Editors Nova Scotia’s 2018 AGM

Editors Nova Scotia’s 2018 annual general meeting was held Saturday, April 28 in Halifax, with 12 members in attendance.

Co-ordinator and Chair Alex Peace opened the meeting with introductions all around, followed by presentation of the financial statements, membership updates, announcements, and a shout-out to volunteers Julia Cochrane, Tim Covell, Anne Curry, Shelley Egan, Margo Grant, Martha Hickman-Hild, Fazeela Jiwa, Patricia MacDonald, Tiffany MacDonald, Valerie Mansour, Alexandra Peace, Paula Sarson, Alex Schofield, and Jamie Serran. As thanks, these volunteers were invited to attend the Atlantic Book Awards gala held on May 10, 2018.


 

 

 

Stylistic Editing and Cite It Right Workshops

On Friday, March 2, 2018, Editors Nova Scotia presented two half-day workshops with Carolyn Brown, Certified Professional Editor and Editor in the Life Sciences.

Carolyn is a scientific and medical writer, editor and publishing consultant with 18 years’ experience at Canada’s two largest scientific publishers. In her current consulting work, she writes articles on medical topics for Nature and the Canadian Medical Association Journal, and edits journal articles, technical reports and fact sheets for the public in a variety of sciences. She has taught scientists in Mexico how to write articles for journal publication. Her own training includes the Banff Science Communications course, led by noted science popularizer Jay Ingram. She is an accredited Editor in the Life Sciences through the Board of Editors in the Life Sciences and a Certified Professional Editor through Editors Canada. She is the author of the chapter on citation in Editing Canadian English, 3rd edition, and a perennial seminar leader.

From 9 a.m. to noon Carolyn focused on stylistic editing. Editors Canada’s professional editorial standards define stylistic editing as “editing to clarify meaning, improve flow, and smooth language.” It is the domain of those editors who want to communicate: to get the message from the author to the reader accurately, honestly, and even elegantly. It also relies on developing that rare commodity, editorial judgment.

Expectations for stylistic editing can vary widely. This seminar looked at how stylistic editing is done in a variety of publishing settings. Some of the topics covered were:

The context for stylistic editing

How can editors adapt to the needs of their employers and clients?

Who are the readers, and how does that determine the approach to stylistic editing?

What is the medium, and how does that affect the approach?

Who is the author, and how will the stylistic editor communicate and negotiate with the author?

Judgment in approaching editing decisions

Paragraph-level decisions (length, structure, logical flow, connection with other paragraphs)

Sentence-level decisions (length, sentence construction, logical flow, connectors, as well as common problems such as passive voice, noun strings, etc.)

Word-level decisions (word choice geared to readers, omission of unnecessary words)

This seminar involved tales from the trenches (Carolyn is a masterful and highly entertaining storyteller!), lively discussions, and hands-on exercises. An enriching and informative session devoted to our craft.

From 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. the focus was on Citing It Right.

For writers and editors of any scholarly work, understanding citation is critical. Having a good grasp of the elements of citation helps writers and editors move seamlessly from one citation system to another. This seminar took participants through the principles of citation and reviewed major citation systems. We discussed reference management software and looked at editing approaches.

The event was held at the very funky 1313 Hollis Street in downtown Halifax. Delicious coffee, treats, and lunch were provided by Norbert’s Good Food.

Treats and lunch provided by Norbert’s Good Food
Some of the attendees of the workshop with Carolyn Brown
March 2018 workshop with Carolyn Brown, attendees

Editors Nova Scotia Annual General Meeting and Post-AGM Spring Social

Saturday, April 28, 2018, 4–6 p.m., with dinner to follow

The Monaghan*

6140 Young Street, Halifax

Come on out and we’ll reflect on the accomplishments of the past year, look forward to next year, and elect the new co-coordinators. We will address any concerns, hear your suggestions on what you’d like to see from Editors Nova Scotia, talk about upcoming events, and then go for dinner nearby.

Back by popular demand: Door prize draw for those who attend!

Even if you don’t live in Halifax, you can still attend the AGM using the wonders of technology. If you would like to join us online, contact us and we’ll give you all the details!

After the AGM, we will head over to Heartwood Hydrostone at 3061 Gottingen Street. Editors Nova Scotia will provide nibblies, but you’re on your own for drinks and dinner.

Please RSVP to novascotia.twig@editors.ca by Wednesday, April 25, 2018 (so we can print the documents and make a dinner reservation, or set you up with Zoom).

* The Monaghan is a high-rise apartment building. We’ll be gathering in the meeting room on the fifth floor. There is parking available in the lot in front of the building and on nearby Monaghan Street.

 

Marvellous crew from AGM 2017