EAC: National e-news update, April 20, 2015

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

In this issue:

1. CONFERENCE: Some popular conference options are back!
2. VOLUNTEER OF THE MONTH: Christine Beevis Trickett
3. PARL: Learn about French-language certification
4. INVEST IN YOURSELF: Certification contributes to your professional development
5. PUBLICATIONS: Have you subscribed to Editing Canadian English?
6. TWIG NEWS: Get the latest from the Calgary twig
7. MEMBER NEWS: A round of applause!
8. EXTERNAL LIAISON: Event news from like organizations
9. NATIONAL OFFICE: EAC seeks new executive director

1. CONFERENCE: Some popular conference options are back!

Editors are a multifaceted and multitalented bunch. We bead, we draw, we write poetry, we design games, we train dragons, we quilt, we market skincare products, we massage. And this year we can do it internationally. Set up your shingle and offer your wares at the Editing Goes Global vendor fair. For more information, please email Breanne MacDonald.

Looking for expert advice or fresh perspectives from experienced editors? Then speed mentoring is for you. This year we’re also introducing speed networking. Stay tuned for more information about our mentoring sessions.

What would an EAC conference be without buddies? We’re guessing not nearly as much fun. Luckily, the conference buddies program is back, matching editors into small groups according to areas of interest. During the conference, buddies can get together at the beginning of the day, at breaks and lunches, at social events—whatever works for the group. If you’d like to be in a conference buddies group, email Xina Brousalis and include “Conference buddies” in the subject line.

Join your conference buddies and other editors Thursday evening for dinner at a restaurant near the conference venue. Details to follow, but mark your calendar now!

Register this month to save up to $100

Looking for Editing Goes Global discounts? Advanced-rate registration is open, but only until April 30. Visit www.EditingGoesGlobal.ca to register and to learn about travel and accommodation deals.

If there’s one EAC conference every editor or writer should attend, it’s Editing Goes Global. There may never be a better networking opportunity than this.

2. VOLUNTEER OF THE MONTH: Christine Beevis Trickett

Headshot of Christine Beevis Trickett

Christine Beevis Trickett has volunteered with EAC for a number of years and has been a member since 2001. She has been named volunteer of the month for her part in founding the Calgary twig. As co-coordinator, Christine connects with local members to promote the association’s newest twig and has assisted with the logistics of getting the twig set up. Prior to this, Christine was a founding member, co-coordinator and professional development coordinator for EAC’s Nova Scotia twig.

Professionally, Christine values her position as manager, editorial services for the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC), which, she says, “perfectly marries my lifelong interest in using words to share stories about nature and the environment.” Christine is responsible for website and blog content, assists with website redesign, edits and proofreads newsletters, develops content for the NCC’s annual series in The Globe and Mail, and produces the NCC’s annual report, among many other varied tasks.

“No two days are alike,” she explains. “I count myself fortunate to be working with talented and intelligent colleagues, for an organization that does meaningful work.”

The Volunteer of the Month highlights the dedicated people who keep EAC going. Volunteers are the backbone of EAC. We are grateful for the many members and affiliates who answer the call when help is needed. Visit the Members’ Area for more information about actively participating in EAC.

3. PARL: Learn about French-language certification

The Programme d’agrément en révision linguistique – Réviseurs Canada (PARL) web pages will launch in May.

The Comité Agrément/Principes (CAP) will hold information sessions about PARL in Quebec City and Montreal this June. CAP chair Sandra Gravel will also lead a session at the Editing Goes Global conference to discuss the new Principes directeurs en révision professionelle (the association’s French-language editorial standards) and PARL. These are great opportunities to learn more and to meet some of the CAP members.

For questions or comments, or to get involved, contact Sandra Gravel.

4. INVEST IN YOURSELF: Certification contributes to your professional development

Did you know that studying for EAC’s certification exams can help you identify and fill gaps in your skill set? The tests assess expertise across publishing and many other disciplines, so preparing for them affords even seasoned editors the opportunity to learn something new.

The exams are designed to test Professional Editorial Standards. Think of PES as a checklist. Which standards describe your strengths? Which ones contain the skills you want to develop? If you’re a freelancer, which standards outline the services you want to offer? Your answers will serve as your road map for further study.

Another surefire way to identify areas for development is by working through the practice exams in the certification study guides, and timing yourself to simulate the test-taking experience. Which questions stumped you? Perhaps read up on the topic or find more opportunities to practise in that area.

The copy editing and stylistic exams will be offered this November (proofreading and structural editing will be offered again in 2016). You can broaden your knowledge and take the tests to evaluate your abilities. Make certification a professional development goal this year!

5. PUBLICATIONS: Have you subscribed to Editing Canadian English?

Cover of Editing Canadian English: A Guide for Editors, Writers, and Everyone Who Works With Words (3rd Edition) by Editors' Association of Canada

When is it appropriate to adapt Canadian words that an international audience might stumble over? How do you work with French text in English documents? What punctuation issues are specific to Canada?

Find answers to these questions and many more in the just-released third edition of Editing Canadian English. For just $25/year for EAC members and affiliates, you’ll have up-to-date answers at your fingertips. To get the discount, visit EditingCanadianEnglish.ca and use the membership code MoreThanMeetsTheEh.

6. TWIG NEWS: Get the latest from the Calgary twig

Looking for news and updates about the recently formed Calgary twig? Sign up for the Calgary twig email forum.

Twig coordinators are planning a social in the coming weeks, as well as a late summer/early fall workshop. Sign up for the email forum today for all the exciting twig news, to connect with other local members, post updates and job opportunities, and more!

Wondering what’s happening in your neck of the woods? Visit your branch or twig page to find out about events in your area.

7. MEMBER NEWS: A round of applause!

QAC branch member Cendrine Audet will launch her book, Les tableaux vivants, on Friday, May 1. The launch party will take place from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., in the picturesque setting of Domaine des 3 Moulins in Neuville, QC. Cendrine has been a linguistic editor for more than 20 years. Les tableaux vivants, published by Éditions GID, is her first novel. Art plays a special role in this detective story, which features social, cultural and environmental aspects and is set against the backdrops of Quebec City and the beautiful village of Neuville.

“Culture and Conflict: Canadian vs. American Science Fiction,” an article by Prairie Provinces branch member Robert Runté was published by WarpWorld on March 30 as part of its “Cultural Clashes” series.

Do you have a recent achievement? Let EAC tell the world about it on the member news page. If you have member news to share, drop our member news coordinator a line.

8. EXTERNAL LIAISON: Event news from like organizations

Association of Registered Graphic Designers panel discussion

Logo for Future By Design

May 5: The Future of Human-Centred Design

Venues: KingstonLondonMontrealOshawaOttawaTorontoVancouver 

This discussion will explore how design and creative work can be used to craft solutions for social problems and accelerate widespread change.

Panelists include:

  • Hannah Kreiswirth, Creative Director at Purpose
  • Marc O’Brien, Design Strategist, Creative Facilitator and Design Educator
  • Jason Ulaszek, Founder, UX for Good

Click here to learn more and register.


Manitoba Editors’ Association conference

Mark your calendar!

We are delighted to announce the 50 Shades of Publishing conference, a follow-up to the spectacular publishing conference from 2011.

The really exciting news this year is that the partner groups have subsidized the event so we’re able to offer a full day of valuable insights from experts in the field for an incredibly low price. Details on the speakers and sessions will come soon. Here’s what we can tell you so far:

Date: Saturday, May 9
Registration: Visit the conference web page
Time: Sign in at 8:30, conference runs from 9-4
Place: Frank R. Schultz lecture theatre at St. John’s College, U. of M (wheelchair accessible)
Parking: Free on campus on Saturdays (unless otherwise marked)
Food: Lunch, coffee, and snacks included in the price
Extras: Those who register before April 30 will be eligible to apply for a 15-minute session with a writing coach; bring 2 pages (500 words) with you to your appointment (bookings will be first come, first served). There will also be prize draws from the conference partners and from the vendors.
Price: Regular: $50; Student: $25

Don’t let your lack of industry knowledge tie up your masterpiece!

Partner groups: Association of Manitoba Book Publishers, Writers’ Collective of Manitoba, Society for Technical Communication, Manitoba Writers’ Guild, and Editors’ Association of Canada.


Indexing Society of Canada conference

Registration is now open! All are welcome to The Business of Indexing: Doing it Right, the annual conference of the Indexing Society of Canada/Société canadienne d’indexation (ISC/SCI) in Victoria, BC, on May 28 and 29, 2015.

Ten consecutive sessions and an engaging lineup of speakers—including keynote speaker Sylvia Coates—will guide you on the path to make the most your indexing business.

Covering topics from marketing plans to ethical indexing, professional standards to cross-border indexing, and freelance risk reduction to maximizing your working hours, the conference is sure to have something to boost your career. 

Meet informally on the evening of May 27 at Swans, a local brew pub, and on May 28 dine at the annual banquet in the Legislative Dining Room of Victoria’s historic Parliament Buildings.

Early-bird pricing is in effect until April 22, so book now! Follow us on LinkedInTwitter and Pinterest.

See you in Victoria.

9. NATIONAL OFFICE: EAC seeks new executive director

EAC is seeking a national executive director. The executive director reports to the human resources committee to assist the national executive council in achieving the association’s mission and objectives in a consistent and timely manner. He or she manages the association office and staff; administers the national finances, programs and projects; contracts with suppliers; and provides administrative support for the work of national committees and a dozen local groups across Canada. Location: Toronto.

For more information about the job description, qualifications and expectations, please refer to the Careers page.

Please note that as a matter of policy, national office staff may not hold membership in the association. Interested applicants are invited to send a cover letter and resumé by email to hrcommitteechair@editors.ca. The application deadline is April 30, 2015, at 3 p.m., EDT.

We thank all applicants for their interest; however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted. No telephone inquiries, please.

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

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