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April 7, 2013: EAC-BC seminar: Grammar Boot Camp

Want to flex your grammar (and punctuation and usage) muscles? This intensive seminar will put you through the paces. Focusing on high-level errors—the ones that make it past editors and proofreaders and into print—this one-day session will help you identify and fix the most puzzling mistakes in grammar, punctuation, and usage. We’ll look at errors from a range of publications, discuss up-to-date approaches to correcting them, and run through a series of challenging editing exercises. Feel free to bring along any difficult examples you’ve encountered on the job.

About the instructor: Frances Peck has been working with words for more than two decades, whether writing them, editing them, or teaching people about them. Author of Peck’s English Pointers (available through the Language Portal of Canada) and a co-author of the popular HyperGrammar website, she teaches editing at Douglas College and Simon Fraser University. She is a partner with West Coast Editorial Associates and a member of the EAC-BC executive.

  • Time: 9h00–16h00
  • Cost: $100 for EAC members who register by March 22, 2013 (after: $120); $160 for non-members who register by March 22, 2013 (after: $180)
  • Location: University of Victoria, 3800 Finnerty Road (Ring Road), Victoria
  • Registration: closes March 29, 2013, at 17h00


April 13, 2013: EAC-BC seminar: PubPro 2013: An Unconference for Managing Editors and Publication Production Specialists

Publishers often meet to discuss sales, marketing, and digital strategies, but very rarely do the people who actually make the publications happen get to gather and brain share. This EAC-BC seminar will offer managing editors and production specialists the opportunity to meet others in their role and learn from one another.

Whether you’re interested in finding out how others approach freelancer recruitment, training, and scheduling or have a success story to share about streamlining workflow or project management, PubPro will be your forum to air your production-related questions and triumphs. FAQs. PubPro 2013: Behind the scenes with Iva Cheung.

  • Time: 9h30–16h30 (check-in starts at 9h15)
  • Cost (includes lunch): $40 for EAC members who register by March 22, 2013 (after: $55); $50 for non-members who register by March 22, 2013 (after: $65)
  • Location: SFU Vancouver, 515 West Hastings Street, Vancouver
  • Registration (closes at midnight, April 5, 2013)
  • Event hashtag: #PubPro2013


April 17, 2013: EAC-BC meeting: The Good, the Bad, and the “That Could Have Gone Better” about Subcontracting

Subcontracting is a great way to farm out work when you’ve got too much due at the same time. For new editors, it’s a chance to get started in the business. How do you venture into subcontracting, and what pleasures and pitfalls might you encounter along the way? Join three editors—Patricia Anderson, Amelia Gilliland, and Eve Rickert—for a lively panel discussion of what works and what doesn’t, no matter which side of the subcontract you’re on. Moderated by Frances Peck, EAC-BC programs co-chair, the panel will end with general Q&A, so bring along those questions you’ve always meant to ask.

About the panellists: Patricia Anderson, Ph.D., is a cultural history and publishing studies scholar, book author, and editor of fiction and nonfiction. Her editing and literary consulting business, Helping You Get Published, has been online for 14 years, during which time she has hired a number of editorial subcontractors. She is writing a guide to successful publication for conventional and self-publishing book authors that will include a chapter on the importance of professional editing.

Amelia Gilliland has been editing fiction and nonfiction books for seven years. She has an editing certificate from SFU’s Writing and Publishing Program, worked in-house at Douglas & McIntyre and Arsenal Pulp Press, and subcontracts for West Coast Editorial Associates. An experienced substantive editor, copy editor, and proofreader, she has focused on editing fiction for the past few years. She frequently works with self-publishing authors.

A certified stylistic editor, copy editor, and proofreader with 10 years of experience, Eve Rickert owns Talk Science to Me Communications Inc. Her firm provides à la carte services such as writing, editing, indexing, illustration, design, and Web development, as well as teams to complete projects from start to finish. The firm relies on freelance associates to provide clients with the skills they need at a price they can afford.

  • Time: 19h00–21h00
  • Cost: free for EAC members; $10 for non-members; $5 for students with valid ID
  • Location: YWCA on Hornby, 535 Hornby Street, Welch Room, 4th floor, Vancouver
  • Registration: at the door


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