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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. English speakers are more than welcome to participate, but be aware that the meeting will be held in French.
• 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!
• 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 email@example.com 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.
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!
• 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
• The 2021 conference is planned for Edmonton. Fingers crossed!
• 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/
• 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.
Around the Virtual Table: How Has Your Editing Developed Recently?
Let’s do takeaway for elevenses. Maybe you call it “second breakfast.” Regardless, what takeaways from recent webinars, edits, successes, and mistakes(!) have proven to be helpful?
Quotes, discoveries, large wheels of cheese, and pots of tea are all welcome as we meet up to discuss where we are in this new season.
The WEB will be meeting via Zoom on Monday, June 22 at 1:00 pm.
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 email@example.com for details.
• 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.
The Nova Scotia twig of Editors Canada will be holding our annual general meeting via Zoom on Saturday, May 30 from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm, Atlantic time.
Login information and an agenda will be emailed to all twig members, and all are welcome to join in.
Please let us know if you plan to attend by posting on our Facebook page, Editors in the Maritimes, or send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org
The Wolfville-area editors will be gathering for their regular monthly lunch on Wednesday, May 20 at 12:00 pm, via Zoom. Login info will be sent by email.
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).
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
• 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_
• 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 email@example.com. Anyone who’s interested in joining a committee or volunteering in other ways should contact Patricia MacDonald at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Submitted by twig co-coordinators Margo Grant and Jamie Serran
Halifax-area editors will be gathering for a virtual lunch meeting via Zoom on Monday, May 11, 2020 at 12:00 pm. Members can check their email for login info.