Twig Talk – January 2022

TWIG NEWS
• A warm welcome to our newest members, Kim Doucet Boyer in Bathurst, NB, Sharon Gareau in Gander, NL, Camille Croteau in PEI, and Sherry Leclerc in Sydney, NS. We hope to see you face-to-face in the near future.
• Twig website update: Our wonderful website committee is hard at work with designer Marsha Amanova. A special thanks to Patti Simmons, who has taken a leading role as point-person between the committee and Marsha.

SOCIAL EVENTS
The Wolfville Editors’ Bunch met via Zoom on Tuesday, January 25 for a welcome visit, with a few non-Valley residents joining in. Note that these WEB meetings are open to anyone, Valley resident or not.

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT
• We had a great turnout for the CRA presentation on tax tips for sole proprietors and small businesses on Friday, January 21.
• We have lined up Letitia Henville of the British Columbia branch of Editors Canada to give us a presentation on editing academic research grants. This will take place on Wednesday, March 23, 2022 at 7:30 pm (8:00 pm Newfoundland time). Let us know if you’d like to attend and we’ll send you the Zoom link.
• We’re always looking ahead to plan sessions for 2022, so let us know what you’d like to see and any ideas you have for events and presentations. If you have an area of expertise that you’d be willing to share as a presenter, we’d be delighted to hear from you! We aim to have at least one offering per month.
• If anyone is preparing to write an Editors Canada certification exam, or thinking about it, we can try to facilitate study groups.

NATIONAL NEWS
• As of March 1, 2022, membership fees will be increasing, but they are very small increases, ranging from $1 for student affiliates to $11.50 for two-year memberships.
• Members now have free access to the Oxford Reference Online Premium Collection by logging on to the Editors Canada website.
• There is still opportunity to volunteer for the 2022 national conference, May 27–29. This will be a hybrid in-person/online event, with the in-person events taking place in Edmonton. Find out how to get involved.
• Has anyone achieved certification or received professional recognition or published a book? Shoot us an e-mail with announcements to share. We want to hear from you.

Keep an eye on your e-mail (be sure to check your spam folder) and on our Facebook page, Editors Atlantic, for announcements regarding lunches, meetings, presentations, and other goings-on.

Twig Talk – December 2021

TWIG NEWS

  • A warm welcome to our newest members, Lesley Carson in Hubbards, NS, and Stephanie Moise, who has transferred to Halifax from the Ottawa-Gatineau branch.
  • A warm and very appreciative welcome to our new twig co-chair, Heather White. Heather is also a recent newcomer to the twig and has an extensive background in magazine editing. She kindly agreed to step into the role so that Sandy Newton could “retire.” After seven years as coordinator of the former Newfoundland twig and a co-chair of the fledgling Atlantic twig, Sandy is ready for a break. Many thanks to Sandy for her great ideas, enthusiasm and competence!
  • Twig website update: The twig website committee (Sue MacLeod, Alex Peace, Molly Rookwood, Patti Simmons and Andrew Wetmore) has engaged the services of Atlantic-based web developer/designer Marsha Amanova of Rising Tide Creative, to begin work on the twig website in January 2022. In light of anticipated changes to Editors Canada’s national website, the work will entail amalgamating information from the NS and NL websites and developing a searchable list of Editors Canada editors in the Atlantic region.

SOCIAL EVENTS

  • It was great to virtually share a libation and chit-chat with the dozen or so members who came to the online seasonal social Wednesday, December 8.
  • The Wolfville-area members met for lunch on Tuesday, December 14 at Troy restaurant for “pleasant conversation and a modicum of professional development.”

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

  • Back by popular demand! On Friday, January 21, 2022, reps from the Canada Revenue Agency will be reprising their presentation on tax tips for sole proprietors and small businesses. The presentation will be held on Microsoft Teams from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm. To RSVP and receive the link to the presentation, e-mail us at atlantic@editors.ca.
  • We’re always looking ahead to planning sessions for 2022, so let us know what you’d like to see and any ideas you have for events and presentations. We aim to have at least one offering per month.

NATIONAL NEWS

  • As of March 1, 2022, membership fees will be increasing, but they are very small increases, ranging from $1 for student affiliates to $11.50 for two-year memberships.
  • Members now have free access to the Oxford Reference Online Premium Collection by logging on to the Editors Canada website.
  • There is still opportunity to volunteer for the 2022 national conference, May 27–29. This will be an in-person/online hybrid event, with the in-person events taking place in Edmonton. Find out how to get involved.

Has anyone achieved certification or received recognition or published a book? Shoot us an e-mail with announcements to share. We want to hear from you.

Keep an eye on your e-mail (be sure to check your spam folder) and on our Facebook page, Editors Atlantic, for announcements regarding lunches, meetings, presentations, and other goings-on.

 

Twig Talk – November 2021

REPORT TO ATLANTIC TWIG MEMBERS  •  NOVEMBER 2021

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

  • TODAY—November 29—is the last day to take advantage of Editors Canada’s half-price sale on recorded webinars. Act now!
  • Something Wikid This Way Came: On November 17, Jenny Higgins gave us a spirited presentation on the wonderful world of Wikipedia. In 2019, Jenny was Wikipedian-in-residence at Memorial University’s Centre for Newfoundland Studies.
  • Next twig session: Back by popular demand! On January 21, 2022, Canada Revenue Agency reps will be back again to give us tax tips for sole proprietors and small businesses. To RSVP and receive the link to the presentation, e-mail us at atlantic@editors.ca.

TWIG NEWS

  • Twig website update: The website committee (Sue MacLeod, Alex Peace, Molly Rookwood, Patti Simmons and Andrew Wetmore) has reviewed proposals from prospective web designers and has settled on a preferred supplier. The committee is in consultation with Editors Canada’s national website re-design task force to ensure compatibility.

SOCIAL EVENTS
Holiday season is imminent, so we’re planning an online social for the evening of Wednesday, December 8. (More deets to come this week.) While we hope to be able to gather in person a lot more often in the new year, we would truly love to see as many members as possible for this event. We’re also happy to help facilitate in-person gatherings with Doodle polls and outreach if needed.

NATIONAL NEWS
Working with other members from across the country is a really broadening experience. Editors Canada is looking for committee volunteers for the 2022 conference, May 27–29. This will be an in-person/online hybrid event, with the in-person events taking place in Edmonton. The level of commitment varies but is generally about 5–10 hours per month. Volunteers are required in the following areas: communications, social media, speakers, sponsorship, local experience, vendor fair, volunteer coordinator, and website. E-mail conference_chair@editors.ca if you have questions or would like to volunteer.

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We’re looking ahead to planning sessions for 2022, so let us know what you’d like to see and any ideas you have for events and presentations.

Has anyone achieved certification or received recognition or published a book? Shoot us an e-mail with announcements to share. We want to hear from you.

Keep an eye on your email (be sure to check your spam folder) and on our Facebook page, Editors Atlantic, for announcements regarding lunches, meetings, presentations, and other goings-on.

You can also engage in conversation with other editors 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 – October 2021

REPORT TO ATLANTIC TWIG MEMBERS  •  OCTOBER 2021

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

  • Our September presentation by Alan Sheppard, production editor at Goose Lane Editions in Fredericton, was a resounding success.
  • Our October event with Deirdre Greene-Lono was totally engrossing. Deirdre spoke about the nature of her work in the 1980s as a researcher and lexicographer with the Oxford English Dictionary, Oxford University Press, and other publications.
  • Coming up on Wednesday, November 17, is a presentation by Jenny Higgins, who was recently the Wikipedian-in-residence at the Centre for Newfoundland Studies at Memorial University. 6:30 pm Atlantic time, 7:00 pm NL time. E-mail atlantic@editors.ca for the Zoom link.

TWIG NEWS

  • We have no new members this month.
  • A lovely cohort of twig members has volunteered to steer the production of a new twig website. MANY, MANY THANKS to Sue MacLeod, Alex Peace, Molly Rookwood, Patti Simmons and Andrew Wetmore.
  • And speaking of volunteers, we’re looking for at least one new co-chair to take over from Sandy Newton and Margo Grant, who both need to be handing over their roles to new folks by the end of this year. Molly Rookwood is a star, but even SHE CAN’T DO IT ALONE! Co-chairs from PEI, New Brunswick, and Newfoundland & Labrador would be ideal, of course, but not essential. New members especially will find being a twig co-chair a great networking experience. E-mail us at atlantic@editors.ca if you’re ready, able, and willing!

SOCIAL EVENTS
It’s great to at last be able to get out and see each other again in real life, at least in Nova Scotia. Six members of the Halifax contingent met on October 5 and the Wolfville Editors’ Bunch got together on October 20. We encourage members from other areas to organize in-person events of their own and we are happy to help with Doodle polls and outreach if needed.

NATIONAL NEWS
Editors Canada is looking for committee volunteers for the 2022 conference, May 27–29. This annual event is a much-anticipated highlight in EAC calendar. This year’s conference will be an in-person/online hybrid, with the in-person events taking place in Edmonton. Volunteers are required in the following areas: communications, social media, speakers, sponsorship, local experience, vendor fair, volunteer coordination, and website. The time commitment varies but is generally about 5–10 hours per month. E-mail conference_chair@editors.ca if you have questions or would like to be involved. It’s a great way to get acquainted with other Editors Canada members across the country.

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We’ll be looking ahead to the winter sessions soon, so let us know your thoughts and any ideas for events and presentations. Shoot us an E-mail with announcements to share at atlantic@editors.ca. Keep an eye on your E-mail (be sure to check your spam folder) and on our Facebook page, Editors Atlantic, for announcements regarding lunches, meetings, presentations, and other goings-on.

Engage in conversation with other editors 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.

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Twig Talk is produced by Editors Atlantic, a regional twig of the Editors Association of Canada, for its members. The twig can be reached at atlantic@editors.ca.

Twig Talk – September 2021

REPORT TO ATLANTIC TWIG MEMBERS  •  SEPTEMBER 2021

We hope everyone had a wonderful summer. After our own hiatus we’re back on track with planned events and online presentations for our members.

A warm welcome to our new members Claire Bennet and Amber Tucker in Halifax, Steven Watt in St. John’s, and Margaret MacQuarrie in Dartmouth. We’ll miss our former co-chair Becky Skillin, who relocated to Jordan in June.

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

We have lined up Alan Sheppard, production editor at Goose Lane Editions in Fredericton, to give us a Zoom presentation on Wednesday September 29, 8:00 pm Atlantic time, 8:30 pm NL time. Alan will be explaining what he looks for when hiring a freelance editor. Email us for the Zoom link if you want to attend.

In October, we are hoping to have a presentation by Deirdre Greene-Lono on her work with the Oxford English Dictionary. Stay tuned for more info on that.

Editors Canada has scheduled a webinar for October 19Introducing The Chicago Manual of Style for PerfectIt! This is one not to be missed.

Jenny Higgins, who was recently the Wikipedian-in-Residence at the Centre for Newfoundland Studies at Memorial University, will give us a presentation on writing and editing entries on that online encyclopedia. November 17, 6:30 pm Atlantic time, 7:00 pm NL time.

TWIG NEWS

Congratulations to Claire Wilkshire of St. John’s, whose second book, a collection of short fiction called The Love Olympics, is due for release October 10.

We’ve polled our members to see what support there is for dropping our local websites and being folded entirely into the new and improved Editors Canada website, which is expected to be completed by the end of 2022, OR for maintaining our own new and improved website, separate from but linked to the national site. So far there is strong support for creating our own Editors Atlantic website, which will continue to feature the popular Find an Editor page with free listings for members. We do have the financial capacity to do this, as well as a small team of wonderful volunteers willing to steer the project.

And speaking of volunteers, we’re also looking for a new twig co-chair to work with Molly Rookwood and Sandy Newton. Drop us a line at atlantic@editors.ca if you’re up for the gig. It would be ideal to have a co-chair who’s in PEI or New Brunswick.

SOCIAL EVENTS

The very resilient Wolfville Editors’ Bunch has managed to continue to meet online and in person throughout the pandemic. Following their lead, the Halifax contingent of the twig has planned a social event for Tuesday, October 5, 5:00–6:00 pm, at the Lion’s Head Tavern rooftop deck—fingers crossed for good weather and no drastic Covid restrictions. We encourage members from other areas to organize in-person get-togethers of their own and are happy to help with Doodle polls and outreach if needed.

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We’ll be looking ahead to the winter sessions soon, so let us know your thoughts and any ideas for events and presentations. Shoot us an email with announcements to share at atlantic@editors.ca. Keep an eye on your email (be sure to check your spam folder) and on our Facebook page, Editors Atlantic, for announcements regarding lunches, meetings, presentations, and other goings-on.

Engage in conversation with other editors 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 – June 2021

WHAT’S NEW

  • The merger between the Newfoundland & Labrador twig and the Nova Scotia twig is a fait accompli! We’re now the Atlantic twig or Editors Atlantic. Our new email address is atlantic@editors.ca. On Twitter we’re @EditorsAtlantic and you can find us on Facebook at Editors Atlantic. Your three co-chairs are Sandy Newton, Molly Rookwood, and Margo Grant.
  • We are now looking to hire a web designer to create a new web page that will incorporate the important info of both twigs and be our public face in the future. Meanwhile, the sites of both former twigs will remain in operation.
  • The Wolfville Editors’ Bunch met June 23 via Zoom, and will meet again on Wednesday, July 21, in person if weather permits or online if not.
  • We have no formal events planned for the summer months but will keep you updated on any informal twig socials.
  • The Editors Canada insurance task force is looking for a leader. The task force is researching insurance carriers to offer a life and health insurance package for members. Contact Patricia MacDonald if you’re interested in getting involved or would like more info.

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

  • On Saturday, June 5 we hosted an online workshop by Virginia McGowan, The Art and Science of Mentoring: A Guide for Editors. Many thanks to Ginny for volunteering her time and knowledge!
  • Check out three upcoming Editors Canada webinars.
  • The Editors Canada 2021 national conference, Editors 21: Editors Transform, wrapped up on June 13. Those who attended have access to session recordings until September 30, 2021.
  • Editors Canada professional certification exams on proofreading and structural editing will be held Saturday, November 20, 2021. Registration opens in July.

Twig Talk – May 2021

WHAT’S NEW

First of all, a warm welcome to our newest members, all in Nova Scotia: Karen Crouse in Sydney, Andrew Wetmore in Smiths Cove, and Heather White in Halifax.

BIG NEWS is our merger with the Newfoundland & Labrador twig! We polled our respective memberships and got the thumbs up, and the national executive council voted unanimously to accept our proposal. So, hello and welcome to all the Newfoundland & Labrador members! We’ll now be known as the Atlantic twig or Editors Atlantic. Our email address will change, as will our Facebook and Twitter handles, and we’ll be creating a new web page to incorporate the important info of both twigs, such as the Editors for Hire list and upcoming events. With Zoom as a new fact of life, we’ll be able to easily meet all together formally and to continue to meet informally in our smaller groups. Co-chairs Molly Rookwood, Margo Grant, and Sandy Newton of NL will roll out the changes as smoothly as we possibly can—please have patience!

The Wolfville Editors’ Bunch met May 18 via Zoom.

We held a casual noontime social via Zoom on May 8 and are planning another for Saturday, June 12. We’re hoping to see some new faces along with the regulars.

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

On Saturday, June 5, we’ll be hosting an online workshop by Virginia McGowan, The Art and Science of Mentoring: A Guide for Editors. Email us at novascotia.twig@editors.ca for the Zoom link.

Upcoming Editors Canada webinars: Editing in Another World, June 23, and Introduction à la révision linguistique à l’aide de Google Documents, June 29.

Registration is still open for the Editors Canada 2021 national conference, Editors 21: Editors Transform, scheduled for the weekend of June 12 & 13. This all-online conference has some terrific offerings—check out the exciting line-up.

Let us know your thoughts and ideas. Shoot us an email at novascotia.twig@editors.ca (for now). Keep an eye on your email (be sure to check your spam folder) and on our Facebook page (with the new name of Editors Atlantic) 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 – April 2021

WHAT’S NEW 

  • Update on Editors Canada server issues. As a consequence of this, we’ve set up a new twig email address: editors.maritimes@gmail.com.
  • Registration is 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. Check out the exciting line-up.
  • Editors Canada announced their new Equity Fellowship to be awarded annually to support editors, including those who are BIPOC (Black, Indigenous and people of colour), 2SLGBTQIA+, neurodiverse and disabled.

WE DID IT

  • The Wolfville Editors’ Bunch met April 13.
  • On Saturday, April 10, we held our AGM. Minutes of the meeting can be found here.
  • On Saturday, April 24 we hosted a presentation by Kaitlin Littlechild on Indigenous terminology. That Zoom recording is available to members on request by emailing editors.maritimes@gmail.com

SAVE THE DATE

  • On Saturday, May 8 we’ll be having an informal editors’ lunch for all members at 12:00 pm via Zoom.
  • The next Wolfville Editors’ Bunch lunch will be on Tuesday, May 18 at 12:00 pm via Zoom.
  • On Saturday, May 29, we’ll be hosting a presentation by Virginia McGowan on mentoring. Details will be available soon.

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

  • Hone your skills with Editors Canada’s webinars; there are four new ones coming up in May. Check them out here.

 

LET US KNOW YOUR THOUGHTS AND IDEAS. Contributions are welcome. Shoot us an email any time at our new address, editors.maritimes@gmail.com. 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 – March 2021

WHAT’S NEW
• We extend a warm welcome to our newest members, Jennifer MacLeod, in Lunenburg, and Katherine McDougall, in Greenfield, NS.

• On February 27, Editors Canada had a major server problem that took all association websites and email offline, which is why our members haven’t been receiving email from the twig address. Go here for the latest update.

• Registration is 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. Check out the exciting line-up. Follow the Facebook postings for the latest news.

WE DID IT
• The Wolfville Editors’ Bunch met March 10 for a nice, chatty online lunch.

• On March 13, members met online for a rousing game of STET! Dreyer’s English, expertly facilitated by soon-to-be co-chair Molly Rookwood. Patricia MacDonald scored 17.5 of 18 points and received Dutch Oven: A Cookbook of Coveted Traditional Recipes from the Kitchens of Lunenburg as a prize.

STET! Dreyer's English

SAVE THE DATE
• On Saturday, March 27, we’ll be hosting an informal discussion of Indigenous-related editing experiences. Bring your questions from this discussion to April’s chat (Saturday, April 24), which will be led by fellow twig member Kaitlin Littlechild.

• Hone your skills with Editors Canada’s webinars; there’s a free one on March 30: Five Steps for Coping with Burnout, presented by Sagan Morrow.

• The twig AGM is scheduled for Saturday, April 10. There are several motions up for discussion, as well as at least one new co-chair to vote in, so we hope to see a screenfull of members Zooming in.

EDITORS’ VINE
The Vine for Thursday, April 8 (8:00 pm) and Saturday, April 10 (2:00 pm) will be a presentation by Sue Archer on career building. 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.

 

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 – 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.