Developmental Editing for Fiction and Memoir

Presenter: Allison K Williams
Learn to address big-picture issues including structure, plot, story, tension, continuity, world-building and character growth in fiction and memoir manuscripts. Excellent for those who work with indie authors, and those who want a greater understanding of dramatic structure, how to use it, and how to explain it to a client.

Creating and Maintaining In-House Style Guides

Presenter: Elizabeth Macfie
In this webinar, you'll learn how a house style guide makes the publication process easier, think about what to include and how to illustrate the content with examples, find out the steps for creating and updating a guide, and discover ways of encouraging everyone to use (and contribute to) the guide

Let the Fire Burn Brightly: Wordiness Be Gone!

Presenter: Margaret Chandler
As Arthur Plotnik once said, "We edit to let the fire show through the smoke." And nothing causes as much irritating smoke as redundant modifiers, pompous language, lethargic nouns and verbs, and idle clutter. Learn and practise some key strategies for combatting wordiness so you can express yourself with clarity and sparkle. Make your readers happy by writing less and meaning more.

Good Grammar: It’s More Than a Gut Feel

Presenter: Margaret Chandler
Some writers have a good intuitive feel for grammatical correctness—or lack thereof. But professional editors need more than intuition; they need to be able to name the mistakes in order to explain their changes and help writers improve. Learn how to identify, name, and eliminate the most common grammatical gaffes, the ones that embarrass the writer and distract the reader. The instructor will also provide some useful print and online resources to help you continue your voyage of grammatical discovery.

How to Evolve Your Writing from Print to Online

Presenter: Greg David
Making the transition from traditional print writing to the Internet? They're very different, requiring new skillsets and social media savvy. The key concept of this webinar is that participants will learn the differences between print and online writing, and how to transition from the former to the latter.

A Linguist’s Guide to Grammar

Presenter: James Harbeck
What you learned in English class will help you with syntax about as much as what you learned in driving lessons will help you with mechanics—you get by fine until one day you find yourself stopped in the middle of a sentence with smoke coming out from under the hood. In this webinar, we're going to learn how to take apart sentences the way a mechanic takes apart an engine.

What’s Wrong with This Sentence?

Presenter: Melanie Scott
Correct usage of language is paramount to effective communication. The education system —from primary through post-secondary—does not offer students the tools needed for communicating effectively, whether verbally or in writing. The webinar is based on a workshop that was originally developed for the Canadian Authors' Association national conference, and has since been presented to numerous groups, from university professors to public relations experts to journalists.

Summer Series:  Almost Everything You Need to Know about Copy Editing and Grammar Skills

Presenter: Moira White
Have you ever paused to wonder whether a comma really should be added before a particular word? or whether you should add a hyphen to a compound? or how to phrase queries to the author? In this five-part series, you'll learn how to handle the "four pillars of copy editing": capitalization; hyphenation; commas, semicolons, and colons; and correct number style.

When to Use Bad English

Presenter: James Harbeck
Is grammatical propriety your highest priority? Do you abhor rude language? Perhaps it's time to think different and ask what you should really give a damn about. Our job as editors is to make sure the text has the best effect on the intended audience. Sometimes that means breaking rules because the rules we're used to aren't the right rules for the game at hand. Let's look at what works when and why.

Rédaction web pour le gouvernement du Canada

Presenter: Julie Dufour
Au terme de cette séance, les participants seront en mesure d'appliquer de façon stratégique les éléments du Guide de rédaction du contenu du site Canada.ca. Ce webinaire est conçu à l'intention des professionnels des communications et de la révision qui ont des connaissances de base sur le sujet. Les participants devront pouvoir accéder au Guide de rédaction du contenu du site Canada.ca et au Guide du rédacteur pour la séance en français, ou au Canada.ca Content Style Guide et à The Canadian Style pour la séance en anglais.