC. For example, some keyboard shortcuts and menu items will be different on a Mac.

When: May 5, 2018 9-12:30 MT

Where: Innovate Calgary (Boardroom 2/3)
3553 31 St NW, Calgary, AB T2L 2K7

Register here

Presenter bio:

In 1995 Andrea Martin enrolled in a four-month long computer course. On her first day she didn’t even know how to turn one on. Upon graduation, she was asked to stay on as a teacher and hasn’t looked back. Teaching people how to use computers and solve problems have been her passion ever since. After two years of classroom teaching, she became a training coordinator for a natural gas pipeline company. In that role she formatted and edited technical training materials. Today she freelances in the same field.

Andrea uses Microsoft Word’s shortcuts and macros to speed up the formatting and editing process, and she continually searches for faster ways to perform repetitious tasks. In this workshop she wants to share her in-depth knowledge of how to apply Word’s powerful tools to help others streamline their writing and editing time.

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Hey there Calgary editors!

Our next get together for the Calgary Twig is Thursday November 9th @ 630, with a casual discussion about self-publishing and other personal publishing experiences. Have you been down this road yourself? Have you supported clients as they pursue this adventure?

Margaret Chandler, a long-standing Calgary editor and the genius behind the MRU Professional Editing Certificate program, recently self-published Good Writing is Good Business: Your Go-to Guide to Stylish and Successful Business Writing. She’ll get the ball rolling with her own tales and tips about becoming a self-published author. Please come and participate in the conversation!

When: Thursday, November 9th, 6:30 to 8:30 pm
Where: CommunityWise Resource Centre (the old Y in the Beltline), Common Room 223 – 12th Ave SW

All are welcome to this free and accessible event. We fantasize that all local editors will join Editors Canada, and the Calgary twig in particular, but membership is not a requirement to attend our events.

Please RSVP so we know how much milk and cookies to bring along.

Looking forward to seeing you there! At this time of night, street parking is free.


Mid-summer social!

Join us for a mid-summer social: a chance to catch up on local editors' summers, and plan for our upcoming fall seminars. Interested in lending a hand with the Editors Calgary Twig? We'll also be discussing opportunities for volunteers.

When: Tuesday, August 15, 5:30-8ish
Where: Betty Lou’s Library, The Devenish Building, 908 17 Ave SW
RSVP: Please email Christine Beevis Trickett ( by no later than Monday to RSVP (and we’ll provide the password for entry)

A double-barrelled affair: You're invited to the Editors Calgary AGM and pre-summer social!

When: June 6, 5:30-6:30 (AGM) | 6:30-8:30 (social)
Where: Central Library, Meeting Room 2 (AGM) | Minas Brazilian Steakhouse (social)

Join us for a double-barrelled event on June 6. We’ll begin with our AGM at the Calgary Central Library to discuss:

  • the year that was for Editors Calgary;
  • the financial and membership status of the Editors Calgary Twig;
  • volunteer opportunities (we are actively looking for volunteers to take on various roles, to ensure the twig continues its momentum); and
  • our plans for the year ahead, including future events and workshops.

Following the AGM, we'll then wander over to the Minas Brazilian Steakhouse for light appetizers (courtesy of the Calgary Twig) and socializing before the summer kicks off in earnest.

Should you wish to join us (and we hope you will!), please email by no later than June 1 so that we can put you on our RSVP list.

Hope to see you all there,

Christine Beevis Trickett & Raina Schnider

Join Editors Calgary for a Workshop on Eight-Step Editing, April 28, 2017

When: April 28, 2017, 9-4
Where: The Old Y Common Room, Calgary

About the Workshop

Eight-Step Editing is a systematic method for making a text more readable. This hands-on workshop demonstrates how to identify common obstacles that can reduce a reader’s ability to understand and engage with a text — and provides quick and simple techniques for fixing them. Attendees will leave with a “toolkit” of practical techniques for improving texts. These techniques can be applied to a wide range of informational documents, including reports, memos, 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.

Eight-Step Editing combines theory with practice. Participants gain an understanding of the principles underlying each of the eight steps, then apply those principles in exercises. Created in 1985 by Jim Taylor as a workshop for Editors Canada, and now updated by Elizabeth d’Anjou, Eight-Step Editing has been presented across Canada, to rave reviews, for editors, writers, corporate and government communications workers, academics, and other groups for over 30 years.

About the Instructor

Elizabeth d'Anjou has over 20 years of experience as a freelance editor with a diverse clientèle, including textbook publishers, government ministries and nonprofit agencies. Her particular strengths include careful copy editing, translating jargon into accessible prose, and adjusting language level, including plain-language editing and consulting. A third-generation editor, she teaches copy editing for Ryerson University’s Publishing Programme and developed its new online grammar course. She is in demand as a presenter of communications workshops for corporate, government and nonprofit clients as well as for Editors Canada. She sits on the Editors Canada National Executive Council.

Registration fees

Editors Canada members
Regular price: $225
Early price: $200

Regular price: $125
Early: $110

CAFÉ and PWAC members
Regular: $250
Early: $225

Regular: $325
Early: $300

Coffee and refreshments will be served in the morning and afternoon.

Early registration: April 14
Final registration deadline: April 21

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Join Editors Calgary For a Workshop on Skilful Structural Editing, Feb 10, 2017

When: February 10, 2017, 9-4
Where: The Old Y Common Room, Calgary

About the workshop

Many editors are intimidated when they are asked to do a structural edit. Unlike other stages of editing, structural editing has fewer "rules," and there is never just one way to solve structural problems. Structural editors are called upon to clarify, reorganize, and even rewrite. Negotiation with the author is also often part of the job.

This one-day workshop will deepen your existing skills by examining a sure-fire approach and process. You will learn how to break down structural editing into manageable tasks and resolve imbalance in content and ensure the manuscript is appropriate for the intended audience. At the end of the workshop, participants will know

This workshop will help anyone wishing to advance their structural editing abilities or broaden their skills base. It will be most useful for participants who already have an understanding of structural editing and some experience, although editors at all levels are welcome. All course materials will be supplied.

About the instructor

Ruth Wilson has more than 30 years' experience editing trade books, professional journals, association publications, and corporate materials at all levels. She first honed her structural editing skills when she worked at Vancouver book publisher Self-Counsel Press, and since then she has shared what she has learned, having taught Substantive Editing in SFU's Writing and Communications Program for 15 years, along with other skills-based courses.

Ruth is a partner in West Coast Editorial Associates ( and she has served on several national committees of Editors Canada. In 2011 she was honoured by Editors Canada as a recipient of the President's Award for Volunteer Service, and in 2014 she was recognized as a Certified Professional Editor (Hon) for the work she did in developing and launching Editors Canada's world-class certification program.

Registration fees

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Editors Canada members
Regular price: $200
Early price: $175

Regular price: $110
Early: $100

CAFÉ and PWAC members
Regular: $225
Early: $195

Regular: $250
Early: $225

Coffee and refreshments will be served in the morning and afternoon.


Early registration: January 27

Final registration deadline: February 3

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    • How to assess a manuscript to identify structural issues
    • How to use an outline to reveal structure
    • What questions to ask when analyzing problems
    • How to avoid over editing and respect the writer's work
    • How graphics and design can support structural editing decisions
    • Why diplomacy can be just as important as editorial skill
    • How to estimate how long editing will take