Twig Talk – December 2021

TWIG NEWS

  • A warm welcome to our newest members, Lesley Carson in Hubbards, NS, and Stephanie Moise, who has transferred to Halifax from the Ottawa-Gatineau branch.
  • A warm and very appreciative welcome to our new twig co-chair, Heather White. Heather is also a recent newcomer to the twig and has an extensive background in magazine editing. She kindly agreed to step into the role so that Sandy Newton could “retire.” After seven years as coordinator of the former Newfoundland twig and a co-chair of the fledgling Atlantic twig, Sandy is ready for a break. Many thanks to Sandy for her great ideas, enthusiasm and competence!
  • Twig website update: The twig website committee (Sue MacLeod, Alex Peace, Molly Rookwood, Patti Simmons and Andrew Wetmore) has engaged the services of Atlantic-based web developer/designer Marsha Amanova of Rising Tide Creative, to begin work on the twig website in January 2022. In light of anticipated changes to Editors Canada’s national website, the work will entail amalgamating information from the NS and NL websites and developing a searchable list of Editors Canada editors in the Atlantic region.

SOCIAL EVENTS

  • It was great to virtually share a libation and chit-chat with the dozen or so members who came to the online seasonal social Wednesday, December 8.
  • The Wolfville-area members met for lunch on Tuesday, December 14 at Troy restaurant for “pleasant conversation and a modicum of professional development.”

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

  • Back by popular demand! On Friday, January 21, 2022, reps from the Canada Revenue Agency will be reprising their presentation on tax tips for sole proprietors and small businesses. The presentation will be held on Microsoft Teams from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm. To RSVP and receive the link to the presentation, e-mail us at atlantic@editors.ca.
  • We’re always looking ahead to planning sessions for 2022, so let us know what you’d like to see and any ideas you have for events and presentations. We aim to have at least one offering per month.

NATIONAL NEWS

  • As of March 1, 2022, membership fees will be increasing, but they are very small increases, ranging from $1 for student affiliates to $11.50 for two-year memberships.
  • Members now have free access to the Oxford Reference Online Premium Collection by logging on to the Editors Canada website.
  • There is still opportunity to volunteer for the 2022 national conference, May 27–29. This will be an in-person/online hybrid event, with the in-person events taking place in Edmonton. Find out how to get involved.

Has anyone achieved certification or received recognition or published a book? Shoot us an e-mail with announcements to share. We want to hear from you.

Keep an eye on your e-mail (be sure to check your spam folder) and on our Facebook page, Editors Atlantic, for announcements regarding lunches, meetings, presentations, and other goings-on.

 

What Do Publishers Want?

Alan Sheppard, production editor at Goose Lane Editions in Fredericton, will be giving a presentation to Atlantic twig members Wednesday, September 29 at 8:00 pm Atlantic time, 8:30 Newfoundland time.
Alan will be sharing his insider’s tips on what he looks for when hiring freelance book editors.
Any member who would like to attend this presentation and needs the Zoom link, please send an email to atlantic@editors.ca.

Lexicography as Editing: A Day in the Life of a Harmless Drudge

After the resounding success of our September presentation with Alan Sheppard, we’re excited to announce our October programming — Lexicography as Editing: A Day in the Life of a Harmless Drudge, a presentation by former OED lexicographer Deirdre Greene Lono!
Deirdre’s talk will include such topics as the practice of lexicography and how it overlaps with general editing, the history and compilation of the OED, and how its defining style affected the fiction style of J.R.R. Tolkein.
This presentation will take place on Wednesday, October 27 at 7:30 AST/8:00 NL. Members can request the Zoom link by emailing us at atlantic@editors.ca.

Tax Tips for Sole Proprietors – January 21, 2022

Back by popular demand! Free Tax Help for Small Business
If you have tax-related questions, here is your chance to get them answered. This seminar led by professionals from the Canada Revenue Agency will help you learn about:
• business tax deductions
• common tax errors
• helpful tools and services offered by CRA
• general bookkeeeping concepts and best practices
Join us Friday, January 21, 2022, 10:00–11:30 am Atlantic time. RSVP to atlantic@editors.ca and request the link to the presentation.

Twig Talk – November 2021

REPORT TO ATLANTIC TWIG MEMBERS  •  NOVEMBER 2021

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

  • TODAY—November 29—is the last day to take advantage of Editors Canada’s half-price sale on recorded webinars. Act now!
  • Something Wikid This Way Came: On November 17, Jenny Higgins gave us a spirited presentation on the wonderful world of Wikipedia. In 2019, Jenny was Wikipedian-in-residence at Memorial University’s Centre for Newfoundland Studies.
  • Next twig session: Back by popular demand! On January 21, 2022, Canada Revenue Agency reps will be back again to give us tax tips for sole proprietors and small businesses. To RSVP and receive the link to the presentation, e-mail us at atlantic@editors.ca.

TWIG NEWS

  • Twig website update: The website committee (Sue MacLeod, Alex Peace, Molly Rookwood, Patti Simmons and Andrew Wetmore) has reviewed proposals from prospective web designers and has settled on a preferred supplier. The committee is in consultation with Editors Canada’s national website re-design task force to ensure compatibility.

SOCIAL EVENTS
Holiday season is imminent, so we’re planning an online social for the evening of Wednesday, December 8. (More deets to come this week.) While we hope to be able to gather in person a lot more often in the new year, we would truly love to see as many members as possible for this event. We’re also happy to help facilitate in-person gatherings with Doodle polls and outreach if needed.

NATIONAL NEWS
Working with other members from across the country is a really broadening experience. Editors Canada is looking for committee volunteers for the 2022 conference, May 27–29. This will be an in-person/online hybrid event, with the in-person events taking place in Edmonton. The level of commitment varies but is generally about 5–10 hours per month. Volunteers are required in the following areas: communications, social media, speakers, sponsorship, local experience, vendor fair, volunteer coordinator, and website. E-mail conference_chair@editors.ca if you have questions or would like to volunteer.

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We’re looking ahead to planning sessions for 2022, so let us know what you’d like to see and any ideas you have for events and presentations.

Has anyone achieved certification or received recognition or published a book? Shoot us an e-mail with announcements to share. We want to hear from you.

Keep an eye on your email (be sure to check your spam folder) and on our Facebook page, Editors Atlantic, for announcements regarding lunches, meetings, presentations, and other goings-on.

You can also engage in conversation with other editors on the Facebook pages Editors’ Association of Earth and Business + Professional Development for Editors, as well as Editors/Réviseurs Canada and Editors Canada Student Affiliates.

Keep in the loop on the latest national news by subscribing to The Editors’ Weekly, Editors Canada’s official blog.

Twig Talk – October 2021

REPORT TO ATLANTIC TWIG MEMBERS  •  OCTOBER 2021

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

  • Our September presentation by Alan Sheppard, production editor at Goose Lane Editions in Fredericton, was a resounding success.
  • Our October event with Deirdre Greene-Lono was totally engrossing. Deirdre spoke about the nature of her work in the 1980s as a researcher and lexicographer with the Oxford English Dictionary, Oxford University Press, and other publications.
  • Coming up on Wednesday, November 17, is a presentation by Jenny Higgins, who was recently the Wikipedian-in-residence at the Centre for Newfoundland Studies at Memorial University. 6:30 pm Atlantic time, 7:00 pm NL time. E-mail atlantic@editors.ca for the Zoom link.

TWIG NEWS

  • We have no new members this month.
  • A lovely cohort of twig members has volunteered to steer the production of a new twig website. MANY, MANY THANKS to Sue MacLeod, Alex Peace, Molly Rookwood, Patti Simmons and Andrew Wetmore.
  • And speaking of volunteers, we’re looking for at least one new co-chair to take over from Sandy Newton and Margo Grant, who both need to be handing over their roles to new folks by the end of this year. Molly Rookwood is a star, but even SHE CAN’T DO IT ALONE! Co-chairs from PEI, New Brunswick, and Newfoundland & Labrador would be ideal, of course, but not essential. New members especially will find being a twig co-chair a great networking experience. E-mail us at atlantic@editors.ca if you’re ready, able, and willing!

SOCIAL EVENTS
It’s great to at last be able to get out and see each other again in real life, at least in Nova Scotia. Six members of the Halifax contingent met on October 5 and the Wolfville Editors’ Bunch got together on October 20. We encourage members from other areas to organize in-person events of their own and we are happy to help with Doodle polls and outreach if needed.

NATIONAL NEWS
Editors Canada is looking for committee volunteers for the 2022 conference, May 27–29. This annual event is a much-anticipated highlight in EAC calendar. This year’s conference will be an in-person/online hybrid, with the in-person events taking place in Edmonton. Volunteers are required in the following areas: communications, social media, speakers, sponsorship, local experience, vendor fair, volunteer coordination, and website. The time commitment varies but is generally about 5–10 hours per month. E-mail conference_chair@editors.ca if you have questions or would like to be involved. It’s a great way to get acquainted with other Editors Canada members across the country.

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We’ll be looking ahead to the winter sessions soon, so let us know your thoughts and any ideas for events and presentations. Shoot us an E-mail with announcements to share at atlantic@editors.ca. Keep an eye on your E-mail (be sure to check your spam folder) and on our Facebook page, Editors Atlantic, for announcements regarding lunches, meetings, presentations, and other goings-on.

Engage in conversation with other editors on the Facebook pages Editors’ Association of Earth and Business + Professional Development for Editors, as well as Editors/Réviseurs Canada and Editors Canada Student Affiliates. Keep in the loop on the latest national news by subscribing to The Editors’ Weekly, Editors Canada’s official blog.

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Twig Talk is produced by Editors Atlantic, a regional twig of the Editors Association of Canada, for its members. The twig can be reached at atlantic@editors.ca.

Twig Talk – September 2021

REPORT TO ATLANTIC TWIG MEMBERS  •  SEPTEMBER 2021

We hope everyone had a wonderful summer. After our own hiatus we’re back on track with planned events and online presentations for our members.

A warm welcome to our new members Claire Bennet and Amber Tucker in Halifax, Steven Watt in St. John’s, and Margaret MacQuarrie in Dartmouth. We’ll miss our former co-chair Becky Skillin, who relocated to Jordan in June.

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

We have lined up Alan Sheppard, production editor at Goose Lane Editions in Fredericton, to give us a Zoom presentation on Wednesday September 29, 8:00 pm Atlantic time, 8:30 pm NL time. Alan will be explaining what he looks for when hiring a freelance editor. Email us for the Zoom link if you want to attend.

In October, we are hoping to have a presentation by Deirdre Greene-Lono on her work with the Oxford English Dictionary. Stay tuned for more info on that.

Editors Canada has scheduled a webinar for October 19Introducing The Chicago Manual of Style for PerfectIt! This is one not to be missed.

Jenny Higgins, who was recently the Wikipedian-in-Residence at the Centre for Newfoundland Studies at Memorial University, will give us a presentation on writing and editing entries on that online encyclopedia. November 17, 6:30 pm Atlantic time, 7:00 pm NL time.

TWIG NEWS

Congratulations to Claire Wilkshire of St. John’s, whose second book, a collection of short fiction called The Love Olympics, is due for release October 10.

We’ve polled our members to see what support there is for dropping our local websites and being folded entirely into the new and improved Editors Canada website, which is expected to be completed by the end of 2022, OR for maintaining our own new and improved website, separate from but linked to the national site. So far there is strong support for creating our own Editors Atlantic website, which will continue to feature the popular Find an Editor page with free listings for members. We do have the financial capacity to do this, as well as a small team of wonderful volunteers willing to steer the project.

And speaking of volunteers, we’re also looking for a new twig co-chair to work with Molly Rookwood and Sandy Newton. Drop us a line at atlantic@editors.ca if you’re up for the gig. It would be ideal to have a co-chair who’s in PEI or New Brunswick.

SOCIAL EVENTS

The very resilient Wolfville Editors’ Bunch has managed to continue to meet online and in person throughout the pandemic. Following their lead, the Halifax contingent of the twig has planned a social event for Tuesday, October 5, 5:00–6:00 pm, at the Lion’s Head Tavern rooftop deck—fingers crossed for good weather and no drastic Covid restrictions. We encourage members from other areas to organize in-person get-togethers of their own and are happy to help with Doodle polls and outreach if needed.

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We’ll be looking ahead to the winter sessions soon, so let us know your thoughts and any ideas for events and presentations. Shoot us an email with announcements to share at atlantic@editors.ca. Keep an eye on your email (be sure to check your spam folder) and on our Facebook page, Editors Atlantic, for announcements regarding lunches, meetings, presentations, and other goings-on.

Engage in conversation with other editors on the Facebook pages Editors’ Association of Earth and Business + Professional Development for Editors, as well as Editors/Réviseurs Canada and Editors Canada Student Affiliates. Keep in the loop on the latest national news by subscribing to The Editors’ Weekly, Editors Canada’s official blog.

Twig Talk – June 2021

WHAT’S NEW

  • The merger between the Newfoundland & Labrador twig and the Nova Scotia twig is a fait accompli! We’re now the Atlantic twig or Editors Atlantic. Our new email address is atlantic@editors.ca. On Twitter we’re @EditorsAtlantic and you can find us on Facebook at Editors Atlantic. Your three co-chairs are Sandy Newton, Molly Rookwood, and Margo Grant.
  • We are now looking to hire a web designer to create a new web page that will incorporate the important info of both twigs and be our public face in the future. Meanwhile, the sites of both former twigs will remain in operation.
  • The Wolfville Editors’ Bunch met June 23 via Zoom, and will meet again on Wednesday, July 21, in person if weather permits or online if not.
  • We have no formal events planned for the summer months but will keep you updated on any informal twig socials.
  • The Editors Canada insurance task force is looking for a leader. The task force is researching insurance carriers to offer a life and health insurance package for members. Contact Patricia MacDonald if you’re interested in getting involved or would like more info.

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

  • On Saturday, June 5 we hosted an online workshop by Virginia McGowan, The Art and Science of Mentoring: A Guide for Editors. Many thanks to Ginny for volunteering her time and knowledge!
  • Check out three upcoming Editors Canada webinars.
  • The Editors Canada 2021 national conference, Editors 21: Editors Transform, wrapped up on June 13. Those who attended have access to session recordings until September 30, 2021.
  • Editors Canada professional certification exams on proofreading and structural editing will be held Saturday, November 20, 2021. Registration opens in July.