MARCH SPEAKER’S NIGHT PRESENTATION – Making our readers’ lives easier

Don’t miss Dominique Joseph on March 18, 7:30 p.m.

Bring your experience as reader, writer and editor to the discussion! First, we’ll look at how people use documents in their everyday lives. (A clue: they don’t always read everything from beginning to end, as you well know!) We’ll then explore a few techniques, including point-first writing and the bite-snack-meal approach, and discuss when they can be useful. I’ll also share with you a great tool to stay focused on the readers and purpose of a document.

When: Wednesday, March 18, 7:30 p.m.
Where: Capital Hill Hotel & Suites, 88 Albert Street

Free for members, $10 for non-members
Pre-registration is not required for this event

Meet the Instructors – Copy Editing II


Elizabeth Macfie and Moira White team up to share their combined copy editing expertise on taking your skills to the next level at Copy Editing II.

Elizabeth has been a freelance proofreader and editor since 1997. After working as a coordinator of provincial park visitor services and then as a manager of adult education, she has chosen a career clarifying written communication. Her clients include federal government departments and agencies, book publishers, research organizations, and a university publications service. Elizabeth is an EAC-certified proofreader, copy editor and stylistic editor, a past chair of the Editors’ Association of Canada’s National Capital Region branch, and past president of the Indexing Society of Canada.

Moira entered the work world as a social worker and later moved into social policy. In both professions, she found that her organizational skills, attention to detail, and love of words were pointing her in a new direction—the world of editing. Currently a freelance editor, writer, and trainer with both public and private sector clients, she has decades of experience editing print and electronic publications. Moira is a director of professional standards for, and a past president of, the Editors’ Association of Canada.

When: March 10 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Registration closes March 5.

Three reasons to attend Editing Goes Global

The Editors’ Association of Canada’s annual conference is going big this year. In fact, it’s going global.

The association is hosting the world’s first international editing conference. There are lots of reasons to attend. Here are just three: learning, international networking, and fun.


What better people to learn from than these two stars.

The conference will feature other speakers from Australia, Canada, India, Ireland, New Zealand, the UK and the US.

The schedule is already available to help you decide what sessions you want to go to.

International networking

At the conference, you can see old friends and meet new ones.

You can meet many of the people you follow online, in blogs and on other social media. That includes Iva Cheung, James Harbeck, Joseph Kimble, John McIntyre, Adrienne Montgomerie, Katharine O’Moore-Klopf, and Cheryl Stephens.

In addition to seeing old friends from the Canadian association, you’ll get to meet many of the out-of-country editors you interact with on Facebook and Twitter.

The idea is to hold the international conference every few years, moving it around the globe. So it won’t be back in Canada for a while. You may never have access to a better networking or learning opportunity than this.


There will be lots of fun things going on at and around the conference. Planned activities include a tea tour, a scavenger hunt, a Friday night reception, and a Saturday banquet.

To see why others are going, visit the conference’s testimonial page. Early bird registration ends on February 28, with two other levels of payment available.

Follow the conference online

@EditorCon + #editors15

@congresdelacr + #Réviseurs15


Gael Spivak

Director of training and development / Directeur du perfectionnement professionnel

Editors’ Association of Canada / Association canadienne des réviseurs


Graham Young

Graham Young is an independent writer, trainer and communications consultant with more than 30 years’ experience helping business and government clients communicate at work. It is not an understatement to say that he can compose anything. He writes web content, annual reports, brochures, promotional flyers, data sheets, case studies, white papers, sales letters, advertorials, magazine and newsletter articles, news releases and speeches. Since 2000, he has conducted more than 500 writing and presentation-skills seminars and taught some 6,000 participants from the public, private, and non-profit sectors how to write and speak effectively.

Electronic Editing, offered on February 27, will allow you to take advantage of all the editing “horsepower” that Microsoft Word has to offer. Among other on-line editing topics, participants will become more confident with track-changes and compare-document tools and increase their proficiency at managing and merging changes by several reviewers. To sign up, go to Registration closes on February 22. Bring a version of Word 2010, a laptop and an AC cord.

February Speaker’s Night Presentation – What’s new in the new edition of Editing Canadian English

The third edition of EAC’s guide to ‘only-in-Canada’ editorial issues will be launched later this month. As it turns out, a large portion of the ECE team hails from the NCR branch, and several of them will be on hand at this month’s branch speaker night to preview the new edition.

Like the Web Content Style Guide presented last month, this new ECE edition is, in more than one sense, a product of the Internet age. It covers new issues that have emerged since the second edition was published in 2000. As well, its distribution has been adapted to the Internet age: Editing Canadian English ‘3.0’ will be offered initially as an online, subscription-based product, and later in print-on-demand format.

Anne Louise Mahoney, Heather Ebbs, Marion Soublière, Carolyn Brown, Laura Paquet and Kevin Burns will present highlights of the new edition.
When: Wednesday, February 18, 7:30 p.m.
Where: Capital Hill Hotel & Suites, 88 Albert Street, Laurier Room
Free for members, $10 for non-members
Pre-registration is not required for this event.

Book Buzz: I never metaphor I didn’t like Dr. Mardy Grothe Harper Collins, 2008. A review by Bhavana Gopinath


I never metaphor I didn’t like

Dr. Mardy Grothe

Harper Collins, 2008

“An idea is a feat of association, and the heights of it is a good metaphor”

Robert Frost

Dr. Mardy Grothe is a collector of quotations, and the author of Oxymoronica and Viva la Repartee. I never metaphor I didn’t like is an extraordinary collection of examples of figurative language. Dr. Grothe explains the basics of figurative language —analogies, metaphors and similes—and then takes readers through a tour of the English language’s greatest word pictures. The gems in this collection are classified by topics, like Wit & Humor, Life, Insults & Criticism, The Literary Life, etc.

There are examples from writers, (“A friend is a present you give yourself”: Robert Louis Stevenson), philosophers (“It is best to rise from life as from a banquet, neither thirsty nor drunken”: Aristotle), poets (“Love is a fan club with only two fans”: Adrian Henri), playwrights (“Children are the anchor that hold a mother to life”: Sophocles), and many others. Some astounded me, some dogged me for days, while others made me laugh out loud.

Dr. Grothe’s compilation grew from a period of uncertainty and doubt in his youth. He began a program of intense reading and reflection to help him find his place in the world. He would jot down observations from writers on index cards, and tack them on the walls of his room. These words re-inspired him. This book was borne out of those index cards, and as I read it, I began to understand how these metaphors could guide, illuminate, and heal.

As Kafka said, “A book should serve as an ice-axe to break the frozen sea within us.”


Elizabeth Macfie

Elizabeth Macfie has 18 years’ experience as a freelance editor, proofreader, and indexer for government departments, university presses, research organizations, and authors. She is an EAC-certified copy editor, stylistic editor and proofreader, and she is a past chair of EAC’s National Capital Region branch. Elizabeth presents popular seminars and conference talks on editing, proofreading, and business networking.

In her upcoming workshop, Editing for Non-Editors: Find and Fix the Most Common Errors in Documents, you’ll learn to

  • organize your work according to the four levels of editing
  • target a text to its audience (content, tone, and length)
  • find and fix the most common errors in grammar, usage, punctuation, spelling, and layout
  • find answers and back up your decisions using reference sources and dictionaries
  • apply plain-language principles, and check language level using online tools
  • shorten texts
  • work efficiently using an editorial process, version control, style sheets, and checklists
  • use consistency-checking software and Word’s editorial tools
  • focus on all aspects of a product while proofreading

You’ll get hands-on practice with electronic files and hard copy, have an opportunity to ask decision-making and process questions, and find out where to learn more.  Bring questions and situations from your workplace to discuss with your trainer—and the other participants. You’ll leave with a detailed handbook on the workshop content.

When: February 18, 2015

Where: Capital Hill Hotel, 88 Albert St., Ottawa