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.

Twig Talk – January 2021

WHAT’S NEW
We extend a warm welcome to our newest member, Nora Adshade, in Halifax. This brings us to 44 members in all three Maritime provinces. We averaged 10 more members in 2020 over 2019. We are all looking forward to the day when we can meet in person!

On Friday, January 22, Canada Revenue Agency representative Charbel Saab gave a re-offering of an online presentation on tax tips for small businesses, which was originally presented in November 2020. By request, we opened up this session to our fellow members in Toronto and 16 of them joined in. A PDF of the presentation was emailed to attendees, along with a link to a short CRA survey.

Of special interest to our student affiliates will be Editors Canada’s Claudette Upton Scholarship. This is a $1,000 scholarship to help support continuing professional development in editing.

Editors Canada is seeking to draw upon members’ experiences and thoughts to inform strategies for seeking equity within the organization by asking members to complete a short survey.

COMING UP
On Friday, February 19, Editors Saskatchewan is hosting a free Zoom webinar, Accurate Estimating: The Key to Making Money as an Editor. This session will run from 3:00 to 4:00 pm Atlantic time. Email saskatchewan@editors.ca to register.

Saturday, February 27, 11:00 am: Raya Morrison will be talking to us about applying editing and quality assurance techniques to web material for increased accessibility. Raya is co-chair of Editors Toronto and editor-in-chief of Blood & Bourbon Press. Details of this event will be forthcoming via email and Facebook.

Saturday, March 27 we are planning an in-house discussion of culturally sensitive editing for authors writing about Indigenous peoples, to be followed on Saturday, April 24 by a more detailed presentation on the topic with Kaitlin Littlechild. She is a member of Editors Canada and is located in Moncton.

EDITORS’ VINE
The Vine’s topic for February 4 and 6 is Plain Language: Challenges and the New International Standard, presented by plain language specialist Gael Spivak, past president of Editors Canada.
Visit the members’ area 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.

Twig Talk – December 2020

Congratulations to Antigonish twig member Nicola Aquino on being Editors Canada’s featured volunteer for December! Nicola co-administers the Editors’ Vine that meets online monthly. Find out more about Nicola from our December 16 Facebook posting.

A warm welcome to our newest member, Margo Wheaton, and to Sue MacLeod, who recently transferred from Quebec. Both are in Halifax.

Margo’s timing is good (!) because Editors Canada fees are going up. But considering all of this year’s shuffling, we’re thankful/amazed that it’s only a $6 increase. A one-year membership will now be $298, a two-year membership will be $566, students will pay $56, and emeritus fees will be $149.

On December 12, our twig hosted a social get-together on Zoom on the theme of
Gratitude as a Business Model. A lively discussion unrolled about local vendors and how we write to them, either real letters or e-cards. Some folks receive gifts and others send them. This is clearly Nicola Aquino’s lucky month, as she was the winner of the random draw of this cool book! She’ll be well-armed for any upcoming trivia battles.

Coming up
On Friday, January 22, 10:00 am–12:00 pm, CRA representative Charbel Saab will be re-offering an online presentation on preparing for tax season, which was originally given on November 25. Let us know if you’re planning to attend and we’ll send you the link.

Saturday, February 27: Raya Morrison will be talking to us about applying editing and quality assurance techniques to web material for increased accessibility. Raya is co-chair of Editors Toronto and editor-in-chief of Blood & Bourbon Press. Details of these events will be forthcoming.

Editors’ Vine
The Vine’s topic for December 3 and 5 was Gifts for Editors, a discussion of resources and tools editors find useful (and might also like to give or receive as gifts). The topic for January 7 and 9 will be Making Smart Choices, presented by national executive council treasurer Michelle Weitzman, and Jess Shulman of Editors Toronto.
Visit the members’ area 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.

And with that, your twig co-coordinators Becky Skillin and Margo Grant would like to wish you all a very happy, healthy and restful holiday, and all the best for a new & improved 2021!

Twig Talk – November 2020

Local news
•  Welcome to our newest members, Tere Mullin in Halifax, and Dominique Paquet in Dieppe, NB.
•  On Wednesday, November 25, CRA representative Charbel Saab gave an online presentation on preparing for tax season, which we opened to other branches and twigs. A PDF of Charbel’s presentation will be emailed to those attendees. For those who were unable to attend this session, we’ll be re-offering it on Friday, January 22.

Other twigs
•  The Newfoundland & Labrador twig has invited us to an online seasonal celebration with fun and games, Wednesday, December 2, 7:30–8:30 pm (that’d be 7:00–8:00 pm our time).

Coming up
•  Saturday, December 12 we’ll be hosting a social get-together on Zoom. It’ll be a sort of year in review/how’s everybody doing kind of thing, and we’re extending a particular invitation to our newest members. It would be really nice to see as many folks as our screens can hold!
•  January 22: the second CRA presentation
•  February 27: Raya Morrison will be talking to us about editing digital content. Raya is co-chair of Editors Toronto and editor-in-chief of Blood & Bourbon Press. Details of these events will be forthcoming.

Professional development
•  Editors Canada is offering a 50% off sale on webinar recordings purchased by November 30.
•  You can catch this live webinar on Wednesday, December 2: Business Planning for Freelancers.
•  A two-part French-language webinar is being offered beginning December 3: Les anglicismes au Québec: une question de variation

The Editors’ Vine/La vigne
The Vine’s topic for November 5 and 7 was Getting the Most from Style Sheets. Coming up on December 3 and 5 is Gifts for Editors, a discussion of resources and tools editors find useful (and might also like to give/receive as gifts). Visit the members’ area 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—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.

Twig Talk – October 2020

Local news
• Welcome to our newest member, Heddy Johannesen. Check out Heddy’s bio here.

National news
• The 2021 Editors Canada conference will now be held completely online rather than in Edmonton as originally planned. The Editors Canada Facebook group will reflect updates in conference planning, and conference Twitter accounts and web pages will be up and running as soon as possible.

Events
• The twig will be hosting an online CRA presentation November 25, 2020, and January 22, 2021.

Editors’ Vine
• The Vine’s October meetings showed how marketing is closely tied to the value we ascribe to our work. The topic for November 5 and 7 is Getting the most from style sheets. Visit the members’ area of the Editors Canada website for the schedule of upcoming meetings.

Professional development
• Editor Canada is offering four webinars between now and December 2, two in English and two in French. See the Editors Canada website for details.

Twig Talk – September 2020

The Editors’ Vine/La vigne
As previously mentioned in Twig Talk, The Editors’ Vine is a new initiative by Editors Canada to connect members who face barriers in attending twig or branch meetings. Two meetings with the same theme are held each month (on the first Thursday and the following Saturday) via Zoom. The October presentation, Prepositions and Profits: Three Powerful Approaches to Creating an Endless Supply of Clients, is set for Thursday, October 1 and Saturday, October 3. Visit Editors Canada for details.

Local news
• Wolfville Editors’ Bunch held their monthly meeting (in person!) on Thursday, September 17 at Troy restaurant in Wolfville.
• On Saturday, September 26 we held a well-attended informational Zoom meeting, Dollars and Sense, wherein twig members Margaret MacQuarrie and Anne Curry related what they’ve learned over the years about running a freelance editing business. We also had helpful input from Virginia McGowan and Nicola Aquino.
• On Saturday, October 24, twig member Alexandra Peace will be sharing her extensive knowledge of indexing, via Zoom. Members will be emailed login information in advance.

Professional development
• Editors Canada is offering a webinar on Tuesday, October 6: Productivity While Working From Home, and a two-part webinar, From Digital to Dollars with Social Media Marketing, on Tuesday, October 20 and Tuesday, October 27.
• Editors Hamilton–Halton are hosting a three-hour seminar on plain language on Saturday, October 17, led by Editors Canada director of training and development Greg Iannou. The seminar is free—members just need to register via Zoom. The session begins at 11:00 am Atlantic time, but people can join as early as 10:30 am Atlantic time if they wish to socialize. Non-members are also welcome for a $10 fee.

• 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.

 

 

 

 

Twig Talk – August 2020

CELEBRATE
•  July’s new members hail from Prince Edward Island, New Brunswick, and Nova Scotia. A hearty welcome goes to Maureen Duffy Cobb, Joan Allaby, and Jocelyn Pletz!
•  August’s Kahoot online trivia night was a hoot, and Georgia Atkin won The Little Book of Wildflower Whispers.

CONNECT
Twig meetings help us meet with Maritime colleagues, and getting together provides encouragement, new facts, and ideas. Twig meetings will be on Saturdays at 11:00 a.m.
•  September 26 – Dollars and Sense. What prices are trending and why? Speaking with a group of like-minded professionals can help us decide what to charge. What do you do in your own practice? What has worked? How do you break down jobs? This Zoom call will not be recorded, but it can serve new editors with the most pressing questions.
•  October 24 – Alexandra Peace on Indexing. What is indexing? Which programs provide training? How do I find my niche? How do I read the market? Know all these answers and more? Great! Add your experience to the conversation.

GROW
Editors Canada supports many ways to grow your editing career. Where are you along this path?
•  Glean the wisdom of others with Active Voice. It’s free!
•  Which publications would strengthen your editing practice?
•  Is certification a goal? The 2020 Editors Canada stylistic editing professional certification exam will be held on Saturday, November 21. Register now to be ready.

SERVE
Where are you in your career? Mentorship can help solidify learned experience while supporting new editors.

Twig Talk – July 2020

There’s not much to report these days!

New regional director
• Our new regional director of branches and twigs is Anne Godlewski of the Kitchener-Waterloo-Guelph twig. She’ll be taking over from both Anne Curry (east) and Shauna Babiuk (west).

The Editors’ Vine/La vigne
As mentioned in the June issue of Twig Talk, The Editors’ Vine is a new initiative by Editors Canada to connect members who face barriers in attending twig or branch meetings. Two meetings with the same theme are held each month (on the first Thursday and the following Saturday) via Zoom. Nova Scotia twig member Nicola Aquino is a moderator. Please contact vine@editors.ca for details. August meetings are set for Thursday, August 6 and Saturday, August 8. And there is now a virtual group for francophones; the next meeting will take place on Thursday, August 20. For more information on the French version, please email Agnès André at la_vigne@reviseurs.ca. English speakers are more than welcome to participate, but be aware that the meeting will be held in French.

Local news
• Wolfville Editors’ Bunch held a their monthly meeting on Monday, July 20, in the cool delight of Julie Cochrane’s backyard pool. Valley living at its finest!

Coming up
• Editors Canada is offering a webinar, Finding and Fixing Bloopers in Fiction with Amy Schneider on Thursday, July 30. http://training.editors.ca/upcoming_webinar/oops-finding-and-fixing-bloopers-in-fiction/
• Another Editors Canada webinar for editors who work in Spanish and English is being offered on Thursday, August 6: Clear Spanish Text in a Foreign Land: Is It Possible? http://training.editors.ca/upcoming_webinar/clear-spanish-text-in-a-foreign-land-is-it-possible/

• Becky and I are planning a fun online event for members — a Kahoot trivia game — for a date in August. Shoot us an email at novascotia.twig@editors.ca and let us know what’s preferable: day or evening, mid-week or weekend?

• Keep an eye on your email (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.

Twig Talk – June 2020

Editors Canada AGM
• This meeting was held on Saturday, June 20. It was conducted as a webinar and approximately 80 people attended. Minutes of the meeting will be posted on the Editors Canada website once they’re approved. Treasurer Michelle Weitzman’s slides may be included in this.
• Our own Alexandra Peace was awarded the Lee d’Anjou Volunteer of the Year! Alex’s many contributions include serving as national recording secretary for five years and as superb co-coordinator of the Nova Scotia twig. Nicole Watkins-Campbell will take on the role of recording secretary and Patricia MacDonald will continue as coordinator of volunteers.

New regional director
• This person-to-be-named will oversee all branches and twigs and will be replacing the two regional directors we have at present. Anne Curry has been eastern region rep—many thanks to Anne for her excellent, helpful service!

Conference refunds
• If you registered for the national conference, which was to have been held in Montreal this month and was COVID-cancelled, you may be wondering about a refund of your fee. Refunding has been a gradual process because of the cash flow situation in the national office. All refunds have been made now, except for those who paid by cheque. If you did not pay by cheque and have not received your refund, please contact executive director Natasha Bood at executivedirector@editors.ca.
• The 2021 conference is planned for Edmonton. Fingers crossed!

Local news
• Wolfville Editors’ Bunch held a their monthly meeting on Monday, June 22, via Zoom; the general twig monthly meeting was Saturday, June 27.
• PRO TIP: Shelley Egan mentioned that there is a sub-Reddit for grammar, which she finds really handy. You simply set up an account with Reddit and subscribe to the sub-edit.
• The art of the query also came up in conversation. Here’s a good blog post on that: https://westcoasteditors.com/the-art-of-the-query/

Coming up
• Editors Canada is offering a webinar, Choices Matter: Language in the 21st Century with Rhonda Kronyk on Thursday, July 9. http://training.editors.ca/upcoming_webinar/choices-matter-language-in-the-21st-century/
• Becky and I believe that the top two things our members want are more jobs and better skills, and we’ll be directing our efforts and activities toward supporting those needs. Keep an eye on your email (don’t forget your spam folder) and on our Facebook page (Editors in the Maritimes) for announcements regarding lunch meetings and other goings-on. We normally take a summer hiatus, but this has been an exceptional year, to say the least.

Twig Talk – May 2020

Halifax-area editors met virtually via Zoom on May 11, while the Wolfville Editors’ Bunch held their regular monthly lunch (via Zoom) on Wednesday, May 20.

We held our twig annual general meeting via Zoom on Saturday, May 30. It was attended by 12 members, including new member Candida Hadley, who was the lucky winner of the door prize draw: this cute little book-themed coffee mug.

Some highlights of the AGM
• Twig membership stands at 42 members, including five in PEI, seven in New Brunswick, two in Cape Breton, two in Antigonish, five in the Valley and the rest in the Halifax area. We gained nine new members over the past year but lost six.

• Our national rep, Anne Curry, brought us up to date on the status of the National Executive Council (NEC). It’s been a difficult year financially, and twigs and branches were asked to “forgive” some monies owed. This has helped to bring the organization back into balance.

• The financial report indicated the twig is in a healthy position. Margo Grant reported on income and expenses, including analytics on the ad we ran in allNovaScotia.com in February (see Twig Talk – March 2020).

• Jamie Serran is stepping down as twig co-coordinator and Becky Skillin has volunteered to take her place. Many thanks to Jamie for her organizational contributions over the past two years!

• The national conference, which was to have been in Montreal in June, was cancelled because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The 2021 conference will be in Edmonton.

• Twig member Nicola Aquino is a moderator of The Editors’ Vine, a new initiative by Editors Canada to connect members who face barriers in attending twig or branch meetings. Two meetings with the same theme are held each month (on the first Thursday and the following Saturday) via Zoom. Please contact vine@editors.ca for details.

Coming up
• Keep an eye on your email (check your spam folder) and on our Facebook page (Editors in the Maritimes) for announcements regarding lunch meetings and other goings-on.

• We’re hoping to get together a twig trivia team for some online competition. Stay tuned!

• Editors Canada is offering a webinar, How to Get Organized and Stay Productive When You Are Your Own Boss, on Saturday, June 16. Check it out here: http://training.editors.ca/upcoming_webinar/how-to-get-organized-and-stay-productive-when-you-are-your-own-boss/

• The Editors Canada national AGM is scheduled for Saturday, June 20 — via Zoom. Members have been/will be emailed login info.