Upgrade Your Skills: A Wise New Year’s Resolution

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As all good editors know, learning is a lifelong process. So why not make a resolution to bolster your skills and attend some first-rate editing seminars in 2015? In addition to offering in-house seminars to groups of 10 or more, the NCR Branch has a great lineup of workshops ready to be presented at our regular venue in downtown Ottawa.

Here’s what’s up next:

Copy Editing I: Armed with decades of editing experience, Moira White returns again this year with her popular Copy Editing I seminar. It appeals to both novice editors and those who want to improve their skills. She’ll delve into spelling, grammar, punctuation, word usage and style mechanics in this learn-by-doing seminar. You’ll learn basic techniques for improving text and get good at spotting the types of errors and difficulties typically found in everyday writing. So reserve your seat and mark January 22 on your calendar.

Fact Checking: We are pleased to offer this new half-day seminar to editors in the National Capital Region. Instructor Laura Byrne-Paquet will help participants develop this important editing skill that prevents mistakes, avoids loss of money, avoids lawsuits, and establishes client/author credibility. She will share her wealth of knowledge and equip you with the skills to perform the job effectively. This three-hour morning workshop is scheduled for February 5. Don’t miss out!

Editing for Non-Editors: Find and Fix the Most Common Errors in Documents: Are you a writer or designer? Are you responsible for the quality control of documents? Does your work involve correcting other people’s writing (or your own)? Or are you a new editor looking for a fast track to working productively? If you answered yes to any of these questions, this is the workshop for you. Let Elizabeth Macfie, seasoned instructor and EAC-certified editor, help you develop your editing skills at this full-day workshop on February 18.

Electronic Editing: Graham Young has conducted more than 500 writing and presentation-skills seminars and taught some 6,000 participants from the public, private, and non-profit sectors how to write and speak effectively. He will be back this year with his popular Electronic Editing seminar on February 27. You will learn a variety of electronic editing skills that can save you valuable time and simplify your work. Bring your laptop and be prepared to do plenty of hands-on exercises.

Take a look at what participants have had to say about our Fall 2014 seminars by clicking on the Testimonials tab above. We hope to see you at one of our 2015 seminars. For further details on all of our seminars planned for this winter and spring, go to www.editors.ca/branches/ncr/seminars. Or if you’re interested in having a regular or customized seminar delivered in your workplace, you can find a full list of the workshops offered at www.editors.ca/branches/ncr/in-house-seminars.

Here’s wishing you a happy and productive 2015!

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