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.

 

Twig Talk – April 2020

Inexplicably, given the lack of activity, April seems to have flown by!

• Halifax-area editors met virtually via Zoom on April 6, while the Wolfville Editors’ Bunch held their regular monthly lunch (via Zoom) on Wednesday, April 15.

• Branches and twigs met online on April 18. We’ll need to submit a budget request for the twig, based on our last few years’ expenditures and what we think we’ll need over the next year for any planned activities.

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

Events
Beginning May 4, Nicole Watkins-Campbell is offering Editing for Plainer Legal Writing online through PlainLanguageAcademy.com. Interested folks can register now at https://bit.ly/35MnGxS

Coming up
• Halifax editors will hold their regular lunch meeting (via Zoom) on Monday, May 11 rather than May 4.

• Editors Canada is offering a webinar, With Your Consent: The Unruly Realm of Copyright and Permissions, on Thursday, May 14. Check it out here: http://training.editors.ca/upcoming_
webinar/with-your-consent-the-unruly-realm-of-copyright-and-permissions/

• The Wolfville Editors’ Bunch will be holding their regular monthly lunch (via Zoom) on Wednesday, May 20.

• Our twig AGM has been re-scheduled for Saturday, May 30, so please plan to attend. That will be a Zoom meeting, as well, so watch for the invitation coming your way soon.

• The Editors Canada national AGM is scheduled for Saturday, June 20.

• National is seeking committee chairs and NEC directors. Anyone interested in these positions can contact Gael Spivak, who’s head of the nominating committee, at gspivak@gmail.com. Anyone who’s interested in joining a committee or volunteering in other ways should contact Patricia MacDonald at director_volunteers@editors.ca.

Submitted by twig co-coordinators Margo Grant and Jamie Serran

Twig Talk – March 2020

Here’s an update on twig activities for the past month. Sorry it’s a bit late!

Lunches
• The Wolfville Editors’ Bunch had to cancel their March meeting due to the coronavirus pandemic. A Zoom meeting is planned for Wednesday April 15.
• Halifax-area editors met virtually via Zoom on April 6 and plan to do it again on May 4. The first Monday of the month will be the new regular.
• Keep an eye out for announcements regarding lunch meetings in your email (check your spam folder) and on our Facebook page (Editors in the Maritimes).

Events
None, for obvious reasons, but if you have suggestions, we’re more than happy to hear them.

Coming up
• Our twig AGM is scheduled for Saturday, May 9, 2020. That will have to be a Zoom meeting, so more information on that later.
• The 2020 national conference, scheduled for June 19–21 in Montreal, has been cancelled. More information on that can be found at this link:

https://www.editors.ca/professional-development/conference/international-editors-conference-2020

Submitted by twig coordinator Margo Grant

Twig Talk – Report to Members – February 2020

Here’s an update on twig activities for the past month:

Lunches
• The Wolfville Editors’ Bunch continues to meet monthly for lunch. Many thanks to Julie Cochrane for organizing those.
• Halifax-area editors have been meeting monthly since October 2019 — we might be on a roll at last!
• Keep an eye out for announcements regarding lunch meetings in your email (check your spam folder) and on our Facebook page (Editors in the Maritimes).

Events
On January 18 we hosted a free info session, Tax Tips for Freelancers, presented by CPA Andrew Murphy, at the Alderney library. There was a good turnout, which generated a lot of questions and discussion. We’d like to put on more things like this – give us your suggestions as to what you’d be interested in seeing. We have a few ideas bubbling away on the back burner. And we have the tech tools to include members who aren’t in Halifax.

Trivia Night
Freeman’s in Fairview (3671 Dutch Village Road) hosts Trivia Night every Wednesday, starting at 7pm. Co-coordinator Jamie Serran is a regular and invites interested members to join her in making up a killer team of polymaths! Drop us a line via the twig email (novascotia.twig@editors.ca) if you’re interested.

Coming up
• Our twig AGM will be held Saturday, May 9, 2020. Location to be determined.
• The 2020 national conference is scheduled for June 19–21 in Montreal. If you attended last year’s conference here in Halifax, you’ll know it’s a great event.

AllNovaScotia ad
In an effort to raise the profile of our organization, as well as promote our list of
editors-for-hire, we placed an ad in the local business & politics online news site
AllNovaScotia.com. The two-part ad ran for 10 alternating days from February 3 to 28, and linked to the home page of our website. Analytics show that during the first week the ad appeared, there was a total of 80 page views, including 27 first-time hits and 12 returning hits. The numbers lessened over subsequent weeks, but activity was always higher on the days the ad appeared. As far as we know, two people were contacted for potential work as a result of the ad. By comparison, analytics for the previous year show zero new visitors to our website, so we can safely say the ads at least generated some attention.

Submitted by twig co-coordinators Margo Grant and Jamie Serran