The NEC is coming to town! Read all about it!

The national executive council (NEC) of Editors Canada meets quarterly. They try to move around the country to connect with different branches and twigs. March 2 to 4, 2018, they are coming to Halifax for the second time (last time was in 2013).

You can join them in a variety of ways …

Friday

Editors Nova Scotia will be taking advantage of the expertise coming to town by having a workshop with Carolyn Brown. More details to follow.

Friday evening, join the NEC for drinks at Roy’s Lounge in the Westin Nova Scotian and ask them anything.

Saturday and Sunday

Any member of Editors Canada is welcome to attend the quarterly meetings. Come and listen and watch the magic happen.

Saturday evening

Join the NEC for dinner to chat about life, Editors Canada, and how great Halifax is.

For details on any of these events, please email us.

 

 

Word Styles and Templates Workshop

Styles

Microsoft Word provides powerful tools for creating and managing text styles. Many people think of styles mainly in connection with document design and layout, but even in the manuscript stage, styles are an important part of a clean, stable document and efficient workflows. This workshop will demonstrate how to take control of a document’s appearance and structure while saving time for you and for colleagues.

Workshop participants will learn how to think strategically about styles and plan their use; how to create, modify, and apply styles; how to manage styles using the Organizer; and how to store and document style systems using templates.

Templates

Word templates are powerful toolkits and one of Word’s most underutilized features. The well-known, ready-made layouts represent just one small facet of template use. This workshop will explore their potential to contribute at every stage of document development, from concept through writing, editing, and layout.

Workshop participants will practise using a range of template elements, learning how to create, revise, and apply templates; how to find and back up template files; how to populate a template with styles, autotext entries, custom toolbars, and time-saving scripts; and how to manage templates using the Organizer.

You are encouraged to bring a laptop computer with a version of Word (notes will also be provided).

 

Note: Participants should already be familiar with Microsoft Word’s basic functions related to the formatting of pages, margins, paragraphs, and fonts. Martha will be demonstrating on an Apple computer using Word for Mac 2011. PC and Word version equivalences will be searched for collectively in class.

 

Martha Hickman Hild is a freelance writer and editor based in Cambridge, Nova Scotia. Her career in publishing spans the whole transition from conventional paste-up through the advent of desktop computing to the complex digital workflows of today. Following an earlier career in academia, she worked as a technical writer, then in educational publishing and in the news industry before returning to university as a research administrator. She is the author of two field guides for amateur geologists.

 Date: Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Time: workshop starts at 9.30 am, finishes at 4.30 pm (lunch provided at 12.30 pm)

Location:    East Coast School of Languages, Classroom 10

1256 Barrington St.

Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada

 

Fees: lunch included for both half- and full-day workshops

Editors Canada Members non-members
half-day workshop $100 $125
two half-day workshops $150 $200

Registration: registration link

Registration closes on Wednesday, October 17, 2017 at midnight.

Please contact the Editors Nova Scotia co-coordinators (novascotia.twig@editors.ca) with any questions.

 

Second Annual Halifax Autumn Social

Hello, All.

Come join us for our Second Annual Halifax Autumn Social on Saturday, November 18, 2017, starting at 4:30 pm, at the Halifax Central Library.

If you can join us in person, great! If not, you can join us online using Zoom. (Don’t worry, we’ll tell you how to use it!)

We’ll spend about an hour talking about what’s new and exciting in the 17th edition of the Chicago Manual of Style. Share your tips about learning a new style guide! Bring your latest edition, and we’ll compare!

Afterward, we’ll say goodbye to our online colleagues and head out for dinner and an informal chat about editing and all the other happenings in our lives.

Non-members are welcome to join us for a $5 fee. Members of Editors Nova Scotia may attend for no charge.

Please let us know whether you can join us and in what manner (in person or via Zoom) by email at NovaScotia.Twig@editors.ca by Monday, November 13, 2017. Also let us know (if you can) whether you’ll be joining us for dinner.

Looking forward to seeing lots of you there!