Author: Editors Canada Ottawa-Gatineau Branch

2017-2018 Seminar Overview by Elaine Vininsky

We’re excited to announce the seminar lineup for another season at Editors Ottawa–Gatineau.

Just like one stretches before exercising or warms up before the cardio in a fitness class, the 10-seminar season starts on September 21 with a good grammar warm-up and with Graham Young at the helm of Grammar and Punctuation.  Last year’s seminar evaluation sheets indicated a strong demand for Substantive and Stylistic Editing, so we’re bringing back these two seminars on October 16 and December 12, respectively.  On November 8, Moira White returns to teach Writing and Editing for the Web. Creating a House Style with Elizabeth Macfie is offered on November 30.

Elizabeth Macfie and Moira White will ring in 2018 together, co-presenting Copy Editing II: Judgment Calls and Added Value on January 11.  We are pleased to offer a French seminar this year: on January 31, Louise Brunette of the University of Ottawa will teach Révision de textes unilingues et bilingues. On Saturday, February 24, Christine LeBlanc leads two half-day seminars:  Starting a Freelance Career and Social Media Marketing. The latter course is a more advanced version of her previous Social Media seminar. As the weather warms up, we’ll have Practical Proofreading on March 15 and conclude the season on April 10, 2018, with 8-Step Editing.

Past seminar participants will be happy to learn that our host hotel, the Capital Suites, has changed the modem (routers) in the meeting rooms to improve the Wi-Fi.

Please visit the Editors Ottawa–Gatineau seminars web page < www.editors.ca/local-groups/ottawa-gatineau/seminars-ottawa-gatineau > for complete details.

Speed mentoring sessions available—deadline extended

Editors Ottawa–Gatineau will close out its season May 17 with its annual general meeting, followed by a couple of rounds of speed mentoring.

Get expert advice and fresh perspectives from our Seven Sages on your editing business or career. Whether you’re just starting out, changing the focus of your career or wanting to discuss specific editing challenges with a peer who’s been there, the Sages will have…advice.

You’ll need to make a reservation, though, by emailing Tom Vradenburg by Tuesday, May 16. State your preference for up to three Sages—we’ll do what we can to match you up, according to demand. Each session will last 15 minutes.

The Seven Sages and their specialties are:

Laura Byrne Paquet: freelancing, copy editing, proofreading, government work, journalism, travel writing, genre fiction writing and editing, social history writing, blogging, teaching

Moira White: teaching editing and writing, building a diversified business, substantive editing, copy editing, plain language editing and writing, government reports

Elizabeth Macfie: copy editing, stylistic editing, proofreading, comparative reading of translations, training (groups and one-on-one coaching), style guide development, business networking, indexing, conference session delivery

Christine LeBlanc (Dossier Communications): marketing (for your clients and yourself), social media, event promotion, integrated communication strategies, project management (ranging from textbooks to journals), freelancing, editing and writing

Marion Soublière: winning Government of Canada contracts, writing and editing for the federal government (web writing, and plain language writing and editing), social media, copy editing, proofreading

Beverly Ensom: copy editing, proofreading, freelancing, prep for certification, transition from in-house to freelance, government work, House of Commons work

Carolyn Brown: scientific and medical editing and writing, managerial positions in editing, making the move to freelancing, money management, teaching and public speaking, stylistic editing, certification

Annual General Meeting

We will start the evening with our annual general meeting, which will include a recap of this year’s highlights, as well as elections for next year’s Executive.

Wednesday, May 17, 6:30 pm

Christ Church Cathedral, 414 Queen St., Lackey Room, 6:30 p.m.

Free for members; $10 for non-members

MARCH SPEAKER NIGHT – STACEY ATKINSON ON SELF-PUBLISHING

Speaker Nights March 15How to self-publish a book

Stacey Atkinson is a freelance writer and editor based in Ottawa. In 2012, she began Mirror Image Publishing as a way to self-publish her first novel, Stuck. She learned so much along the way, especially when it came to publishing and marketing a book, that she began offering advice and services to other independent authors. In 2016, she self-published her second novel, Letters from Labrador.

After self-publishing two books and working primarily as an editor of self-published fiction and nonfiction, Stacey took what she had learned and developed an online course on how to publish a book.

At this event, Stacey will explain her ten-step process and answer your questions about self-publishing. She’ll also be asking people to share their own self-publishing stories.

Christ Church Cathedral, 414 Queen St., Lackey Room, 6:30 p.m.
Free for members; $10 for non-members

 

Meet the Instructor: Electronic Editing for Editors by Cécile Dubois

Cecile Dubois

Are your Electronic Editing skills up to par?

Microsoft Word is ubiquitous. Whether or not it is the primary word processing tool for your work, as a writer and editor, your co-workers and clients generally expect you to be highly proficient. Are you?  We asked Cécile Dubois, who will be leading the Electronic Editing seminar on Friday, March 24th 2017, to tell us a little bit about what to expect.

Q. Who would benefit from taking this seminar?

A. This seminar is targeted for intermediate users who wish to become more efficient with Word, or as a refresher for those who haven’t used Word for a while and want to become familiar with changes and new features in different versions. This session takes you out of the work environment and gives you an opportunity to sharpen your skills.

Q. Is it possible to get though the seminar without a laptop?

A. It would be best to have a laptop to be able to do the exercises along with me. People learn much better by doing than by watching, but a laptop is not absolutely obligatory. I strongly recommend bringing one with MS Word 2010, 2013, or 2016.

Q. How will what I learn be relevant to my work?

A. When we work, we usually use the same familiar set of features that we know well, but we do not always have the time (or the need) to discover what other toolsets are available. We will cover many tips and tricks to make you more efficient and a power user!

Q. What if I have some specific questions or needs?

A. I try to make sure that everyone leaves the seminar feeling more competent and confident about using Word. The seminar is interactive, and I will try to make sure your questions and needs are answered.

Cécile Dubois has six years of experience as a software instructor. She is a creative professional who conveys a high level of preparation and enthusiasm to the classroom and to her relationships with her students. This is her first time delivering  Electronic Editing for Editors Ottawa-Gatineau.

Register at www.editors.ca/local-groups/ottawa-gatineau/electronic-editing 

 

 

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February Speakers Night – Beverly Ensom

The spoken word becomes a written report

Hansard is the written record of what is said in the House of Commons. Most people think it’s verbatim—and it is, except when it’s not.

Beverly Ensom is a member of the House of Commons team that gently edits Hansard and the similar record of parliamentary committees. She will describe the process of producing these records and the editing decisions that have to be made; and she’ll give some examples of wording that had to be handled with care (although “fuddle-duddle” was before her time).

Christ Church Cathedral, Lackey Room, 414 Queen St., 6:30 p.m.
Free for members, $10 for non-members

January Speakers Night – Author Denise Chong

Ottawa-Gatineau Editors Speakers Night is very excited to begin the new year with a presentation by the author Denise Chong.

Denise lives in Ottawa and has written four books of literary non-fiction; the bestselling The Concubines Children (now a Penguin Classic), The Girl in the Picture: The Kim Phuc Story (Viking Press), Egg on Mao: The Story of an Ordinary Man Who Defaced an Icon and Unmasked a Dictatorship (Random House), and Lives of the Family: Stories of Fate and Circumstance (Random House).

She has become “renowned as a writer and commentator on Canadian history and on the family,” (The Canadian Encyclopedia) because of her in-depth research and focus on the multiculturalism of Canadian identity. In 2013 she was awarded the Order of Canada for her “books that help to raise our social consciousness.” (Order of Canada)

Denise will be speaking about the process of interviewing people and gathering personal information when writing memoirs, and the author’s relationship with an editor when working together on the often tragic, personal and intimate stories of people’s lives.

Ottawa-Gatineau Editors Speakers Nights are open to everyone. Admission for non-members of Editors Canada is $10.

When: Wednesday 18 January 2017 6.30 – 8.00pm

Where: Lackey Room, Christ Church Cathedral, 414 Sparks St, Ottawa, ON K1R 0B3. Free onsite parking.

 

Holiday Reading List by Sara Caverly

 

Just for fun, we asked local authors, editors, publishers, and constant readers what books they plan to savour this holiday. As someone who knows the joys and compulsions of the written word, we hope you’ll relish the opportunity to get a peak into the personal bookshelves of our extended community.

Katherine Barber, former Editor-in-Chief, Canadian Oxford Dictionary

  • Gordon, Alan. The Moneylender of Toulouse: A Fools’ Guild Mystery. New York: St. Martin’s Press, 2008.
  • Mahoux, Bernard. La malédiction des Trencavel. 1, Adélaïs, comtesse de Toulouse. Paris: Pocket, 2005.
  • Turner, Ralph. Eleanor of Aquitaine: Queen of France, Queen of England. New Haven: Yale University Press, 2009.

Guy Berthiaume, Librarian and Archivist of Canada

  • Backman, Fredrik . A man called Ove. New York: Atria Books, 2014.
  • Camilleri, Andrea. A voice in the night. New York: Penguin Books, 2016.
  • Gray, Charlotte. The Promise of Canada: 150 Years—People and Ideas That Have Shaped Our Country. Toronto: Simon & Schuster Canada, 2016.

Sue Carter, Editor, Quill & Quire

  • Donlon, Denise. Fearless as Possible (under the Circumstances). Toronto: Anansi, 2016.
  • Ferrante, Elena. The Story of the Lost Child. New York: Europa Editions, 2015.
  • Gay, Roxane. Difficult Women. New York: Grove Press, 2017.
  • Kraus, Chris. I Love Dick. Los Angeles: Semiotext(e), 2006.
  • Levy, Deborah. Hot Milk. New York: Bloomsbury, 2016.

Denise Chong, best-selling author

  • Coates, Ta-Nehisi. Between the World and Me. New York: Spiegel & Grau, 2015.
  • Kingsolver, Barbara. Flight Behavior. Toronto: HarperCollins Canada, 2012.
  • Vance, J.D. Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of A Family and Culture in Crisis. New York: Harper, 2016.

George Elliott Clarke, Canadian Parliamentary Poet Laureate

  • Garcia Marquez, Gabriel. Memories of My Melancholy Whores. New York: Knopf, 2005.
  • Smith, Joseph. The Book of Mormon..

Elizabeth Hay, Giller Prize-winning author

  • Knausgård, Karl Ove. My Struggle. Brooklyn, New York: Archipelago Books, 2012.

Elaine Gold, Director, Canadian Language Museum

  • Awad, Mona. 13 ways of looking at a Fat Girl. Toronto: Penguin, 2016.
  • Leroux, Catherine. The Party Wall. Windsor, Ontario: Biblioasis, 2016.

Lara Mainville, Director, University of Ottawa Press

  • Barbeau-Lavalette, Anaïs. La femme qui fuit. Montréal: Éditions Marchand de feuilles, 2015.
  • Kerouac, Jack. On the road. New York: Penguin Books, 1955.
  • Thien, Madeleine. Do Not Say We Have Nothing: A Novel. Toronto: Alfred A. Knopf Canada, 2016.

Kate Malloy, Editor, The Hill Times 

  • Boyden, Joseph. Wenjack. Toronto: Hamish Hamilton, 2016.
  • Gray, Charlotte. The Promise of Canada: 150 Years—People and Ideas That Have Shaped Our Country. Toronto: Simon & Schuster Canada, 2016.
  • Nguyen, Viet Thanh. The Sympathizer. New York: Grove Press, 2015.
  • Robinson, Marilynne. Gilead. Toronto : HarperCollins, 2004.

Danielle McDonald, CEO, Ottawa Public Library

  • Balducci, David. No Man’s Land: John Puller Series. New York: Grand Central Publishing, 2016.
  • Brown, Sandra. Unspeakable. New York: Grand Central Publishing, 2016.
  • Coben, Harlen. Home. New York: Dutton, 2016.
  • Cook, Tim. Fight to the Finish: Canadians in the Second World War, 1944-1945. Toronto: Penguin Canada, 2016.

Yasmin Nissim, Editor, Apt613

  • Krampus: The Yule Lord. New York: Harper Voyager, 2012.
  • Weeks, Brent. The Way of Shadows. New York: Orbit, 2008.

Hon. André Pratte, Canadian Senator, former editor-in-chief, La Presse

  • Songs Upon the Rivers: The Buried History of the French-Speaking Canadiens and Métis from the Great Lakes and the Mississippi across to the Pacific. Montreal, Baraka Books, 2016.