EAC: National e-news update, February 12, 2013

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

In this issue:

1. CLAUDETTE UPTON SCHOLARSHIP: Application deadline March 1
2. CONFERENCE 2013: Registration opens February 21
3. CERTIFICATION: Ontario government agency recognizes EAC Certification
4. TWIGS: New KWG and PEG events
5. BLOG: Subscribe to The Editors’ Weekly
6. MEMBER NEWS: A round of applause!
7. GET INVOLVED: Editing Canadian English volunteers wanted
8. TRAINING AND DEVELOPMENT: Emily Dockrill Jones appointed committee chair
9. EXTERNAL LIAISON: 2013 PWAC Writing and Editor of the Year Awards

1. CLAUDETTE UPTON SCHOLARSHIP: Application deadline March 1

The deadline for applications for the Claudette Upton Scholarship is fast approaching! Student members of EAC are invited to submit their application by Friday, March 1.

This is a $1,000 scholarship to help support continuing professional development in editing. Established in 2009, the award is named in memory of EAC honorary life member Claudette Reed Upton-Keeley. For application instructions and more information about the scholarship, visit the Claudette Upton Scholarship page or contact EAC’s national office at claudetteuptonscholarship@editors.ca.

Applicants must be current student members of EAC. If you know a student who does not belong to the Editors’ Association of Canada and who would be interested in this opportunity, please pass this message along and encourage them to join EAC. A discounted rate is offered for student membership. Learn more about the benefits of EAC membership.

2. CONFERENCE 2013: Registration opens February 21

The countdown to Conference 2013 is on! Preparations are well underway for Between the Lines/Entre les lignes, which takes place June 7–9 at the Lord Nelson Hotel in Halifax.

Registration opens on February 21. Be sure to register early! Early-bird discounts are in effect for EAC members, but only until April 12. Visit the conference website often for all the latest news.

This will be EAC’s first conference held east of Quebec. Those of you from Atlantic Canada, or who have spent some time there, know what a wonderful and historic part of Canada it is. The rest of you will certainly know that too, after attending the 2013 conference and experiencing down-east hospitality.

The program will be as full as ever, with pre-conference workshops, a number of simultaneous presentation streams (including French-language presentations), reception, banquet, awards and much socializing.

We are especially pleased to be joined by the Indexing Society of Canada, who will host their annual conference with us in Halifax.

Porter Airlines discount for Conference 2013

EAC has scored an extra-special deal on Porter Airlines flights to and from Halifax for our conference. Conference attendees can enjoy a 15% discount on all available Porter fares, including base fares and promotion fares (such as seat sales). The offer is good through June 12, 2013.

Location: from anywhere Porter flies in Canada or US to Halifax   
Dates of travel: from June 4 to 9, 2013

Location: from Halifax to anywhere in Canada or US Porter flies
Dates of travel: from June 7 to 12, 2013

Use promo code EDITOR when booking online at www.flyporter.com or through your travel agent.

For more information on travel, visit the conference website.

Join the conference conversation

Follow us on our social media channels for all the latest news and tidbits about the Halifax 2013 conference!

Editors’ Association of Canada (Facebook)
@eac_acr (Twitter)
@eacconference (Twitter)

3. CERTIFICATION: Ontario government agency recognizes EAC Certification

If you’re in the job market, you’ve probably noticed that an increasing number of employers and clients are recognizing the validity of EAC Certification when hiring editors. Recently, Health Quality Ontario (HQO)—an agency funded by the Government of Ontario through the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care—listed certification by the Editors’ Association of Canada as “desirable” in its posting for a medical editor.

This comes as no surprise to us. EAC developed its certification program to promote and maintain high professional standards of editing, to help editors develop professionally and to enhance the status of editing as a profession in Canada. EAC’s credentials in Proofreading, Copy Editing, Stylistic Editing, and Structural Editing—or all four, the Certified Professional Editor designation—constitute the only program in the world that evaluates editors’ excellence. If you’re looking for a concrete way to assess your abilities, strengthen your qualifications and market your skills, EAC Certification is key.

Learn more about EAC Certification.

Study early!

Registration for EAC’s 2013 certification tests in Copy Editing and Stylistic Editing will open in July, but you can do yourself a favour by getting a head start on studying. Check out EAC’s updated and revised publications, which are designed to help you on the path to excellence.

Certification Study Guides

EAC’s study guides are the primary resources for anyone who wants to become a certified editor. Whether you use the guides for independent study or in a workshop setting, you will learn more about the knowledge, skills and judgment required to earn your EAC Certification credentials. Available for purchase now.

Meeting Professional Editorial Standards

Whether you’re learning the craft of editing or you’re an established professional looking to broaden your knowledge, this second edition, four-volume self-teaching and self-testing package is a must-have for any editor’s bookshelf. Volumes of Meeting Professional Editorial Standards have been adopted as course texts by Ryerson University (Toronto) and Mount Royal University (Calgary). Available for purchase now.

Update on agrément

We’re looking for member volunteers to serve on the agrément/principes committee to begin the work necessary to create agrément, EAC’s French-language certification program, Some experienced francophone volunteers have already expressed their interest and work will begin soon. Would you like to join this group? Contact EAC’s director of francophone affairs, Sandra Gravel, for information about the responsibilities of this new committee.

4. TWIGS: New KWG and PEG events


The Kitchener-Waterloo-Guelph twig (KWG) in Ontario welcomes back Elizabeth d’Anjou this spring for her seminar Smooth Sailing: Keeping Your Freelance Editing Business Pleasurable and Profitable, to be held at the main branch of the Guelph Public Library on Saturday, April 6. For complete details and to register, visit the KWG twig website.


EAC’s newest twig, the Peterborough Editors Group (PEG), is pleased to announce its regular meeting time.

Date:Every second Thursday of the month (first meeting February 14, 2013)
Time:7:30 p.m.
Place:Jackson Creek Retirement Home
Activity Room, 1st floor
481 Reid Street
Peterborough ON K9H 7R9
Parking available. Coffee and tea provided!

Thanks to Carol V. for the suggestion of a locale. PEG welcomes new twig members Charise Arscott and Kathy White, both professional working editors with loads of experience.

5. BLOG: Subscribe to The Editors’ Weekly

January was a lively month on EAC’s new blog, The Editors’ Weekly. In case you missed out, here’s what happened (most recent posts first):

  • Are book editors an endangered species? (Nancy Flight)
  • Rising Above the Plateau: Mid-career PD for editors (Kristina Lundberg)
  • Gettable Grammar: Less is more, not fewer (Karen Virag)
  • The Inner Editor: Reflections on editing as mindful practice (Virginia Durksen)
  • New words, old words, shy words, bold words (Victoria Neufeldt)

Check the blog every Tuesday for new posts.

You can now subscribe to The Editors’ Weekly blog posts via RSS feed or email. For RSS, click on the orange icon (right column, fourth symbol, under Follow Us Online). For email, click on *Follow in the black box at the bottom right corner of your browser screen.

6. MEMBER NEWS: A round of applause!

Paul Cipywnyk, BC branch, received a Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for his volunteer work with the Byrne Creek Streamkeepers Society in Burnaby, BC. Paul, who describes himself as “an accidental environmentalist,” thanks his parents for teaching him about “the ethic of citizenship as community service.”

Kristina Lundberg, Prairie Provinces branch, wrote an entry for EAC’s new blog that appeared on the Facebook page of the Society for Editors and Proofreaders (SfEP). Kristina’s piece, “Rising above the plateau: Mid-career PD for editors,” was posted on January 22, 2013.

Rosemary Shipton, Toronto branch, edited Solar Dance by Modris Eckstein (Knopf Canada, 2012). With Rosemary’s able assistance, the author has won the BC National Award for Canadian Non-Fiction, valued at $40,000. This book was also short-listed for the Hilary Weston Prize.

EAC Member News is where we share information about EACers who win awards, publish books and make their mark on the communications world in other important ways. Do you have a recent achievement? Let EAC help tell the world about it on EAC’s Member News page. If you have member news to share, drop us a line at membernews@editors.ca.

7. GET INVOLVED: Editing Canadian English volunteers wanted

Background: The publications committee is currently facilitating the creation of Editing Canadian English 3. The content will not be delivered in print form, but as an online bank of information/service to which Canadian editors and communicators could subscribe. In creating this, we want to build the most efficient and functional product we can (within our budget, of course).

What we are looking for: We would like some experienced EAC member volunteers to help us research how online subscription services like that of the Chicago Manual of Style deliver content. This would involve perusing online style guides (e.g., CMoS, APA, MLA) to see how they work, then giving feedback to the publications committee about how well the site(s) are structured and organized and how easy it is to navigate them.

The volunteers should be experienced editors who know how to navigate information websites (e.g., the CMoS database) to determine major functionalities needed for ECE III Online. If you’re interested, contact the production editor, Carolyn Pisani.

8. TRAINING AND DEVELOPMENT: Emily Dockrill Jones appointed committee chair

The national executive council is pleased to announce the appointment of Emily Dockrill Jones as chair of the national training and development committee.

Emily is a freelance writer and editor with expertise in websites, social media, corporate communications (brochures, newsletters) and educational materials. She has worked as a teacher and instructional designer, and offers a series of popular seminars on writing and editing for the Web and using social media. In 2010, she founded Page&Screen Communications, and in 2011, began teaching at George Brown College. Emily is currently a co-coordinator of the KWG twig. All EAC members interested in assisting Emily with her committee’s work should email training_and_dev@editors.ca.

9. EXTERNAL LIAISON: 2013 PWAC Writing and Editor of the Year Awards

The 2013 PWAC Writing and Editor of the Year Awards are now open for submissions. Visit the PWAC awards page to review more detailed criteria and submission/nomination procedures for:

  • Features Writing Award
  • Short Articles Writing Award
  • Editor of the Year Award

Writing Awards are open to both PWAC members and non-members. The first-place winner receives $500 and, if eligible, a free one-year PWAC membership. Submissions must be mailed to the PWAC National Office, 215 Spadina Avenue, Suite 130, Toronto, ON, M5T 2C7. Deadline: entries must be received by February 28, 2013.

Nominations for the Editor of the Year Award should be emailed to info@pwac.ca with the subject line “Editor Award 2013.” Only PWAC members in good standing can nominate an editor, but nominated editors can be PWAC members or not. Deadline: nominations must be received by March 22, 2013.

Any questions? Contact Margaret DeRosia, PWAC General Manager at info@pwac.ca.

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