A Successful AGM

After a very productive AGM last Saturday, we are happy to announce that the twig will continue to bring social and professional development opportunities to Calgary’s editors. Watch here, Facebook, Twitter, or Linkedin, for upcoming event information!its-alive

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,

Editors Calgary Chair

January get-together: What’s ahead for 2018?

Dear Calgary editors,

You’re invited to join us for the first Editors Calgary gathering of 2018! This will be an opportunity to meet other local editors, share your plans for the coming year, and help brainstorm events and opportunities for the twig for 2018. Or, find out about volunteering with the twig!

When: Tuesday, January 30, 5:30 p.m.
Where: Hotel Arts, Raw Bar
RSVP: eac.calgary@gmail.com (by Friday, January 26)

Please feel free to forward this invitation to other local editing colleagues and friends.

Hope to see you there,

Editors Calgary Chair

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!


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


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

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.