Copy Editing Standards: Tables, Visual Elements, and Multimedia

Presenter: Robin Marwick
The visual elements of a document matter as much as the text. If visual elements lack consistency with one another or with the surrounding text, it frustrates readers and hampers comprehension. In this webinar, participants will learn how to put Standard D12 of the Professional Editorial Standards (“Ensure all tables, visual elements, and multimedia are consistent with surrounding text and are consistently presented”) into practice.

Practical Ebook Production

Presenter: Meghan Behse
This 3-part series offers in-depth instruction on the editing, formatting, proofreading and distribution of ebooks for several popular formats using a variety of software and tools. Attendees will leave the sessions with all of the tools to code a basic ebook and begin publishing online.

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.

Eight-Step Editing: A Systematic Approach to Improving Readability

Presenter: Elizabeth d'Anjou
This webinar demonstrates how to identify common obstacles that can reduce a reader’s ability to understand and engage with a text—and how to fix them. Attendees will leave with a “toolkit” of practical techniques for improving a piece of writing. These techniques can be applied to a wide range of informational documents, including reports, memos, articles, summaries, proposals, observations, analyses, instructions, web content, and more.

Real-World Grammar

Presenter: Elizabeth d'Anjou
You’re a keen reader. You love language. You paid attention (mostly) in English class. Expert editor and grammar teacher Elizabeth d’Anjou helps you cross the gap that often exists between basic theoretical grammar knowledge and the kind of messy sentence editors encounter in the real world.

Copyediting Live!

Presenter: Elizabeth d'Anjou, Janice Weaver
Try your hand at copy editing a short text provided in advance, then see how a seasoned editor works through it with lively and informative running commentary: explaining the edits, discussing alternative possibilities, pointing out how the editing tasks relate to the Editors Canada standards for copy editing, and recommending resources for further study.

Usage Traps and Myths

Presenter: Frances Peck
Is impact accepted as a verb? Why are prevent and avoid so often confused? Is it okay to verbify? This webinar examines these and other usage questions and problems. We'll examine usage issues affecting today’s speech, journalism, and other writing. We’ll also examine the top five usage myths, discuss the best resources for clearing up usage questions, and—of course—practise.

Punctuation, Period!

Presenter: Frances Peck
In this webinar we’ll cover the top punctuation pitfalls and predicaments facing writers and editors. After a brief look at past and present trends, we’ll demystify the comma; dip into semicolons, colons, quotation marks, and hyphens; and discuss when to stick to the rules and when (judiciously) to bend them.