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Jennifer Lawler on pursuing an editing career: “Just go out there and do it!

Interview by Lola Opatayo; copy edited by Naomi Dobler

Editors BC is pleased to welcome Jennifer Lawler, this month’s seminar facilitator and successful editing tutor, to share lessons learned from her teaching career and business tips for prospective editors.

Thank you for taking the time to chat with us. Let’s begin with your journey into teaching. What inspired you to start teaching other editors?

I fell into it! It wasn’t anything I intended to start doing. I began my career a long time ago teaching English literature at the university level, and I’ve always loved being a teacher, but working as a freelance editor (and writer) fit into my life much better.

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From Editor to Author: A Journey in Several Parts

What:    Editors BC monthly meeting
When:   Wednesday, November 16, 2022, 7:30 to 8:30 pm PST
Where:  Online through Zoom
Cost: ​     Free for Editors Canada members
​               $10 for non-members
​               $5 for student non-members

For three decades, Frances Peck was a successful behind-the-scenes wordsmith, working on other people’s publications as an editor, ghostwriter, and rewriter. She also taught over 10,000 people how to get better at editing and writing. Then she decided it was time to return to her youthful passion—writing fiction. At our November meeting, Frances will discuss her journey from hidden editor to published author, fielding questions on writing, editing, and publishing.

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Diving into Development: Introduction to the Developmental Editing of Fiction with Jennifer Lawler

When: Saturday, November 5 and Sunday, November 6, 2022, 10:00 am to 1:00 pm PT
Where: Online via Zoom

“Diving into Development” will discuss the basics of developmental editing and how it is performed by freelance editors. We’ll look at how to spot common developmental problems in fiction, using the fundamentals of storytelling (from a Western perspective) as the lens through which we evaluate fiction manuscripts.

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Show and Tell, Meet Your 2022–2023 Executive, and Upcoming Programs and Professional Development Schedule

What: Editors BC monthly meeting
When: Wednesday, September 21, 2022, 7:30–8:30 pm PT
Where: Online through Zoom
Cost: Free for Editors Canada members
$10 for non-members
$5 for student non-members

Welcome back to the monthly Editors BC meetings. Join us on Zoom at 7:30 pm PT, and don’t forget to BYO wine and cheese!

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Editors BC Student Networking Event

What: Student networking event for Editors BC student affiliate members
When: Wednesday, May 4, 2022, 7:15 to 8:45 pm PDT

Where: Online through Zoom
Cost: Free

You’re invited to a 90-minute online networking event on Wednesday, May 4, to meet other student affiliates, share your knowledge and successes, and learn from your peers.

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April 20, 2022: Trauma-Informed Editing with Iva Cheung

What: Editors BC monthly meeting
When: Wednesday, April 20, 2022, 7:30–8:30 pm PDT
Where: Online through Zoom
Cost: Free for Editors Canada members, $10 for non-members, and $5 for student non-members

Trauma-informed practice began in mental health care as a way to acknowledge the role that trauma can play in a person’s decisions, reactions, and life course. The goal of trauma-informed practice is to create a safe environment that (a) avoids re-traumatizing people and (b) removes barriers that people who’ve experienced trauma might encounter. 

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Niche Editing: An interview with Merel Elsinga about editing cookbooks

Interview by Marta Orellana; copy edited by Lola Opatayo

Merel Elsinga

Ever been interested in exploring a particular niche?

This month, Merel Elsinga will be joining us at our monthly member meeting to talk about her experience proofreading cookbooks and how she got started.

Let’s meet Merel!

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