EAC: National e-news update, April 14, 2011

News, events, tips and updates for members of the Editors’ Association of Canada

Dear member,

With the annual general meeting fast approaching, you’ll hear a lot about the benefits of volunteering for EAC. This should come as no surprise because volunteering is the backbone of the association. From providing leadership for the association to authoring essential books and newsletters, developing EAC’s landmark certification program and organizing the annual conference, member volunteers are driving the association forward, helping editors develop professionally and enhancing the status of editing as a profession in Canada.

What’s more, member volunteers develop their own skills, enhancing their resumés and portfolios.

In this edition of the e-news update, we’ll explore some of the ways you can get involved to get ahead.

In this issue:

1. CONFERENCE 2011: Calling all bloggers and tweeters!
2. PRESIDENT’S AWARD: Looking for EAC’s stellar volunteers
3. NOMINATIONS: Call for national executive council and committee chair candidates
4. ACTIVE VOICE: Writers wanted
5. MEMBER NEWS: A round of applause!
6. ODE: Your online brag sheet
7. OOPS AWARDS: There’s still time to send us your best bumbles and gaffes

1. CONFERENCE 2011: Calling all bloggers and tweeters!

Did you know that Conference 2011—Editing in the Age of e-Everything is on LinkedInFacebook and Twitter?

In the spirit of this year’s theme, we’d like to create a real social media buzz around the conference this spring in Vancouver. We encourage members who are active bloggers and tweeters to help us spread the word about the conference. If you are interested, please contact conference communications co-chair Wael Elazab at conf2011.twitter@editors.ca.

Feel free to bring your “e-everything” tools, such as laptops, netbooks and iPhones to the conference to participate in live tweeting or blogging throughout the weekend.

Registration nearing capacity!

We’re delighted to report that registration for Editing in the Age of e-Everything (SFU Vancouver, May 27–29) is going strong! So strong, in fact, that we’re quickly approaching venue capacity. Registration closes on May 20, so be sure to register soon to avoid disappointment!

We’ve had terrific feedback about this year’s conference lineup. Registrants can look forward to an incredible range of sessions (from workshops to panel discussions and one-on-one mentoring) and expert speakers from EAC and the public, private, entrepreneurial and academic sectors.

Be sure to visit Editing in the Age of e-Everything online for everything you’ll need to plan your conference experience. You can check the weekend’s line-up by theme, by date and time, and at a glance.
You’ll also find information on accommodations and travel, sightseeing in Vancouver and the popular Conference Buddies program.

We look forward to seeing you in Vancouver!

2. PRESIDENT’S AWARD: Looking for EAC’s stellar volunteers

Do you know an outstanding member volunteer? Perhaps it’s someone who has made a tremendous impact on the association or inspired others. Nominate them for EAC’s President’s Award for Volunteer Service!

Recipients of the President’s Award will receive personalized commemorative certificates, be honoured at a presentation ceremony at the annual conference, be featured in Active Voice and on the EAC website, appear in the annual report above the list of volunteers, and receive a congratulatory letter from the EAC president. One outstanding volunteer will be selected from the nominees to be honoured as the Lee d’Anjou Volunteer of the Year.

To nominate a member for the President’s Award, send EAC a letter (200 to 500 words) describing the extraordinary volunteer service provided by the candidate. The letter must be signed by a minimum of three EAC members in good standing. For complete submission guidelines, please visit the President’s Award page.

The deadline for nominations is April 15.

3. NOMINATIONS: Call for national executive council and committee chair candidates

The 2011 EAC Nominating Committee is looking for strong and enthusiastic members to lead our 2011–12 national executive council and national committees.

By getting involved, you can

  • enhance your resumé and portfolio,
  • develop and apply professional skills in an area of special interest,
  • make valuable professional contacts,
  • work with other editors from across the country,
  • raise the profile of your colleagues and your profession, and
  • have fun!

If you have leadership skills and the desire to make a difference, visit EAC’s Volunteer Opportunities page to find out what’s available and download the nomination form. The deadline for nominations is May 2.

4. ACTIVE VOICE: Writers wanted

Want your own byline? Write for the association’s national newsletter, Active Voice! The Active Voice editors are seeking submissions for the fall 2011 issue. Post-conference pieces are welcome. If you’re interested in writing for a national newsletter that is published in print (print run 2,000 issues) and online three times a year, email the editors at active_voice@editors.ca with your article ideas. Articles are due July 1.

5. MEMBER NEWS: A round of applause!

Kudos to BC branch member Frank Chow, who copy edited The Aquaculture Controversy in Canada: Activism, Policy, and Contested Science by sociologists Nathan Young and Ralph Matthews. The book was recently awarded the 2011 K.D. Srivastava Prize for Excellence in Scholarly Publishing. The prize is given each year by the Publications Board of UBC Press to the author(s) of a work of outstanding scholarly quality published by the Press in the previous year.

A book indexed by Prairie Provinces branch member Judy Dunlop has been shortlisted for the Writers Guild of Alberta’s Wilfrid Eggleston Award for Nonfiction: Prodigal Daughter: A Journey to Byzantium by Myrna Kostash (University of Alberta Press). The awards will be announced on June 11 at a gala event in Calgary.

Adrienne Montgomerie, a member of the Kingston twig and an EAC speaker, has been invited to speak at the Thousand Islands Writers’ Festival in Brockville, Ontario, on May 7 on “Finding a Good Editor—and Why You Need One.” Fellow Kingston twig member Sheelagh Frame will talk about editing in academia. The event is being organized by another Kingston twig member, Chris Stesky.

Congratulations to NCR branch member Suzanne Nussey, who was one of three winners of Event magazine’s 2010 Non-Fiction Contest. Her essay, “Sleep, Mother and Child,” is featured in the magazine’s most recent issue.

Prairie Provinces branch member Marguerite Watson has been shortlisted for the Writers Guild of Alberta’s 2011 Jon Whyte Memorial Essay Prize for her essay “Closer to the Bone.” Marguerite was also shortlisted for the WGA’s James H. Gray Award for Short Nonfiction in 2010 for an essay entitled “What Grows in the Soil.”

If you have news to share on EAC’s Member News page, contact member news coordinator, Marguerite Watson.

6. ODE: Your online brag sheet

If you have a profile in EAC’s Online Directory of Editors (ODE), don’t forget to keep it up to date. Including your volunteer work tells potential employers you’re an active, well-rounded editor who is committed to professional development and to promoting and maintaining high professional standards of editing in Canada.

Don’t have a profile in the ODE yet? Visit the Members’ Area to learn more about purchasing a profile in the official advertising directory of association members.

7. OOPS AWARDS: There’s still time to send us your best bumbles and gaffes

The winning entry in the Signs of the Times category of last year’s Oops Awards unwittingly encouraged the unfortunate users of this public bathroom not to use toilet paper.

Help us find this year’s most giggle-worthy blunders by submitting your entries for the 2011 Oops Awards! James Harbeck will present the winning entries during the awards banquet of the 2011 conference in Vancouver.

The deadline for submissions is April 25. Visit the Oops Awards page for submission instructions and more entry guidelines.

Online voting for your favourite blunders begins May 5!

The EAC national e-news update is produced on behalf of the national executive council by the national office.

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