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Excel Tips for Self-Employed Editors with Maya Berger

When: January 28, 2023, from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm

Where: Online via Zoom

When a client approaches you about a new editing job, wouldn’t it be great if you had a tool to help you:

  • quote a fair rate and accurate time frame for the project;
  • track whether you get paid on time;
  • compare your estimated hourly rate and editing speed with your actual rate and speed; and
  • analyze how valuable this client is to your business?
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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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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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March 16, 2022: Cookbook Editing from a Proofreader’s Perspective

What: Editors BC monthly meeting
When: Wednesday, March 16, 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

Join us for a conversation about proofreading cookbooks led by Merel Elsinga.  

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Conscious Language with Crystal Shelley: An interview

Interview by Marta Orellana; copy edited by Patricia Tomaszewski 

As editors, we have a knack for words. We can guide writers to express their thoughts and ideas with more clarity. And we can help to ensure that the language used is free of bias and harm. 

So, being familiar with inclusive and conscious language is an important part of our profession, and Editors BC’s upcoming professional development seminar with Crystal Shelley will help editors become more proficient in identifying potential harm.

Let’s meet our presenter, Crystal Shelley.  

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February 16, 2022: Prize-Winning Editing with Shirarose Wilensky, winner of the 2021 Tom Fairley Award for Editorial Excellence

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

Meet Shirarose Wilensky (she/her) and hear about her prize-winning edit of Francesca Ekwuyasi’s Butter Honey Pig Bread, an intergenerational novel about three Nigerian women, with themes of food, family, and forgiveness.

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Questions to Ask a Poetry Editor: An interview with Ruth Daniell

Interview by Marta Orellana; copy edited by Claire Majors

Over the course of two days in January 2022, poetry editor Ruth Daniell will lead an Editors BC online seminar entitled “Questions to Ask a Poem: The Basics of Poetry Editing.” Attendees will explore the best ways to support poets and will learn the four key questions to ask any poem.

Let’s meet Ruth Daniell!

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Editing Research Grant Proposals: An interview with our guest speaker, Letitia Henville 

Interview by Marta Orellana; copy edited by Janet Millar

On January 19, Letitia Henville will start off our 2022 monthly member meetings with a presentation on a specific subset of academic editing—editing research grant proposals. She will be sharing tips and tricks with those interested in or already working in this field. 

Let’s get to know our presenter!

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January 19, 2022: Editing Academic Research Grant Proposals

What: Editors BC monthly meeting
When: Wednesday, January 19, 2022, 7:30–8:30 pm PST
Where: Online through Zoom
Cost: Free for Editors Canada members, $10 for non-members, and $5 for student non-members

Join us for a conversation about editing research grant proposals led by Letitia Henville (she/her), an award-winning instructor and academic editor.

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