Blue Pencil Series 2021: You’re Invited

You are invited to be part of Editors BC’s popular Blue Pencil series, now being held via Zoom. This change opens up the program to editors and authors outside the Lower Mainland.

Editors BC and the Vancouver Public Library (VPL) are again offering the public a series of free editing consultations. These popular events build awareness for Editors BC and are a great opportunity for editors to build their skills and connect with potential clients.

This season’s Blue Pencil sessions are happening on May 11 and June 8 (both Tuesdays). Appointment times are 6:00–6:45 pm, 6:45–7:30 pm, and 7:30–8:15 pm. Sessions will take place via Zoom. Following a brief welcome from the library, editors and authors will be assigned to private rooms to discuss their projects.

Authors sign up through VPL. They submit a one-page summary of their project, a question or concern for the editor to address, and up to 2,500 words of writing, at least a week before their scheduled consultation. The volunteer editor reviews the material and provides one to two pages of written feedback to be discussed during the half-hour session. Any actual editing of the submission is at the editor’s discretion; it is not a requirement.

Editors can sign up for one or more sessions, on one or more days. Signing up is easy!

  1. Click the link to sign up:
  2. Sign in with Facebook or your email address. No need to create an account or set a password.
  3. Review the available times and choose the one(s) you’d like to volunteer for.
  4. Provide your name and phone number (for use on the day-of-event contact list only).
  5. Save!

You will receive a confirmation email immediately after you sign up and a reminder email two days before the event.

As past participants shared in a January 2017 panel discussion, Blue Pencil sessions are a fun way to practice your editing skills and connect with potential clients. New editors are definitely welcome!

Questions? Email Kyle Hawke at

Editors BC member involvement in events like these is invaluable in promoting our craft and raising the profile of our profession. Your participation and commitment are sincerely appreciated.

Thank you!

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