November get-together: Self-publishing and other personal publishing experiences

Hey there Calgary editors!

Our next get together for the Calgary Twig is Thursday November 9 at 6:30, 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!

Please note: Margaret will have copies the book on hand to sell for $20 plus GST. The book can also be previewed at www.goodbusinesswriter.com.

When: Thursday, November 9th, 6:30 to 8:30 pm (At this time of night, street parking is free.)
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 to eac.calgary@gmail.com by no later than November 8, so we know how much milk and cookies to bring along.

Looking forward to seeing you there!

 

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New Editors Calgary workshop: MS Word’s Timesaving Tools—Including Macros

Please note: due to low registration numbers we have had to cancel this seminar. We do hope to offer it again in the new year.

Presenter: Andrea Martin
Date: Friday, November 24
Time: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Location: Community Wise Resource Centre – 223 12 Ave SW, Calgary, AB T2R 0G9

Rates

Members (including members of CAFE and students): Until November 13, $127.50 / After November 13 $150
Non-members: Until November 13, $170 / After November 13 $200

Register now

In this workshop, you will learn to use Microsoft Word’s built-in features to help speed your writing and editing. You will learn keyboard shortcuts, auto-text, auto-correct, quick parts, styles and templates, and macros.

By the end of the day you will be able to record macros that aren’t covered by Word’s built-in features. There will be lots of practice so that when you return to your office, you will be able to start using your newly acquired skills right away.

Please note that this workshop is taught in MS Word 2016 with 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 what is taught on a PC. For example, some keyboard shortcuts and menu items will be different on a Mac.

Morning and afternoon coffee and snacks provided.

Instructor 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.

September 26 Meet-and-Greet

Hi editors!
Just a reminder to add to your calendars our first event of the season. We will be hosting a meet-and-greet at CommunityWise Resource Centre in the Board Room at 7 p.m. on September 26, 2017. We will be providing tea, coffee, and cookies. There is no charge for this event.
This will be a casual meet-up to welcome everyone back from the summer and share what we have been working on. Please remember that we are an inclusive community, and we welcome all editors, new and seasoned. Although we strongly encourage membership with Editors Canada, membership is not required for this event.
Thank you and we look forward to seeing you there. Please RSVP before September 22, 2017.
Christine and Raina
eac.calgary@gmail.com

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 calgary.twig@editors.ca 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

Eight-Step Editing

The EC Calgary twig’s April 28 interactive workshop was well attended by familiar faces and out-of-towners, novice and experienced editors alike. Elizabeth d’Anjou, a confident, careful, and capable editor, has presented Jim Taylor’s workshop for many years. She encouraged participation, as well as discussion on our diverse approaches to varying examples.

The course included Jim Taylor’s revised edition of Eight-Step Editing, a comprehensive and helpful guide with editing information, relevant essays, and real examples with possible solutions. Elizabeth highlighted pertinent material in the course book, but some examples were sacrificed for group discussions, which made the day quite lively and left us with plenty of material to practice at home.

The focus of the Eight-Step Editing course is improving readability with stylistic and structural editing. I would encourage editors to explore this method as it provides a useful review to brush up on skills and a strategic procedure to create a stronger editing technique. The Eight-Step system will stimulate and strengthen your editorial toolbox. The seminar also gives insight into explaining edits to your clients with plain language and a clear approach.

Elizabeth also recommended two further resources: Word by Word, by Kory Stamper (for fun), and Editing Canadian English 3rd Edition, published by Editors Canada (for function).

Contact Editors Calgary at eac.calgary@gmail.com to recommend a topic for the next seminar, planned for this fall. We’re also always looking for bloggers to write about Calgary’s editing scene!

~ Raina Schnider

Eight-Step Editing

Editors Calgary is pleased to offer a professional development workshop on Friday, April 28, at CommunityWise Resource Centre in 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.

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.

For details about fees (including discounts for students and for members of CAFE and PWAC), please visit the Editors Canada website. If you have any questions about registering, email Christine or Chrissie at calgary.twig@editors.ca.

Structural Editing Workshop

A new year is a good time to take stock of skills and practices and think about new approaches to professional development. We’ve been talking to Calgary-area editors about what they want from their twig, and top of the list has been more workshops and seminars.

So we’re starting 2017 with a workshop on Structural Editing, taught by West Coast Editorial Association’s Ruth Wilson.

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After completing this workshop, participants will know

  • 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

The workshop will be held on Friday, February 10, 2017, from 9am-4pm, at CommunityWise Resource Centre (the Old Y) in downtown Calgary. For more details on the workshop and on Ruth Wilson, visit the twig’s website. Early bird pricing ends on January 27; discounts are available for CAFE/PWAC members and for students.

 

Do you like words? Do you like breakfast? Join us for an Editors Calgary brunch!

Hello all,

We realize this may be quite short notice, but sometimes less notice works better than more! Chrissie and I will be heading to the downtown Cora’s for brunch on Saturday, December 3, at 10:00 a.m., and we’d love for you to join us.

Let’s take advantage of some quiet time before the holidays to reflect on our year in editing, share stories of our successes, plan for the year ahead (we can tell you all about the upcoming stylistic editing workshop we are planning for February) and of course indulge in some hearty breakfast food!

If you would like to join us, please RSVP to eac.calgary@gmail.com by no later than next Thursday, December 1, so that we can book a table or two for our group.

Thanks, and we hope to see you soon!

Christine & Chrissie

Fall coffee meet and greet

After a hiatus over the summer break, we would like to reconvene the twig with our first fall coffee get-together:

When: Tuesday, November 1, 5:30-7:00 p.m.

Where: Kensington Second Cup

Why: To reconnect with other Calgary Twig members, update each other on our current projects and activities, and plan future twig activities (social or professional).

Also why: The co-chairs of the Calgary Twig are looking for volunteers to take on the coordination of the twig and help plan activities or seminars.

We need you!

Although the twig was launched with much enthusiasm in 2015 and we have done our best to keep it going over the past year and a half, with a few socials, coffee meetings and a couple of seminars, the twig co-chairs are now regrettably no longer able to devote much time to twig matters and are looking for assistance to keep it going (due to personal and professional commitments).

What are you looking for?

Beyond being a good opportunity to reconnect with other local EC members (and to discuss the upcoming certification exams with other editors), we hope the coffee meeting will give us an opportunity to discuss what our twig members would like to get out of the twig – your needs and expectations.

Please RSVP (kind of)

Should you intend to join us at Second Cup on the 1st, please email us to let us know by no later than October 30. We hope to have a strong turnout, which will indicate an interest twig members in maintaining the twig as a resource and hub for Calgary-area editors.

Wishing you all a happy fall, and looking forward to seeing you in a few weeks,

Christine & Chrissie

Calgary Twig Co-chairs