MEET THE INSTRUCTOR – COPY EDITING I

Moira White

Moira Rayner White entered the work world as a social worker and later moved into social policy. In both professions, she found that her organizational skills, attention to detail, and love of words were pointing her in a new direction—the world of editing. Currently a freelance editor, writer, and trainer with both public and private sector clients, she has decades of experience editing print and electronic publications. Moira has volunteered at both the local (seminar chair and branch chair of the National Capital Region Branch) and national (branch rep, president, and past president) levels for the Editors’ Association of Canada.

Registration for Moira’s Copy Editing I seminar closes on January 19. She will introduce participants to some of the perennial problem topics that copy editors face such as

  • spelling: determining capitalization and hyphenation; forming compounds; choosing American, British, or Canadian variants
  • grammar: ensuring subject–verb and pronoun–antecedent agreement; avoiding dangling or misplaced modifiers; maintaining parallel structure
  • punctuation: clarifying meaning; dealing with hyphen and dash difficulties; determining whether punctuation goes inside or outside quotation marks
  • word usage: sidestepping commonly misused words; avoiding noun strings; eliminating redundancies
  • mechanics of style: using or creating a style sheet to maintain consistency; dealing with abbreviations, acronyms, and initialisms; knowing when to italicize

This is a learn-by-doing seminar with many exercises to illustrate the content.

When: Thursday, January 22, 2015

Where: Capital Hill Hotel, 88 Albert St., Ottawa

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