New workshop, brunch, 2018 conference & volunteer opportunities

Hello Editors Calgary and Calgary-area members. I trust you’ve had a good winter and that, like me, you’re ready for spring to arrive – or at the very least, for all this snow to melt!

It’s been quiet on the Editors Calgary front, since our social on January 30 – which a group of seven editors attended. Somehow, February and March zoomed by on hyperdrive, and we are now into April. Time just doesn’t seem to want to stand still!

It may have been quiet, but that doesn’t mean we haven’t been working to design new professional development and networking opportunities for Calgary twig members and their editing friends and colleagues. Read on for more information about our workshop on productivity tips for Word, a brunch gathering in April, the 2018 Editors Canada conference, and volunteering opportunities with the twig.

Supercharge Word: 7 tips for boosting your productivity in Word

Calgary twig member Andrea Martin is keen to share her years of expertise and knowledge with local editors, and has designed a special half-day workshop that will leave you with seven ways that you can boost your productivity in Word.

The workshop is co-hosted and co-sponsored by our friends at STC Alberta, and will be offered on May 5 at Innovate Calgary.

More information here >

April brunch

It’s been a few months since we last gathered, so it’s high time for another Editors Calgary social. Some of our members at the last soirée suggested a downtown Saturday brunch on an upcoming Saturday.

Might I suggest:

Original Joe’s, downtown location
Saturday, April 14, 11 a.m.

I’m told their menu is quite good, and they offer a MealShare option that allows you to purchase an item off the menu that they will then offer to a youth in need.

RSVP to eac.calgary@gmail.com by no later than April 11.

Editors Canada conference

By now you’re probably aware that the 2018 Editors Canada conference is set for May 25-27 in Saskatoon. Are you planning to attend, and would you like to travel with local editors? If so, please email eac.calgary@gmail.com and I’ll be happy to connect you with other editors who will be traveling to the conference.

Still looking for volunteers!

At the moment, the Calgary twig is a one-woman show. Hence, in part, why this post is so lengthy – it’s the first time I’ve had in a while to sit down and attend to twig matters – and why things have slowed in terms of twig activities.

Volunteering is not only a great way to connect with other local editors and have a say in what activities the Editors Calgary twig can offer. It’s also an excellent professional development opportunity!

Learn more in this Editors Canada presentation:

Develop and maintain your skills: Volunteering as professional development >

Want to discuss how you might get involved with the twig? Have suggestions for upcoming events? Please don’t hesitate to reach out!

I hope you’ve all been doing well, and look forward to connecting with you at an Editors Calgary event in the near future!

All the best in the meantime,

Christine
Editors Calgary Chair

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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

Editors Calgary March Social

The holidays are behind us and we’re into a new year of editing in Calgary. The Calgary twig is holding an informal gathering, a chance to chat and to talk about our upcoming workshop.

 

When: Wednesday, March 2, from 4-6pm

Where: The common room of the CommunityWise Resource Centre (the old YMCA) at 223 12th Ave SW in the Beltline

CommunityWise Resource Centre
CommunityWise Resource Centre

The facilities include a kitchen for making tea and coffee and we’ll bring some cookies. If you’re thinking of stopping by, please drop us a line at eac.calgary@gmail.com.

 

Editors Calgary holiday social

Get out and mingle with fellow word elves  at the Editors Calgary’s holiday gathering. This will be a pay-as-you-go event at Brewster’s in Crowfoot (accessible from the Crowfoot C-train station, and with lots of free parking). We will have a professional holiday mingle activity or two on the go.

Date: Friday, December 4
Time: 4 to 7 p.m.

Our apologies that it’s not more central — we will aim for the next event in the south and hope that people can make this event this time.
In the spirit of the season, you are welcome to bring holiday guests!

RSVP not necessary, but appreciated, to Christa Bedwin at ChristaBedwin@gmail.com.