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A workshop: Creating and maintaining a professional style guide

Three quick questions: In your work, do you spell the word “adviser” with “er” or “or” at the end? Do you have a clear goal for every piece of content you publish? Do you have an easy-to-use style guide in place to establish your editorial standards? If such questions fascinate, derail, and torture you all day long, you may be interested in a workshop planned by Editors Calgary later this fall.

Join us on Saturday, Oct. 3 as we explore style guides: their purpose, structure, various approaches, starting a style guide from scratch or improving an existing one, and related software. Leading the workshop for the Calgary Twig of Editors Canada are three veteran Calgary editors and presenters:

Christa Bedwin teaches engineers and scientists how to communicate better, and also writes and edits in a range of fields such as scientific research, business, and fiction. A certified yoga instructor (ask her some time about how yoga can help editors), Christa has worked as a teacher of math, science, and chemistry. She was among a team of topic experts who contributed to the long-awaited third edition of Editing Canadian English and its companion volume, Editorial Niches.

Lori Burwash has 25 years’ experience as an editor/writer in publishing, communications and advertising. She’s been an Editors Canada certification test-setter, a juror for the Lois Hole Award for Editorial Excellence, and an instructor for Mount Royal University, the International Association of Business Communicators, Editors Canada, and RBC Royal Bank, among other organizations and businesses. A big fan of style guides, Lori is a writer at Dissolve.

Sue Ridewood is a communications consultant and strategist who has written and edited in corporate environments for more than 35 years in Calgary, for both internal and external audiences. Sue has been accredited since 1991 by IABC and remains active as a volunteer and mentor. She has developed employee education and recognition campaigns, built style guides, overseen advertising and promotion projects, delivered training, and taught college-level courses.

Workshop on style guides

  • When: Saturday, Oct. 3, 2015, 9 a.m. to noon. (Coffee, tea, and a light snack provided)
  • Where: CommunityWise Resource Centre (the Old YMCA building in the Beltline) 223 12th Ave. S.W.
  • Cost: $70 +GST for Editors Canada members (rate extends to members of CAFE, STC, AMPA, and students), $100 +GST for non-members
  • How to register: Online through Editors Canada. Deadline extended to Sunday, Sept. 27 at midnight.

A note about Editors Canada certification

This workshop will be helpful for anyone planning to take one of the Editors Canada certification exams later this fall in Calgary. Part of the workshop will provide an overview of the certification process. However, registration in our workshop is not a requirement for taking the exam. In addition, the workshop is not meant to cover all the knowledge about style guides required for the exam. Read more about how to prepare for certification. Read more about the professional editorial standards for copy editing, including how to develop and apply a style guide.

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