2017–18 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.

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Winter 2017 Seminar Season by Elaine Vininsky

We are in the second half of the seminar season and first up this winter is Stylistic Editing on Monday, January 23, 2017. It is interesting to note that Editors Canada will be having a Stylistic Editing certification exam in the fall of 2017. Accordingly, Instructor Carolyn Brown will provide those who want to do the exam with a rundown of the Professional Editorial Standards to orient them. She emphasizes that her course will also be useful for those who do stylistic editing as part of their day-to-day work, whether or not they wish to try the exam.

Graham Young gets to celebrate Valentine’s Day when he teaches Plain Language. “The most powerful language is also the simplest, he says.  “When each word has a clear meaning and purpose, readers can move easily through a text and focus on its message. Unfortunately, much writing today is needlessly bureaucratic and difficult to read…This seminar will help you overcome these pitfalls and create documents that say what they mean—efficiently.”

Moira White and Beth Macfie will team teach Copy Editing II on Wednesday, March 8, 2017. They have subtitled this seminar Judgement Calls and Added Value, and they aim to help registrants gain the expertise and experience necessary to make more complicated decisions about and contribute more value to each project.

We have a new instructor this year for Electronic Editing, offered on Friday, March 24.       Cecile Dubois has six years of experience as a software trainer and has worked as a corporate trainer and manager. “She is a creative professional with an outgoing, passionate and natural ability for management/motivating/instructing different personalities and building relationships”. You’ll hear more about her in a future Capital Letters blog.

We’ll be enjoying the third week of spring when Laurel Hyatt steps up to teach Editing Government Reports on Tuesday, April 11, 2017. Her seminar will aim to demystify the process of breaking into this large market—from the legislative requirements that start the ball rolling, to the sign-off before publication.

Speaking of signing-off, Eight-Step Editing will close the seminar season on Tuesday,         April 25, 2017. I often refer to this seminar as the “workhorse” of all the courses in our inventory because of its inherent practicality. When I first took the course, I well remember Jim Taylor, who originated the seminar saying that if you were severely pressed for time, using the eight simple steps to go over a document would clean it up nicely. Since then, Moira White has taken over the course and updated the material.

You can register for any of these full-day seminars at the following website: http://www.editors.ca/branches/ottawa-gatineau/seminars

Meet the Instructor – Electronic Editing

Graham Young

Graham Young is an independent writer, trainer and communications consultant with more than 30 years’ experience helping business and government clients communicate at work. It is not an understatement to say that he can compose anything. He writes web content, annual reports, brochures, promotional flyers, data sheets, case studies, white papers, sales letters, advertorials, magazine and newsletter articles, news releases and speeches. Since 2000, he 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.

Electronic Editing, offered on February 26, will allow you to take advantage of all the editing “horsepower” that Microsoft Word has to offer. Among other on-line editing topics, participants will become more confident with track-changes and compare-document tools and increase their proficiency at managing and merging changes by several reviewers. To sign up, go to https://www.gifttool.com/registrar/ShowEventDetails?ID=29&EID=20352. Registration closes on February 18. Bring a version of Word 2010, a laptop and an AC cord.

Meet the Instructor – Plain Language: Building Results

Graham Young

Graham Young is an independent writer, trainer and communications consultant with more than 30 years’ experience helping business and government clients communicate at work. It is not an understatement to say that he can compose anything. He writes web content, annual reports, brochures, promotional flyers, data sheets, case studies, white papers, sales letters, advertorials, magazine and newsletter articles, news releases and speeches. Since 2000, he 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.

The most powerful language is also the simplest. When each word has a clear meaning and purpose, readers can move easily through a text and focus on its message. Unfortunately, much writing today is needlessly bureaucratic and difficult to read. The challenges include poor organization, wordiness, jargon and poor page design. Plain Language: Building Results will help you overcome these pitfalls and create documents that say what they mean—efficiently. Throughout the day, individual and group exercises will give you a chance to apply plain language to real-life passages. Whether you’re a seasoned editor looking to affirm your approach or a newcomer eager to jumpstart your career, Plain Language: Building Results will help you achieve your writing goals.

To sign up, go to https://www.gifttool.com/registrar/ShowEventDetails?ID=29&EID=20352. Registration closes on October 23, 2015.

Fall 2015 Seminars by Elaine Vininsky, Seminar Chair

Things are busy as the National Capital Region Branch is offering six seminars this fall. First up at bat is writer and Certified Professional Editor Frances Peck with two courses. Secrets of Syntax will help you become more adept at manipulating word order—or syntax—to improve prose. Grammar Boot Camp focuses on high-level grammar errors— the ones that make it past editors and proofreaders and into print.  Frances is always up for a challenge, and invites participants to bring along any difficult examples they’ve encountered in their work. These courses are offered back-to-back on Wednesday, September 30 and Thursday, October 1.

Creating a House Style is next, on Friday, October 23. Elizabeth Macfie is an EAC-certified copy editor, stylistic editor and proofreader. Though dictionaries and style manuals provide answers and rules, there is often more than one way to write. Accordingly, every organization should have a house style, as it offers consistency and saves editing time.

Plain Language: Building Results will help you create documents that say what they mean—efficiently. Instructor Graham Young is an independent writer, trainer, and communications  consultant with more than 30 years’ experience in helping business and government clients communicate at work. He’ll be giving this seminar on Thursday, October 29.

We’ve listened to those who’ve been requesting more business-oriented courses, and have engaged Adrienne Montgomerie to teach Marketing for Freelance Editors. Adrienne is a certified copy editor and an educational editor with more than 180 titles and 18 years of experience. She’ll suggest ideas of how to market to your clients, whether they are publishers, businesses, or authors. This half-day seminar is offered on Tuesday, November 10.

Carolyn Brown offers Editing Scientific Papers and Reports on Wednesday, November 25. Carolyn is a Certified Professional Editor and accredited Editor in the Life Sciences, and is a scientific and medical publishing consultant for two of Canada’s two largest scientific publishers. In this seminar, editors will learn how to help researchers communicate clearly and effectively to their peers and the greater community.

All seminars will be held at Capital Hill Hotel & Suites, 88 Albert St., Ottawa, ON K1P 5E9.

Click here to register for any of these exciting fall seminars.

WORKSHOPS TO PUT SPRING IN YOUR STEP

With the persistent cold weather, it’s hard to believe it’s officially spring in Ottawa. Why not brighten up your spring with an editing workshop by one of our fabulous instructors? Read on to find out what the National Capital Region branch has to offer this spring.

Eight-Step Editing: Eight-Step Editing is perhaps the most practical of all the workshops in our canon. It takes the skills that are second nature to many professional editors and breaks them into a sequence of tasks that will improve the readability of the final product. If you’re an editor, whatever your experience level, this seminar will help you develop a systematic approach to editing and identify functions you may have been performing only intuitively. If you’re a writer, the Eight-Step process will give you techniques for improving your manuscript before it goes to an editor. Instructor Moira White is a freelance editor, writer and trainer with both public and private sector clients. Don’t dally in registering as this seminar, offered on Thursday, March 26, is filling up quickly.

Starting a Freelance Career: Being a freelancer is much more than working in your pyjamas. For the privilege of setting your own hours, you also have to be your own boss, the marketing department, the sales team, the office manager, the bookkeeper, as well as the employee. Learn how to get started as a freelancer in this seminar, which outlines the basic steps to your dream job. It will be held on the morning of Friday, April 17. Instructor Christine Leblanc—who started her own business 10 years ago, after spending the previous decade in publishing—is ready to guide you through the maze.

Social Media 101: Social media can—and should—be an important part of your networking and marketing efforts to further your career. It can also help you develop your skills as an editor. In this afternoon seminar, you’ll learn the fundamentals of social media, especially LinkedIn, Twitter, and Facebook, and how to make them work for you. Explore why and when you should use each channel both for yourself and for your employer or clients. Christine Leblanc will be giving this workshop on Friday, April 17.

Editing Charts: If a picture is worth a 1,000 words, then a data chart must be worth at least 100. Knowing how to edit charts in order to use them to their full advantage will increase your value to your employer and clients. In this workshop scheduled for Wednesday, April 29, instructor Laurel Hyatt will show you how to transform a chart from a head-scratcher into a head-turner. Whether you just want to boost your chart-editing competence or become a guru, this seminar will change the way you look at charts. Come learn from an expert who has been a journalist, writer and editor for more than 28 years!

How to Deliver Effective Presentations: The seminar begins by teaching you how to both tailor the content for your audience and convey this information confidently. Next, you’ll learn how to put together effective PowerPoint presentations. And then you’ll deliver these presentations to a friendly audience—your peers and the instructor. You leave not only with videos of your efforts but also with helpful feedback on your delivery style. Instructor Graham Young is a business trainer with more than 30 years’ experience helping business and government clients communicate at work. He’ll lead this final seminar of the season on Thursday, May 14.

MEET THE INSTRUCTOR – ELECTRONIC EDITING

Graham Young

Graham Young is an independent writer, trainer and communications consultant with more than 30 years’ experience helping business and government clients communicate at work. It is not an understatement to say that he can compose anything. He writes web content, annual reports, brochures, promotional flyers, data sheets, case studies, white papers, sales letters, advertorials, magazine and newsletter articles, news releases and speeches. Since 2000, he 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.

Electronic Editing, offered on February 27, will allow you to take advantage of all the editing “horsepower” that Microsoft Word has to offer. Among other on-line editing topics, participants will become more confident with track-changes and compare-document tools and increase their proficiency at managing and merging changes by several reviewers. To sign up, go to http://www.editors.ca/members/connect/events/2014-06-06/electronic-editing. Registration closes on February 22. Bring a version of Word 2010, a laptop and an AC cord.

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!