EAC: National e-news update, March 19, 2009

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

In this issue:

1. CONFERENCE: Early-bird deadline fast approaching
3. CONNECT WITH MEMBERS: Activate your Membership List profile today
4. BUILD YOUR SKILLS: Volunteer for EAC

1. CONFERENCE: Early-bird deadline fast approaching

Now’s the time to register for EAC’s 30th anniversary conference! As an EAC member, you can register at a special early-bird discount—but only until Friday, April 3.

The 30th anniversary conference takes place June 5–7 at the 89 Chestnut Conference Centre in Toronto and offers something for everyone.

If you’re looking for a great mix of professional development and career advancement opportunities, business and pleasure, education and entertainment, and knowledge and networking, we invite you to join us as we celebrate EAC’s 30th anniversary.

LISTEN to keynote speaker Nora Young, trend-watcher and host of CBC Radio’s Spark.

PARTICIPATE in sessions on wikis and blogs, the evolution of language and running a profitable business.

CONGRATULATE the winner of the Tom Fairley Award for Editorial Excellence at the conference banquet.

NETWORK with your fellow members and editors from across the country.

JOIN experienced editors at the Senior Editors’ Roundtable. Space is limited.

ATTEND the panel discussions and closing plenary to discuss the future of publishing and EAC.

Conference details, including online registration and detailed session descriptions, are available on the conference website.

Don’t delay: register for Conference 2009 by April 3 to save $80 off the conference registration fee.

NEW! Toronto’s Poet Laureate to speak at conference banquet

We’re pleased to announce that Toronto’s Poet Laureate Pier Giorgio Di Cicco will be guest speaker at the conference banquet. This prolific writer has authored 20 volumes of poetry since 1976. In 2004 he was the Emilio Goggio Visiting Professor in Italian Studies at the University of Toronto. In that same year, he was appointed Poet Laureate of the City of Toronto and his book, The Dark Time of Angels, was nominated for the Trillium Book Award. Di Cicco’s inspirations on building the creative capacity of cities have made him a sought-after urban consultant, and his contributions to the mayor’s Roundtable on the Arts and Culture have been widely publicized. Di Cicco is also curator of the Toronto Museum Project and Global Centre for Cities.

Headshot of Pier Giorgio Di Cicco


Last month EAC surveyed members about the revised draft of Professional Editorial Standards (PES). In all, 54 replied, though some skipped questions. Most respondents (87%) had more than five years of experience, and most were freelance (70%). Respondents worked on all types of materials.

The survey suggested solid support for the new standards. Answers to the main questions:

1. Is the overall structure and organization of the document logical and coherent?
Yes: 49   No: 0

2. Do the five parts of the document align well with the main competencies of editing?
Yes: 47  No: 2

3. Is the introduction to the standards clear and comprehensive?
Yes: 47  No: 2

4. Does the overall content of the standards accurately reflect the core knowledge and skills of professional editing, regardless of genre or medium?
Yes: 48  No: 1

5. Generally speaking, does the draft PES accomplish its goal of listing the standards that enable an editor to do a professional job with a minimum of supervision?
Yes: 49  No: 0

The Professional Standards Committee has made final revisions to PES based on members’ comments, most of which concerned the new Part A, The Fundamentals of Editing.

Up next? Voting members will be asked to ratify the standards. Watch for your ballot in April.

3. CONNECT WITH MEMBERS: Activate your Membership List profile today

EAC’s new Membership List is here! Have you activated your Membership List profile yet? Don’t delay! Activate your profile to start connecting with your fellow members today.

Visit the Membership List FAQ for step-by-step activation instructions.

Remember, the Membership List is an opt-in service for EAC members. There is no cost for members to search or be included in the Membership List. The Membership List is only accessible to EAC members, not to the public.

4. BUILD YOUR SKILLS: Volunteer for EAC

Looking for great professional development opportunities? Want to build a stronger professional network, better strategies for your own editing work and increased work opportunities? Consider volunteering for EAC. Volunteering is a benefit of EAC membership, and it’s the backbone of the association. Committee chairs and members are needed at the national and branch levels. Whether you’re experienced or want to learn more, EAC needs your support.

Check out the association opportunitiesnational executive council and national committee chairs pages on the website for more information. Or, if you’re not sure where to start, contact EAC’s executive director Carolyn L Burke.


If you or someone you know is interested in an excellent marketing investment that will allow you to reach a national audience of your peers, consider becoming a sponsor of the 30th anniversary conference. Benefits of sponsorship include prominent advertising in EAC’s publications, the opportunity to place your logo on conference bags and the association website and, of course, promotion at the conference. For complete details on the available levels of sponsorship, contact EAC’s professional development coordinator Helena Aalto.

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

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