Plain Language Workshop

Begin 2019 by learning new or refreshing current editing skills!

Plain Language for Editors is a hands-on workshop to help you make your clients’ writing clearer and more readable. The benefit to your practice? Stronger stylistic and structural editing skills, broader offerings to clients, and writing tailored to your stakeholders. Specifically, you will assess your audience, edit to meet their needs, and estimate the document’s success at meeting those needs.

During her 30 years as an editorial consultant with Communications Nova Scotia, presenter and plain language specialist Nicole Watkins-Campbell has edited everything from bookmarks to non-fiction books, including government reports, not-for-profit annual reports, and website text. She has written speeches, backgrounders for legislation, and promotional copy for concerts and other events.

Editors Nova Scotia hope you can join us for this afternoon of mental exercise!

Plain Language for Editors
Saturday, January 19, 2019, 1:00–4:00 pm

$50 for Editors Canada members and student affiliates
$60 for non-members and lapsed members

The Monagahan, West Tower
6140 Young Street
Amenity Room, third floor
Halifax, NS





Let’s Chat

Nova Scotia Twig co-coordinators, Jamie and Margo, have been making plans for the membership. We’d like to share our ideas with you at an informal gathering, where we can invite your thoughts and comments. Lunch and beverages will be provided. (BYOB if you like—it’s a social.)

In addition, new member Jena Parsons will give a presentation on search engine optimization. Explore how to write and edit content to boost SEO online. This session will help you and your clients get noticed on the web. You will learn how to:

  • identify how readers interact with online content
  • conform content to google algorithms
  • build basic SEO skills
  • use SEO skills to make yourself more marketable.

And Margaret MacQuarrie will walk us through the vexations of editing PDFs in Adobe Acrobat.

We’re really looking forward to welcoming our new members, catching up with not-new ones, and exchanging info and ideas with everyone. We’ll be able to hook you up digitally if you can’t attend in person—let us know if you want to join us this way.

Saturday, November 24, 2018
11:00 am to 4:00 pm
Monaghan West, 4th Floor
6140 Young Street, Halifax

Please RSVP to by November 20. Also please inform us of any food allergies/sensitivities. We aim to please!

Inaugural Halifax-area editors’ lunch meeting

We think it’s high time the Halifax folks had a regular lunch bunch like the Wolfville Editors’ Bunch (WEB) have. Editors Canada members in the Annapolis Valley meet monthly to share a meal, thoughts, concerns, questions, and to just stay in touch with each other. Lunch is in a different venue each time, and the invitation is always open to other members.

So—if you build it they will come, right?

The first Halifax-area editors’ lunch will be Wednesday, November 14, 12:00 pm, at The Lemon Tree, 805 Bedford Highway. (It’s in a unit of one of the converted motels.)

Please RSVP to by Monday, November 12.


Dictionary Day, October 16

Editors Nova Scotia and The Bookmark, an independent bookstore in downtown Halifax, have partnered to salute Dictionary Day, October 16.

Although A Dictionary of the English Language was published in 1755 by Briton Samuel Johnson, Dictionary Day honours Noah Webster, who was born in Connecticut on this date in 1758 and is considered to have fathered the American dictionary.

Simon Winchester’s classic about the making of the Oxford English Dictionary, The Professor and the Madman, is a fascinating story. If you haven’t already read it, you can pick up a copy at The Bookmark!

Day trip to Wayzgoose


October 20, 2018. Wayzgoose is an annual publishing arts event hosted by Gaspereau Press in Kentville, NS.

On Saturday, October 20, we’re planning a group visit to Wayzgoose, the annual day-long festival celebrating the art and craft of printing, held at Gaspereau Press in Kentville, NS.

According to Wikipedia, “a wayzgoose was at one time an entertainment given by a master printer to his workmen each year on or about St Bartholomew’s Day (August 24). It marked the traditional end of summer and the start of the season of working by candlelight.”

The Gaspereau Press Wayzgoose will feature readings, presentations, informal and formal discussions, and an open house.

Julie Cochrane and Holly Edmonds experiment with embossing tools.
Guest printer Lindsay Schmittle (second from left) gave a presentation on her five-month trek of the Appalachian Trail and the art poster project it inspired. L–R Julie Cochrane, Lindsay, Jena Parsons, Holly Edmonds.
Jamie Serran, Holly Edmonds and Jena Parsons try their hand at book binding.
October 20, 2018. Wayzgoose is an annual publishing arts event hosted by Gaspereau Press in Kentville, NS.
Margaret MacQuarrie and Alex Scofield attended the Authors’ Salon at Wickwire House.
Margo Grant examines a drawer of lead type.
Jamie Serran pulls a proof on one of Gaspereau’s letterpresses.
Jena Parsons and Margaret MacQuarrie admire some of the many posters in the Gapereau Press printshop.
Margaret has a little advice.