February 21, 2015: Eight-Step Editing with Jim Taylor Reply

What: EAC-BC professional development seminar
When: Saturday, February 21, 2015, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Where: Renaissance Vancouver Harbourside Hotel, 1133 W Hastings Street | map

Whether you’re a novice or a seasoned editor, a would-be writer or a supervisor of others’ writing, this course will help you make your words work better.

Using a step-by-step process, the program identifies the most common factors that become obstacles for readers. It not only helps recognize the problems, it shows quick and simple techniques for fixing them. Professional editors tend to make these corrections intuitively. Eight-Step Editing helps them ensure they haven’t overlooked some crucial readability factor in their zeal to track down spelling or punctuation inconsistencies. Novice editors often suffer from paralysis. Eight-Step Editing gives them a starting point that doesn’t depend on subjective assessments of a manuscript’s worth. Freelance writers can use the Eight-Step process to improve their own materials before submission, enhancing their chances of acceptance. Business writers, trapped in traditional formulas from the filing cabinet, will benefit from a fresh vision for writing prose that can persuade and motivate. At the same time, supervisors and administrators who approve letters and reports will understand better what to look for.

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Event review: Beyond Track Changes 1

Written by Amy Haagsma; copy edited by Meagan Kus

Review of seminar Beyond Track Changes with Iva Cheung, Grace Yaginuma, and Ann-Marie Metten (offered by EAC-BC on November 29, 2014).

For most editors, the majority of our onscreen editing is done using Microsoft Word. For many of us, it’s a love–hate relationship: we’ve learned to live with (or work around) the “features” we dislike.

EAC-BC’s November seminar, Beyond Track Changes, promised to help us get the most out of Word, tame its most irritating features, and work more efficiently, as well as to demystify advanced features like wildcard searches and macros. Naturally, the seminar sold out quickly!

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Event review: Advanced Proofreading with Ruth Wilson Reply

Written by Roma Ilnyckyj; copy edited by Karen Marshall

Review of seminar Advanced Proofreading with Ruth Wilson (offered by EAC-BC on September 20, 2014)

Ruth Wilson’s advanced proofreading workshop was exactly what I had expected: fun, loaded with information, and the quickest six hours you could hope for when you’re indoors and just steps from the Seawall on a sunny late-September day (see photo). As an editor who is not quite a beginner but also not sitting on years of experience, I found this workshop a perfect match for my needs. Although you can’t become an advanced proofreader in one day, this seminar taught me three things that I can actively work on in my quest to become one.

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EAC-BC seminar: March 29, 2014 Reply

If you’re new to editing or looking to brush up your substantive editing skills, this is the seminar for you: a full day in Victoria on March 29th with Yvonne van Ruskenveld on the ins and outs of stylistic and structural editing. Book before March 8th to get the early bird rate.

  • What: Structural + Stylistic = Substantive Editing with Yvonne Van Ruskenveld
  • When: 09h00–16h00, March 29, 2014
  • Location: Room C112 David Strong Building, 3800 Finnerty Road, University of Victoria, Victoria
  • Cost: Members, $120 (before March 8th) & $140 after; Non-members, $180 (before March 8th) & $200 after
  • Register (closes March 21st)

For anyone who’s attending and would like to write a review for WCE, please contact Kerry or Anastasia at westcoasteditor(at)editors(dot).ca.

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