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