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 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 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,

Editors Calgary Chair

A quick checklist: Ten things to think about when creating a style guide

Our language has boundless possibilities. The purpose of an editorial style guide is to impose order and consistency. But where do you start? Here are some great ideas from a workshop in Calgary Oct. 3, hosted by local members of Editors Canada, and led by editing veterans Christa Bedwin, Lori Burwash, and Sue Ridewood.

  1. Target of the style guide: Who do you hope will use the guide: in-house writer, freelance writer, copy editor, proofreader, designer, researcher, employee, volunteer, or club member? Should the guide be more prescriptive, or less? The user’s level of knowledge should shape how much detail you include.
  2. Purpose:  What do you hope to achieve with your style guide? If your goal is standardizing terminology within a horse club, then a more project-specific style sheet might be all that’s needed. Are you articulating the values and communication culture of an entire workplace? Then a more fulsome style guide might be in order, along the lines of the inspiring MailChimp Content Style Guide.
  3. Think about the audience: The style guide should help writers adjust their language for the intended audience. Who is your publication is trying to reach? “Speak in the language of the people you are speaking to,” Lori says.
  4. Organized: Make your style guide digestible, searchable, and visually attractive. Include a mission statement, clear structure, headings, and perhaps a table of contents. In our digital age, wasting paper on a lengthier style guide may not be an issue.
  5. Authority: Is the style guide mandated or endorsed within the hierarchy of your organization?
  6. Words and caps, consistency: Flesh out the preferred styles for capitalization, level of formality, tolerance for jargon or specialized terms, writing tense, acronyms, etc. Include a list of slippery or sensitive words. Make note of exceptions. “Consistency builds understanding in our audience,” Sue says.
  7. Best practices: Include and explain examples of effective approaches.
  8. Resources: Link to related sources such as online dictionaries, abbreviation guidelines, or other style guides.
  9. Cultural sensitivities: If your context is global, what geographic or corporate variations should be taken into account?
  10. Legal and ethical considerations: As needed, spell out standards for copyright, trademark, attribution, and defamation.

– Posted by David Hedley

Read more about the Calgary twig of Editors Canada.

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