Twig Talk – April 2021

WHAT’S NEW 

  • Update on Editors Canada server issues. As a consequence of this, we’ve set up a new twig email address: editors.maritimes@gmail.com.
  • Registration is open for the Editors Canada 2021 national conference, Editors 21: Editors Transform, scheduled for June 12 & 13. This is Editors Canada’s first all-online conference. Check out the exciting line-up.
  • Editors Canada announced their new Equity Fellowship to be awarded annually to support editors, including those who are BIPOC (Black, Indigenous and people of colour), 2SLGBTQIA+, neurodiverse and disabled.

WE DID IT

  • The Wolfville Editors’ Bunch met April 13.
  • On Saturday, April 10, we held our AGM. Minutes of the meeting can be found here.
  • On Saturday, April 24 we hosted a presentation by Kaitlin Littlechild on Indigenous terminology. That Zoom recording is available to members on request by emailing editors.maritimes@gmail.com

SAVE THE DATE

  • On Saturday, May 8 we’ll be having an informal editors’ lunch for all members at 12:00 pm via Zoom.
  • The next Wolfville Editors’ Bunch lunch will be on Tuesday, May 18 at 12:00 pm via Zoom.
  • On Saturday, May 29, we’ll be hosting a presentation by Virginia McGowan on mentoring. Details will be available soon.

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

  • Hone your skills with Editors Canada’s webinars; there are four new ones coming up in May. Check them out here.

 

LET US KNOW YOUR THOUGHTS AND IDEAS. Contributions are welcome. Shoot us an email any time at our new address, editors.maritimes@gmail.com. Keep an eye on your email (be sure to check your spam folder) and on our Facebook page, Editors in the Maritimes, for announcements regarding lunches, meetings and other goings-on.

Engage in conversation 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 AGM 2021 – meeting minutes

These are the minutes of the meeting held Saturday, April 10, 2021:

Nova Scotia Twig Annual General Meeting, Saturday, April 10, 2021

1. Thanks to Becky Skillin for her service as twig co-coordinator for the past term.

2. Call for nominations for new co-coordinators. Molly Rookwood and Margo Grant acclaimed co-coordinators for the next term.

3. Thanks to volunteers for 2020–2021:

Nicola Aquino – Editors’ Vine

Anne Curry – national director of branches and twigs (east)

Shelley Egan – Professional Editorial Standards Twitter account

Fazeela Jiwa – Equity, Diversity and Inclusion task force

Patricia MacDonald – national director of volunteers

Margo Grant, Becky Skillin, Molly Rookwood – twig coordinators

Julie Cochrane, and Anne Curry – WEB lunches

Margaret MacQuarrie and Anne Curry – Dollars and Sense presentation (September 2020)

Alexandra Peace – Indexing presentation (October 2020)

Candida Hadley and Anne Curry – discussion on Indigenous terminology (March 2021)

Kaitlin Littlechild – discussion on Indigenous terminology (April 2021)

4. Welcome and introduce 14 new members who’ve joined over the past year

5. The year in review: our monthly events & presentations, WEB lunches, finances

We’ve successfully adjusted to being completely online. Thank you all for being so accommodating.

Wolfville editors continued their monthly meetings and we continued to meet monthly online as a full twig.

Presentations included

  • Margaret MacQuarrie and Anne Curry – Dollars and Sense (September 2020)
  • Alexandra Peace – Indexing (October 2020)
  • Tax sessions with CRA – November 2020 and January 2021 (we’ll look into setting this up as a yearly session)
  • editing websites for accessibility with Raya Morrison (March 2021)
  • Stet! Drawer’s English game with Molly Rookwood (March 2021)
  • Indigenous terminology with Candida Hadley and Anne Curry (March 2021)

6. Editors Canada had a major server problem on February 27, 2021, that took all association websites and email offline. We lost our contact lists but were able to rebuild them from our membership lists, and there were problems with some folks not receiving email from our twig account. As a workaround, we set up a gmail account for the twig — editors.maritimes@gmail.com. It may not be permanent but we’re using that until further notice from national, and will look into setting up an email account through our website.

Meanwhile, the national websites (English and French) are back online and webmail access has been restored, and the Editors’ Weekly home page is online; however, the links to the individual posts are broken. We still don’t have access to the online Chicago Manual of Style; however, a free trial extension of it is offered to Editors Canada members.

7. We requested name change for twig from Nova Scotia to Maritimes, as we represent members in New Brunswick and PEI, as well as NS. We were told to wait and see whether Newfoundland and Labrador twig will join us, in which case we’d be Editors Atlantic. This has been discussed before. We want to remain a twig, rather than a branch, as twigs are much easier to handle, less complicated than branches, and more effective for members.

8. What’s coming up:

  • WEB lunch, April 14
  • Indigenous terminology with Kaitlin Littlechild, April 24
  • Mentorship with Virginia McGowan, May 29
  • possible summer get-together at Val Mansour’s cottage on Amherst Shore

9. Things people would like to see in the coming year?

  • We can look into doing another tax session toward the end of the year
  • Another session on managing finances
  • Session on how to find work. Greg Iannou had a webinar recently.
  • Session on BIPOC terminology
  • Session on gender identity and related terminology
  • Session on macros and how to use them
    • There are lots of webinars out there, but we can work on having a specific session on macros for our members.
  • There was interest in having a series of workshops/a small local conference like Frances Peck’s grammar boot camp.
    • As one of our members said, “There’s nothing better than getting together in a room and spending a whole day learning about grammar and style!”
  • If any out-of-town editors are heading east, we could see if they have a session or workshop they want to run.

10. Member Concerns

  • Smaller groups (i.e., not larger branches) have missed out by not having the same events to attend in person (like Editors Toronto’s workshop on Editing Memoir). It would be great if, post-pandemic, bigger twigs/branches could continue to make provisions for smaller communities to attend events and professional development activities.
  • There is already a Task Force for Improving Access to Member Services, which continues to address this particular issue.
  • The Editors’ Vine is also useful for that!
    • They are also always looking for presenters.
  • We can set up a Resources page on our website.
  • We’ll do what we can to keep things accessible for events for people who can’t join in person.
  • Continuing to have the AGM online
  • Possibly doing hybrid events with some people joining online
  • Could we link other twigs’ blogs on our website?
  • It would be nice to have a national calendar.
    • We can start posting our events on the calendar on our website home page.
  • A member noted that ACES has a 30% discount on APA7 online. Any chance Editors Canada could investigate this when they have time?

11. NEC motions: Changes mostly involve clarifying language. Items include changing co-coordinators to co-chairs; including student affiliates in the volunteer policy; changes to awards procedure; changes to honorarium requests; changes to expense reimbursements.

12. Finances

  • Nationally, Editors Canada is doing OK
  • They may sublet the national offices and save a good amount of money that way
  • Centralizing the money has helped on paper
  • People have been buying webinars
  • Money no longer goes back to twigs from webinars as in the past
  • Our twig has $9723.15 in our account. A regular expense is $46 for website hosting and domain name with CanSpace.

13. Encourage participation in the national conference, June 12 & 13

14. Call for national volunteers and volunteer for twig co-chair

15. Introductions of two new members present at the Zoom meeting

Links to resources referenced in the meeting:

Conscious Language Toolkit for Editors — Rabbit with a Red Pen

Free downloadable Conscious Language PerfectIt style sheet • Sofia Matias

Branches & Twigs

Editors Toronto Blog: https://editorstorontoblog.com/

Editors Canada Conference 2021 Sessions: https://pheedloop.com/editors21/site/sessions/

 

Twig Talk – March 2021

WHAT’S NEW
• We extend a warm welcome to our newest members, Jennifer MacLeod, in Lunenburg, and Katherine McDougall, in Greenfield, NS.

• On February 27, Editors Canada had a major server problem that took all association websites and email offline, which is why our members haven’t been receiving email from the twig address. Go here for the latest update.

• Registration is open for the Editors Canada 2021 national conference, Editors 21: Editors Transform, scheduled for June 12 & 13. This is Editors Canada’s first all-online conference. Check out the exciting line-up. Follow the Facebook postings for the latest news.

WE DID IT
• The Wolfville Editors’ Bunch met March 10 for a nice, chatty online lunch.

• On March 13, members met online for a rousing game of STET! Dreyer’s English, expertly facilitated by soon-to-be co-chair Molly Rookwood. Patricia MacDonald scored 17.5 of 18 points and received Dutch Oven: A Cookbook of Coveted Traditional Recipes from the Kitchens of Lunenburg as a prize.

STET! Dreyer's English

SAVE THE DATE
• On Saturday, March 27, we’ll be hosting an informal discussion of Indigenous-related editing experiences. Bring your questions from this discussion to April’s chat (Saturday, April 24), which will be led by fellow twig member Kaitlin Littlechild.

• Hone your skills with Editors Canada’s webinars; there’s a free one on March 30: Five Steps for Coping with Burnout, presented by Sagan Morrow.

• The twig AGM is scheduled for Saturday, April 10. There are several motions up for discussion, as well as at least one new co-chair to vote in, so we hope to see a screenfull of members Zooming in.

EDITORS’ VINE
The Vine for Thursday, April 8 (8:00 pm) and Saturday, April 10 (2:00 pm) will be a presentation by Sue Archer on career building. Visit the members’ area of the Editors Canada website for the schedule of upcoming meetings. If you would like to be added to the Vine’s participant list to receive login details for meetings, or if you’d just like more information, please email the Vine moderators, Nicola Aquino and Lenore Hietkamp.

 

Let us know your thoughts and ideas. Contributions are welcome. Shoot us an email any time at novascotia.twig@editors.ca. Keep an eye on your email (be sure to check your spam folder) and on our Facebook page, Editors in the Maritimes, for announcements regarding lunches, meetings and other goings-on.

Engage in conversation 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 annual general meeting – Saturday, April 10, 2021

The 2021 AGM of the Nova Scotia twig is scheduled for Saturday, April 10. Up for discussion are several motions to update Editors Canada governance documents. These can be sent to members for preview upon request.

We’ll welcome new members, review the year, and preview what’s on the horizon.

Also on the agenda will be a vote for a new co-chair. Co-chair Becky Skillin will be moving to Jordan in June and Molly Rookwood has agreed to take over the role; however, a formal vote is required and members will receive a ballot prior to the meeting. We’re also looking for a second volunteer to take over for the second co-chair, Margo Grant.

Those wishing to attend the AGM should email the twig for a link to the Zoom meeting.

 

WEB Lunch

On Wednesday, March 10, the Wolfville Editors’ Bunch gathered in the Zoom room for a friendly chat. It’s hoped that with COVID-19 restrictions gradually being eased in Nova Scotia, these events can take place in person again very soon.

Twig Talk – February 2021

WHAT’S NEW
•  We extend a warm welcome to our newest member, Catharine Lailson, in Halifax.

•  Registration is now open for the Editors Canada 2021 national conference, Editors 21: Editors Transform, scheduled for June 12 & 13. This is Editors Canada’s first all-online conference.

COMING UP
•  On Saturday, February 27, 11:00 am, we’ll be hosting a presentation by Raya Morrison in the Zoom room. Raya will be talking to us about editing digital content for reader accessibility. She is co-chair of Editors Toronto and editor-in-chief of Blood & Bourbon Press. Those members interested in attending can receive the link by emailing the twig at novascotia.twig@editors.ca.

•  Hone your skills with Editors Canada’s latest webinar, Beyond STEM: Academic Editing in Social Sciences, Humanities and Education, with Letitia Henville, Saturday, March 6 at 2:00 pm.

•  Saturday, March 27 we are planning an in-house discussion of culturally sensitive editing for authors writing about Indigenous peoples, led by Candida Hadley and Anne Curry. Please bring your questions from March’s discussion to April’s chat, which will be led by fellow twig member Kaitlin Littlechild. These questions will guide the discussion. Kaitlin is a member of Editors Canada and is located in Moncton.

EDITORS’ VINE
The Vine for Thursday, March 4 (8:00 pm) and Saturday, March 6 (2:00 pm) will be a panel discussion on workflow or time management.

Visit the members’ area of the Editors Canada website for the schedule of upcoming meetings. If you would like to be added to the Vine’s participant list to receive login details for meetings, or if you’d just like more information, please email the Vine moderators, Nicola Aquino and Lenore Hietkamp.

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Let us know your thoughts and ideas. Contributions are welcome. Shoot us an email any time at novascotia.twig@editors.ca. Keep an eye on your email (be sure to check your spam folder) and on our Facebook page, Editors in the Maritimes, for announcements regarding lunches, meetings and other goings-on.

Engage in conversation 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.