2017–18 Seminar Overview

By Elaine Vininsky

We’re excited to announce the seminar lineup for another season at Editors Ottawa–Gatineau.

Just like one stretches before exercising or warms up before the cardio in a fitness class, the 10-seminar season starts on September 21 with a good grammar warm-up and with Graham Young at the helm of Grammar and Punctuation.  Last year’s seminar evaluation sheets indicated a strong demand for Substantive and Stylistic Editing, so we’re bringing back these two seminars on October 16 and December 12, respectively.  On November 8, Moira White returns to teach Writing and Editing for the Web. Creating a House Style with Elizabeth Macfie is offered on November 30.

Elizabeth Macfie and Moira White will ring in 2018 together, co-presenting Copy Editing II: Judgment Calls and Added Value on January 11.  We are pleased to offer a French seminar this year: on January 31, Louise Brunette of the University of Ottawa will teach Révision de textes unilingues et bilingues. On Saturday, February 24, Christine LeBlanc leads two half-day seminars:  Starting a Freelance Career and Social Media Marketing. The latter course is a more advanced version of her previous Social Media seminar. As the weather warms up, we’ll have Practical Proofreading on March 15 and conclude the season on April 10, 2018, with 8-Step Editing.

Past seminar participants will be happy to learn that our host hotel, the Capital Suites, has changed the modem (routers) in the meeting rooms to improve the Wi-Fi.

Please visit the Editors Ottawa–Gatineau seminars web page < www.editors.ca/local-groups/ottawa-gatineau/seminars-ottawa-gatineau > for complete details.

Fall 2015 Seminars by Elaine Vininsky, Seminar Chair

Things are busy as the National Capital Region Branch is offering six seminars this fall. First up at bat is writer and Certified Professional Editor Frances Peck with two courses. Secrets of Syntax will help you become more adept at manipulating word order—or syntax—to improve prose. Grammar Boot Camp focuses on high-level grammar errors— the ones that make it past editors and proofreaders and into print.  Frances is always up for a challenge, and invites participants to bring along any difficult examples they’ve encountered in their work. These courses are offered back-to-back on Wednesday, September 30 and Thursday, October 1.

Creating a House Style is next, on Friday, October 23. Elizabeth Macfie is an EAC-certified copy editor, stylistic editor and proofreader. Though dictionaries and style manuals provide answers and rules, there is often more than one way to write. Accordingly, every organization should have a house style, as it offers consistency and saves editing time.

Plain Language: Building Results will help you create documents that say what they mean—efficiently. Instructor Graham Young is an independent writer, trainer, and communications  consultant with more than 30 years’ experience in helping business and government clients communicate at work. He’ll be giving this seminar on Thursday, October 29.

We’ve listened to those who’ve been requesting more business-oriented courses, and have engaged Adrienne Montgomerie to teach Marketing for Freelance Editors. Adrienne is a certified copy editor and an educational editor with more than 180 titles and 18 years of experience. She’ll suggest ideas of how to market to your clients, whether they are publishers, businesses, or authors. This half-day seminar is offered on Tuesday, November 10.

Carolyn Brown offers Editing Scientific Papers and Reports on Wednesday, November 25. Carolyn is a Certified Professional Editor and accredited Editor in the Life Sciences, and is a scientific and medical publishing consultant for two of Canada’s two largest scientific publishers. In this seminar, editors will learn how to help researchers communicate clearly and effectively to their peers and the greater community.

All seminars will be held at Capital Hill Hotel & Suites, 88 Albert St., Ottawa, ON K1P 5E9.

Click here to register for any of these exciting fall seminars.

Meet the Instructor – The Secrets of Syntax and Grammar Boot Camp


Frances Peck is a writer and Certified Professional Editor (Hon.) who works on material ranging from manuals and websites to technical documents and reports. She has taught at the University of Ottawa, Douglas College and Simon Fraser University. The former Chelsea resident and long-time EAC member is now based in Vancouver and travels the land giving workshops and presentations on language. She is a partner with West Coast Editorial Associates and on Twitter refers to herself as an “east coaster on the west coast.”

Frances co-authored the popular HyperGrammar website and wrote Peck’s English Pointers, a free e-book published by the Translation Bureau. Pointers has educated and entertained language buffs with lively articles and quizzes spanning grammar, punctuation, mechanics, usage and clarity. Frances brings this light-hearted look at the rules of the English language to her two fall seminars. She is always up for a challenge and encourages seminar participants to bring along any difficult grammar examples they’ve encountered in their work.

When: September 30, 2015, and October 1, 2015, from 9 a.m. to 4p.m

Registration Closes September 24, 2015 for both these seminars

Click here to register.