Volunteers needed for blue pencil sessions Reply

By Shelagh Jamieson, Communications & Social Media Chair

Volunteers needed!

For the first time, Editors BC is collaborating with the Vancouver Public Library (VPL) to offer a series of free Blue Pencil editing consultations to the public as part of VPL’s fall programming. We are very excited about this opportunity to get some mainstream exposure for Editors BC and are looking for volunteer editors to participate. It’s also a great opportunity for editors to connect with potential clients.

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September 16, 2015: Welcome back wine and cheese Reply

What: Editors BC monthly meeting
When: Wednesday, September 16, 2015, 7:00–9:00 pm
Where: Welch Room, 4th floor, YWCA Health + Fitness Centre, 535 Hornby Street, Vancouver | map
Cost: Free!

Getting to know each other better
Come on out to get to know your Editors Canada/Editors BC colleagues better! We’re all editors, but our backgrounds are diverse. Did you know that we have published authors, engineers, trained historians, and world travellers among us? Come ready to share your stories, and enjoy wine and snacks as we kick off our 2015–16 season.

Special season-opener: Members, non-members, and students all attend free of charge.

Bonus! Enter the draw at the meeting for free admission to one of Editors BC’s professional development seminars.

No Editors’ Pub Night
Because of the wine and cheese social, there will be no pub night before the September meeting. The Elephant & Castle gatherings will start up again in October.

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September 26, 2015: Creating compelling Web content with Lisa Manfield Reply

What: Editors BC professional development seminar
When: Saturday, September 26, 2015, 9:00 am–4:00 pm
Where: Segal Building, Simon Fraser University, 500 Granville Street, Vancouver | map

As Web readers become more and more difficult to attract — and keep — on your website, how can today’s Web editors ensure that their digital content engages online audiences? Effective Web editing comes down to three key strategies — understanding Web readers, knowing enough about search optimization to ensure copy is found, and making the most of social media sharing.

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A tribute to John Eerkes-Medrano 1

By Nancy Flight

Editors and writers across the country were saddened to learn of the death of long-time EAC member John Eerkes-Medrano, on June 15, at the age of 64. Born in Groningen, the Netherlands, he spent his early years in Edmonton and later worked in Toronto and then Victoria.

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Transcribe and discover First World War diaries and letters 4

Written by Stephanie Warner; copy edited by Michael Ferreira

Are you curious about others’ lives?

Can you read old handwriting?

Do you have good attention to detail?

Do you want to make history more accessible?

If you answered “yes,” then the Royal BC Museum’s Transcribe project is for you!

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Panelists needed for Word Vancouver Reply

By Shelagh Jamieson, Communications & Social Media Chair

Volunteers needed!

EAC-BC will be participating in Word Vancouver again this year. In addition to having a booth, we will be sponsoring a one-hour panel discussion on editing as a career. We need 4–5 volunteers to sit on the panel. We are looking for editors working in diverse fields and environments: freelance, in-house, traditional and self-publishing, academic, corporate, government, etc. Whatever your area of specialization, if you are comfortable talking about what you do and how you came to be there, and then answering some questions from the public, please contact bccsm@editors.ca by July 8, 2015. Please include a brief description of the kind of editing you do, to help us with the selection process.

The event will take place on Sunday, September 27 (time TBD), at the Vancouver Public Library downtown. This is a great opportunity to encourage people to consider a career in editing and to join EAC. You will also benefit from the chance to network, meet potential clients, have some fun, and check out Word Vancouver.

Word Vancouver is Western Canada’s largest celebration of literacy and reading. The festival promotes books and authors with workshops, free exhibits, performances, and hands-on activities for a wide range of ages and interests. More info on Word Vancouver is available at wordvancouver.ca.

EAC-BC is a volunteer-based organization, and without your help, we can’t promote our craft. Please consider volunteering an hour of your time at this popular event.