In-house editors face unique challenges and have equally unique opportunities. This page gathers together a number of resources to help you navigate your work with confidence.
Editors Canada Resources
Editors Canada presents webinars and publishes articles and blog posts on diverse topics of interest to in-house editors, which have been compiled for your convenience.
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The compilation is constantly being updated and improved. If you have any suggestions, please contact the member services committee.
Every in-house environment is unique and we have a lot to teach each other. The following resources provide opportunities to share knowledge and best practices. If you would like to add to these resources or have ideas for new resources, please contact the member services committee.
Style Guide Case Studies
Creating an in-house style guide is a big undertaking. How do you go about it? What should you include? We are collecting case studies from members about how they handled the challenge. The case studies appear in a Google folder at the link below. To write a case study, please use the Guidelines for Style Guide Case Studies. We encourage you to add your story.
Bibliography With Annotations
This bibliography is a collection of books, articles, and other resources editors have found helpful in their personal and professional development and when working with authors. New items are added regularly. We encourage you to share your favourites.
Benefits of Editors Canada Membership for In-House Editors
Many organizations have money set aside for memberships in professional organizations and for professional development. Here are some resources in-house editors can use to make a case for their employers to pay for their membership, training and conference attendance. You are free to use these verbatim, without copyright concern.
Membership in Editors Canada lets you connect with other editors via monthly meetings, the annual general meeting and online discussion forums. Connecting with other editors is important because that is how editors learn new concepts, stay on top of innovations and solve editing issues.
Being a member also provides you with discounts on Editors Canada professional development seminars and webinars. These seminars and webinars are the best available editing courses in the country.
Members also receive discounts on reference books, such as Editing Canadian English 3. Membership would also give you access to the members-only area of the Editors Canada website, which has information on editing and editing resources that are not available to non-members.
Editors Canada offers professional training to writers and editors. Any training on the mechanics of editing will be done in adherence with the association’s Professional Editorial Standards (which are recognized around the world as being top-notch).
This means that the training will be
- up to date,
- authentic, and
- high quality.
The prices for Editors Canada seminars and webinars are very competitive, and as a member, you get a discount.
Attending the Annual Editors Canada Conference
Attending an Editors Canada conference has a higher return on investment than most traditional in-class training.
- Two days of intensive (one-hour) sessions on editing and related fields (plain language, accessibility, technical, social media, communications, translation issues).
- Two days of conversations with other editors and language professionals (so we will all learn things). Reading and course work cannot replace those conversations. They are often more valuable than in-class time.
- About 250 editors from across Canada and beyond attend each year.
- Connections help when we need information about writing and editing topics.
- They also help when we need information about people or organizations.
- Having a network means that we can find experts easily when we need them (for when people at work have questions that we don’t know the answer to).
- If you work in the federal government, you can reference the Blueprint 2020 pillar: Open and Networked.
- One of the main purposes of such a conference is to network and be part of a large community of practice. Blueprint 2020 recognizes the value of networking with peers outside of government and outside of Canada.
- If it’s in your city, the only fee is the registration fee.
- It’s on a weekend, so no lost work days unless you need to travel to the conference.