Editors Canada Conference 2016

This weekend, editors from across Canada and around the world will be meeting in Vancouver for A Correction Connection.


The Calgary twig is co-ordinating a meetup for any Calgary-area editors attending the conference. If you’ll be there and want to grab a coffee with us, to catch up with editors you know and meet editors you don’t know (yet), email us eac.calgary@gmail.com.

We’ll update this post with details once we agree on a time and place!

Join us for our AGM

All members of the Calgary twig of Editors Canada are welcome to join us on Tuesday, June 28, for our Annual General Meeting.

We’ll convene at 5pm in the 2nd floor boardroom of CommunityWise Resource Centre, 223 12th Ave SW, Calgary, for the business portion of the meeting. If you have any items you’d like to add to our agenda, please email us by June 15.

Then we’ll move down the street to the Upper Raw Bar, Hotel Arts, 119 12th Ave SW, for the social gathering, starting at 6:30pm, where we’ll nibble on appetizers and chat about editing in Calgary, what we did at the Vancouver conference, and upcoming events like When Words Collide.

If you plan to join us for either or both of these events, please RSVP to eac.calgary@gmail.com by June 21.

Voting at the National AGM

Those of you who are members of Editors Canada (EAC) will have already received an email inviting you to attend the AGM, held on Saturday, June 11 starting at 8:45 am in the Denman Ballroom of the conference hotel, the Coast Plaza. All Editors Canada (EAC) members are eligible to vote on matters at the meeting.


If you don’t plan to attend the AGM in Vancouver next, month, you can vote by proxy, either by contacting the national secretary (see above) or by giving it to a member who is attending. Chrissie Mains will be attending and will be happy to do this on your behalf.

If you do plan to attend the AGM, please let us know if you are willing to do this for other members (feel free to comment on this post or email Chrissie). And of course if you are planning to attend the conference, whether or not you will be going to the AGM, let us know that too, and we can make plans to meet up in Vancouver.

Coffee in Kensington (May)

UPDATE to the UPDATE: We’ve been able to reschedule for the following Wednesday, May 18, same time, same place.

UPDATE: Unfortunately, we’ve had to cancel this get-together.


Once again, we’ll be at the Second Cup in Kensington between 5 and 7 p.m. on Wednesday, May 11, for coffee and conversation with Calgary-area editors.

There are so many topics we could talk about:

  • our recent Grammar Boot Camp workshop and our plans for a Social Media for Editors workshop later this spring
  • the upcoming national conference in Vancouver from June 10-12; if you’re planning to attend, it would be great to make plans for lunch or coffee while we’re there
  • the twig’s first Annual General Meeting scheduled for the end of summer
  • finding a more permanent place for get-togethers and workshops
  • creating study groups for the November certification exams
  • networking opportunities

…. and so much more!

Looking forward to seeing some of you there. RSVP’s are appreciated (so we have an idea of how large a table we need to find) but feel free to drop by for a few minutes or longer. For RSVP’s and questions, email us at eac.calgary@gmail.com.



WHEN:                  9am to 4pm, Wednesday, April 6

WHERE:                CommunityWise Resource Centre, 223 12th Ave SW, Calgary, AB


Frances Peck has been working with words for over two decades, whether writing them, editing them, or teaching people about them.  The author of Peck’s English Pointers and co-author of the popular HyperGrammar website, Frances teaches editing at Simon Fraser University and Douglas College. She is a partner with West Coast Editorial Associates and a long-time member of EAC


Seminar Description

Want to flex your grammar (and punctuation and usage) muscles? This intensive seminar will put you through the paces. It focuses on high-level errors, the ones that make it past editors and proofreaders and into print.

Seminar Content

  • Identify and fix easy-to-miss grammar, punctuation, and usage mistakes
  • Decide when (occasionally) to leave mistakes alone, depending on audience and genre
  • Apply the most up-to-date rules and editing practices
  • Explain your corrections to others




  Students EAC Members CAFE/PWAC NonMembers
Early Bird

(by March 23

$100 $175 $195 $225

(after March 23

$110 $200 $225 $250




Click on this link to register at Editors Canada.

Save the Date: Grammar Boot Camp with Frances Peck

Editors Calgary (a twig of EAC) is happy to announce a professional development workshop featuring Frances Peck, who is bringing her Grammar Boot Camp to Calgary on Wednesday, April 6, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Watch this space for further details about venue and pricing.

Frances Peck of West Coast Editorial Associates.

Frances Peck of West Coast Editorial Associates

Frances Peck has been working with words for over two decades, whether writing them, editing them, or teaching people about them. The author of Peck’s English Pointers (available through the Language Portal of Canada) and co-author of the popular HyperGrammar website and Peck’s English Pointers, an ebook available through the Language Portal of Canada, Frances teaches editing at Simon Fraser University and Douglas College. She is a partner with West Coast Editorial Associates and a long-time member of EAC.

About Grammar Boot Camp

Want to flex your grammar (and punctuation and usage) muscles? This intensive seminar will put you through the paces. Focusing on high-level errors—the ones that make it past the eyes of language professionals and into print—this session will help you identify and fix the most puzzling mistakes in grammar, punctuation, and usage.

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.

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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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.