From Wordiness to Plain Language: Editing with Style

Presenter: Kathryn Dean
When readers are confronted with wordy and inflated prose, they can easily miss or misinterpret the author's message—or they may give up reading the document altogether. As editors, one of our tasks is to ensure that authors write with clarity and precision instead of wandering into verbal "swamps." In this two-part webinar, you'll learn how to identify and correct wordiness, repetition, inflated language, and weasel words. You'll also become familiar with the key components of plain language, good paragraphing, and bias-free writing.

Five Steps to Plain Language Success

Presenter: Kate Harrison Whiteside
Plain language is a process. The five key steps can ensure greater project success. We will look at the plain language big picture, then look at the little steps you can take to achieve success. You'll learn how to create an agreed definition for your purpose, develop audience appreciation, build in user-oriented writing and editing, integrate clear design and implement testing and evaluating. We'll also look at online and social media messages. You'll take away resources, ideas and set goals.

Introduction to STEM Editing

Presenter: Heather Saunders
Introduction to STEM Editing will instruct editors new to the field how to identify, review, and revise STEM content. Participants will learn how to correct jargon, address self-plagiarism, edit visual elements such as figures and tables, and work with both authors and publishers throughout the publishing process.

Getting Your Self-Published Client to a Finished Product

Presenter: Dick Margulis
As editing opportunities shrink in traditional publishing, they continue to expand rapidly in self-publishing. Learn how you can work with and guide independent authors in a way that is fair to them and worthwhile for you. The webinar will be an overview of the independent publishing process, including ethical, financial, and practical considerations. Figure out where you can fit into the process in a way that works best for you.

Editing Award-Winning Proposals

Presenter: Vanya Wong
Learn how to write and edit award-winning proposals for government and private companies. This webinar is ideal for those just starting in the proposal writing business or thinking of writing their first proposal.

Manuscript Evaluation

Presenter: Greg Ioannou
The rise of self-publishing has vastly increased the demand for an old editorial skill -- manuscript evaluation (also called critiquing). Often you'll be asked to edit a manuscript that just isn't ready for editing. An evaluation lets you guide the writer through the task of reworking the manuscript. A properly prepared evaluation looks at a wide variety of aspects of the manuscript, pointing out what's working and what isn't. Evaluation is what beta readers think they are doing, but at a much more professional level. This webinar will discuss how to evaluate fiction and non-fiction manuscripts.

Demystifying Permissions Clearance and Photo Research

Presenter: Marnie Lamb
Understanding permissions clearance and photo research requires first an understanding of copyright as it relates to permissions clearance. This seminar examines the most important aspects of copyright from this perspective: criteria for copyright protection, types of works protected by copyright, examples of rights protected, and rules surrounding public domain and fair dealing.

Integrating Plain Language into Your Services

Presenter: Kate Harrison Whiteside
Plain language is the best way to ensure your communication connects with clients. It is also a great service to offer your clients—internal and external. With all the information being sent out today, using a variety of media, everyone can benefit from concise, clear, outcome-oriented messages. Join us to find out how you can enhance your current skills with plain language practices.