National e-news update, September 28, 2023

News, events, tips and updates from Editors Canada

In this issue:

1. WEBINARS: Brand-new webinars for the back-to-school season
2. PROFESSIONAL CERTIFICATION: Show the world you’re at the top of your editing game
3. FIND WORK: Have you checked the national job board lately?
4. GET INVOLVED: Benefits of volunteering
5. SHOWCASE YOURSELF: You can be the next volunteer host on Editors Canada’s LinkedIn page
6. MEMBER NEWS: A round of applause!
7. NEC: Notes from your national executive council

1. WEBINARS: Brand-new webinars for the back-to-school season

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Back-to-school season is here! It’s the perfect time of year to learn something new. And Editors Canada makes that easy and convenient, with a brand-new lineup of training webinars that you can enjoy from home at a 40% member discount. Check out these sessions coming up in October:

See the full list of upcoming sessions on our webinars page.

Show your employer that you’re invested in developing your craft

Are you an in-house editor looking for professional development? Webinars offer invaluable training your employer should know about. You can share this email template with your employer, outlining the skills you can build with Editors Canada webinars.

Volunteer with us

Interested in becoming part of the action? We’re looking for social media volunteers to promote our webinar series. Email for more information.

2. PROFESSIONAL CERTIFICATION: Show the world you’re at the top of your editing game

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Don’t miss your chance to showcase your editing skills! Registration for the 2023 professional certification exams is now open!

Editors Canada Professional Certification enables editors to find new opportunities and demonstrate to employers and clients that they provide immense value.

2023 exam info

Exams offered:

  • Structural Editing
  • Proofreading

Exam date:

  • Structural Editing: Saturday, November 18, 2023, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., local time
  • Proofreading: Saturday, November 18, 2023, 2 p.m. to 5 p.m., local time

Electronic exams

Editors Canada Professional Certification exams are fully electronic. The 2023 Structural Editing and Proofreading exams will both be written onscreen. The Structural Editing exam will be on Microsoft Word. The Proofreading exam will be on PDF, which can be edited with Adobe Acrobat Reader DC (available for free) or other Adobe tools.

Both exams offered on a remote basis only

Once again, Editors Canada will not arrange in-person examination sites in 2023.

Professional recognition

By passing one of the 2023 professional certification exams, you will be recognized as a Certified Structural Editor or Certified Proofreader.

If you’re pursuing the full certification of Certified Professional Editor (CPE), this may be the year to complete your CPE designation.

How to prepare

Already registered? It’s time to start studying! Visit the Preparing for Certification page for resources to help you get ready.

On your marks, get set, register!

If you’re certification-ready, today is the day to take the first step toward the recognition you deserve. Get the gold standard of editing. Register for Editors Canada Professional Certification today.

3. FIND WORK: Have you checked the national job board lately?

Your next editing gig could be just a click away! The Editors Canada national job board is where you’ll find notices of full-time, part-time and freelance opportunities for members across the country.

Over the summer, the board featured listings for the following positions:

  • Copy editor (short-term contract)
  • Réviseurs pigistes
  • Science editors needed! – Research journals (remote)
  • Proofreader
  • Editorial team lead
  • Editor
  • Tutor for legal editing
  • Freelance book editor (remote)

New ads are posted as the national office receives them. Application deadlines can be tight, so it pays to check often! Looking for more Editors Canada employment resources? Check out the Find work section in the members’ area.

Do you know someone looking to hire an editor? Encourage them to post their ad free of charge on the national job board to reach editors across Canada. Instructions for submitting an ad can be found in the Hire section of our website.

4. GET INVOLVED: Benefits of volunteering

Volunteering for Editors Canada helps our association, but there are benefits for you too!

  • Volunteering will help you develop skills that can contribute to your career. Some of the skills that volunteering can give you or help you improve include editing, writing, communications, interpersonal skills, leadership skills, and organizational abilities.
  • If you’re new to editing, volunteering can help you explore and learn about this profession.
  • Volunteering is a great way to network with members of the association and may lead you to opportunities to expand your editing business.
  • If you work from home, volunteering can provide you with much-needed social time and allow you to learn from others.
  • Volunteering is a way to give back to the association and can give you a sense of accomplishment.

There are many volunteer roles to choose from. So select an activity that will provide you with the skills, experiences, and opportunities you want to gain.

To find a volunteer opportunity or register to volunteer, please go to our VolunteerConnect directory.

5. SHOWCASE YOURSELF: You can be the next volunteer host on Editors Canada’s LinkedIn page

You may have seen on LinkedIn that the marketing and communications committee has started a new initiative: LinkedIn Hosting.

What is the hosting initiative?

This month, Editors Toronto Katherine Morton is the volunteer host for the Editors Canada LinkedIn page. The host creates engaging posts about language and editing, freelancing and other topics related to the association.

What’s in it for the volunteer hosts?

Volunteer hosts feature themselves on the Editor Canada LinkedIn page. This is a great opportunity to showcase your skills, promote yourself, and increase your visibility as an editor and a member of Editors Canada.

How long does hosting last?

The volunteer host creates content and posts on the Editors Canada LinkedIn page for one month.

Are there guidelines for the initiative?

Volunteer hosts receive a Host Guide with basic rules and tips for on-brand, professional content posting, and access to a branded image library.

How do I sign up?

Email Tali Ijack to express your interest in becoming a host. Please include the month that you’d like to host the Editors Canada LinkedIn page.

6. MEMBER NEWS: A round of applause!

Editors Toronto member Jahleen Turnbull-Sousa’s poem “La Cocina” won 8th place in its category in the Writer’s Digest 92nd Annual Writing Competition.

Editors Canada Member News is where we share information about members and affiliates who win awards, publish books and make their mark in other important ways.

Do you have an achievement you’d like to share? Are you excited about a new project or opportunity that has come your way? Let us tell the world all about it! Please send your stories to the member news coordinator.

7. NEC: Notes from your national executive council

I hope you all enjoyed a fabulous and safe summer in whichever part of the country you live!

Although the national executive council (NEC) does not meet during the summer months, the committees and task forces have been hard at work preparing for a busy fall. This fall, we look forward to an exciting line-up of webinars, the professional certification exams, and, of course, the much-anticipated launch of the new Editors Canada website.

The NEC met again on September 10. A recap of the meeting will be included in the October e-news. As a reminder, meeting agendas are posted to the website in advance of each meeting. Meeting agendas include the Zoom meeting information, and members are welcome to join and observe the meetings.

Maria Frank

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

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