We are very pleased to welcome Editors BC’s newest members and student affiliates.
Susan Grant More…
When you began as an editor, did you have great editors who showed you the ropes? Have you helped new editors with their editing and career questions? Mentoring can be a formal or informal relationship that helps newcomers to our profession hone their skills and make positive career moves. Building on a successful mentoring program in the Toronto branch and an inspiring session at last spring’s global conference, Editors Canada has struck a mentoring program task force to establish a national mentoring program. The task force is looking for seasoned editors who have taken formal or informal mentoring roles, as well as those with expertise in professional development and learning, to work toward this goal.
If you’re interested in joining the task force, please respond to the task force leader, Carolyn Brown, by January 4, 2016.
By Erin Parker
We’re thrilled to announce that Caroline Adderson will be teaching Editors BC’s January seminar, Editing Fiction! Caroline is the acclaimed author of four novels (A History of Forgetting, Sitting Practice, The Sky Is Falling, Ellen in Pieces), two collections of short stories (Bad Imaginings, Pleased to Meet You), and many books for young readers. She also teaches in SFU’s Writing and Publishing Program. In this hands-on workshop, Caroline will share valuable techniques to help editors collaborate effectively with writers and bring out the best in their fiction manuscripts.
Erin Parker, a member of Editors BC’s professional development committee, recently had a conversation with Caroline about her writing journey, some of the biggest mistakes editors and authors can make when they start working together, and her appreciation of good books and savvy editors who take their writers out to lunch.
Have you recently completed a project that you found particularly noteworthy or challenging?
Share your experience with fellow editors!
Editors BC is hosting An Evening of Show and Tell at our February 17, 2016, meeting, and we’re looking for people to participate. Contribute to an exciting conversation about the many aspects of working as an editor by sharing a little bit about one of your projects. Big or small, dull or quirky—we want to hear about it!
If you’re interested in participating, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Written by Eric Damer; copy edited by Karen Barry
Review of seminar Stylistic Editing: Beyond the Basics with Nancy Flight (offered by Editors BC on October 31, 2015)
When the manuscript you’re editing has sound structure, good grammar, and perfect punctuation, is there anything left to fix? If the manuscript remains awkward, dull, or confusing, then perhaps it is time for some stylistic editing. Our “Halloween” workshop on October 31 with Nancy Flight explored ways to “clarify meaning, improve flow, and smooth language.”
Written by Lynn Slobogian; copy edited by Erin Parker
Barb Adamski, a freelance writer and editor for over a decade, will be teaching Editors BC’s November seminar, Freelance Editing 101. The seminar will cover what to consider before setting up shop; how to find and keep good clients; and the benefits, pitfalls, and not-so-fun (yet necessary!) aspects of freelancing.
Lynn Slobogian, Editors BC’s professional development chair, recently chatted with Barb about her path into freelance editing, how the profession might evolve over the next 10 years, and overcoming some of the challenges new freelance editors face. More…