January 18, 2017: A behind-the-scenes look at the Blue Pencil Reply

What: Editors BC monthly meeting
When: Wednesday, January 18, 2017, 7:00 pm (program begins at 7:30 pm)
Where: Welch Room, 4th floor, YWCA Health + Fitness Centre, 535 Hornby Street, Vancouver | map
Cost: Free for Editors Canada members, $10 for non-members, and $5 for students with valid ID. Registration at the door.

Since 2015, Editors BC has partnered with the Vancouver Public Library to offer Blue Pencil consults, in which volunteer editors meet briefly with writers to offer feedback on writing samples. A Blue Pencil session is a valuable experience for editor and writer alike, but it can also be intimidating to those unfamiliar with the process or unsure about how to approach it. A panel of experienced Blue Pencil editors will share their experience, offer tips, and help demystify this unique opportunity to engage with authors one-on-one and develop your editing skills while providing a valuable service to the local writing community.

January 28, 2017: Business planning your way to success and Finding and managing good clients with Heidi Turner Reply

On January 28, Editors British Columbia presents two related half-day seminars for editors and writers. Heidi Turner will offer practical advice and tools for the business of freelancing from two different angles: using a business plan, and building and maintaining a client base.

Participants can register for each session individually or for both at a reduced rate.

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Editors’ holiday gift guide 2016 2

Compiled by Amy Haagsma; proofread by Maggie Clark

It’s that time of year again, so with the help of the Editors BC executive, West Coast Editor presents our 2016 gift guide! Here you’ll find a few things that the editors in your life might enjoy. (Psst…it’s okay if that’s you.)
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New seminar rates for student affiliates Reply

Student affiliates of Editors BC now have even more to look forward to! The BC branch is proud to announce new student-affiliate rates for its professional development seminars.

During a review of the registration fees for 2017, the branch created a new category for student affiliates, who can now access full-day workshops for $100 and half-day workshops for $70. It’s one of many benefits available to you at Editors BC.

Join our great community through Editors Canada’s student affiliate program.

November 16, 2016: The Art of Editing Poetry: A Conversation with Shazia Hafiz Ramji Reply

What: Editors BC monthly meeting
When: Wednesday, November 16, 2016, 7:00 pm (program begins at 7:30 pm)
Where: Welch Room, 4th floor, YWCA Health + Fitness Centre, 535 Hornby Street, Vancouver | map
Cost: Free for Editors Canada members, $10 for non-members, and $5 for students with valid ID. Registration at the door.

All editors must consider the needs of the writer, the reader, and the publisher or client when working on material, but this can be a particularly delicate balancing act for the poetry editor. What is considered? How does the editor navigate issues of poetic licence or the idiosyncratic use of writing mechanics? What are the desirable characteristics of a poetry editor, and what is happening in this publishing sector? Join us for a stimulating conversation about these and other topics as Talonbooks poetry editor and poet Shazia Hafiz Ramji speaks to moderator Lana Okerlund.

Shazia Hafiz Ramji is the poetry editor at Talonbooks and an interviews editor at Canadian Women in the Literary Arts, and she co-edited the “Intersections” issue of Poetry Is Dead magazine. Her poetry has been nominated for the 2016 National Magazine Awards and is forthcoming in The Capilano Review and the “Augmented Reality” special issue of Letters to the Editors. Shazia’s chapbook of poetry will be published by Anstruther Press in 2017, and her first book of poems will be out with Talonbooks in 2018.