Let’s Chat

Nova Scotia Twig co-coordinators, Jamie and Margo, have been making plans for the membership. We’d like to share our ideas with you at an informal gathering, where we can invite your thoughts and comments. Lunch and beverages will be provided. (BYOB if you like—it’s a social.)

In addition, new member Jena Parsons will give a presentation on search engine optimization. Explore how to write and edit content to boost SEO online. This session will help you and your clients get noticed on the web. You will learn how to:

  • identify how readers interact with online content
  • conform content to google algorithms
  • build basic SEO skills
  • use SEO skills to make yourself more marketable.

And Margaret MacQuarrie will walk us through the vexations of editing PDFs in Adobe Acrobat.

We’re really looking forward to welcoming our new members, catching up with not-new ones, and exchanging info and ideas with everyone. We’ll be able to hook you up digitally if you can’t attend in person—let us know if you want to join us this way.

Saturday, November 24, 2018
11:00 am to 4:00 pm
Monaghan West, 4th Floor
6140 Young Street, Halifax

Please RSVP to novascotia.twig@editors.ca by November 20. Also please inform us of any food allergies/sensitivities. We aim to please!

Stylistic Editing and Cite It Right Workshops

On Friday, March 2, 2018, Editors Nova Scotia presented two half-day workshops with Carolyn Brown, Certified Professional Editor and Editor in the Life Sciences.

Carolyn is a scientific and medical writer, editor and publishing consultant with 18 years’ experience at Canada’s two largest scientific publishers. In her current consulting work, she writes articles on medical topics for Nature and the Canadian Medical Association Journal, and edits journal articles, technical reports and fact sheets for the public in a variety of sciences. She has taught scientists in Mexico how to write articles for journal publication. Her own training includes the Banff Science Communications course, led by noted science popularizer Jay Ingram. She is an accredited Editor in the Life Sciences through the Board of Editors in the Life Sciences and a Certified Professional Editor through Editors Canada. She is the author of the chapter on citation in Editing Canadian English, 3rd edition, and a perennial seminar leader.

From 9 a.m. to noon Carolyn focused on stylistic editing. Editors Canada’s professional editorial standards define stylistic editing as “editing to clarify meaning, improve flow, and smooth language.” It is the domain of those editors who want to communicate: to get the message from the author to the reader accurately, honestly, and even elegantly. It also relies on developing that rare commodity, editorial judgment.

Expectations for stylistic editing can vary widely. This seminar looked at how stylistic editing is done in a variety of publishing settings. Some of the topics covered were:

The context for stylistic editing

How can editors adapt to the needs of their employers and clients?

Who are the readers, and how does that determine the approach to stylistic editing?

What is the medium, and how does that affect the approach?

Who is the author, and how will the stylistic editor communicate and negotiate with the author?

Judgment in approaching editing decisions

Paragraph-level decisions (length, structure, logical flow, connection with other paragraphs)

Sentence-level decisions (length, sentence construction, logical flow, connectors, as well as common problems such as passive voice, noun strings, etc.)

Word-level decisions (word choice geared to readers, omission of unnecessary words)

This seminar involved tales from the trenches (Carolyn is a masterful and highly entertaining storyteller!), lively discussions, and hands-on exercises. An enriching and informative session devoted to our craft.

From 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. the focus was on Citing It Right.

For writers and editors of any scholarly work, understanding citation is critical. Having a good grasp of the elements of citation helps writers and editors move seamlessly from one citation system to another. This seminar took participants through the principles of citation and reviewed major citation systems. We discussed reference management software and looked at editing approaches.

The event was held at the very funky 1313 Hollis Street in downtown Halifax. Delicious coffee, treats, and lunch were provided by Norbert’s Good Food.

Treats and lunch provided by Norbert’s Good Food
Some of the attendees of the workshop with Carolyn Brown
March 2018 workshop with Carolyn Brown, attendees

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.

 

 

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!