February Speakers Night – Beverly Ensom

The spoken word becomes a written report

Hansard is the written record of what is said in the House of Commons. Most people think it’s verbatim—and it is, except when it’s not.

Beverly Ensom is a member of the House of Commons team that gently edits Hansard and the similar record of parliamentary committees. She will describe the process of producing these records and the editing decisions that have to be made; and she’ll give some examples of wording that had to be handled with care (although “fuddle-duddle” was before her time).

Christ Church Cathedral, Lackey Room, 414 Queen St., 6:30 p.m.
Free for members, $10 for non-members

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