Coming Up February 14: ECE3 Book Club

Editing Canadian English, 3rd edition: A Guide for Editors, Writers, and Everyone Who Works with WordsWhat better way to celebrate Valentine’s Day than by indulging your love of language? Come to the monthly Editors Kingston twig gathering on February 14 for collegial company, networking, snacks—and the inaugural meeting of the Editing Canadian English book club.

The third edition of this flagship publication of Editors Canada was published in hardcover by UBC Press in 2016 and was recently released as an ebook, available in all major formats, at the bargain price of $9.99 (or less).

The suggestions in this chapter point to ways to avoid expressions that are insensitive of offensive and thus support bias. We have focused on four specific areas: ethnicity and race; gender; sexual orientation; and disability. In addition to these, the chapter looks at how plain language supports a style of writing that is more inclusive.

Editing Canadian English 3, Chapter 2

ECE3 (as it is affectionately known) is subtitled “A guide for editors, writers, and everyone who works with words.” If that includes you, come join us! We’ll be exploring chapters 2 and 4: “Inclusivity” and “Compounds and Hyphenation,” respectively. (Reading the chapters in advance is encouraged but not required.) If you have a copy, bring it along. If not, that’s fine; there will be a few extras on hand, and we can project the ebook on our screen.

(But, really, at under ten bucks, why not pick one up? See the Editors Canada website for details & links.)

Hyphens are necessary evils. They should therefore be used only when necessary.

—Theodore M. Bernstein, as quoted in Editing Canadian English 3, Chapter 4

Update on Meeting Fees

After much discussion and with overwhelming support from the group, we’ve decided that, beginning with our March gathering, to ask nonmembers of Editors Canada to pay $5 each to help cover the costs of room rental, gift cards for speakers, and refreshments. Newcomers will be invited to attend their first meeting for free.

(The February get-together will be one last free-for-everyone meeting.)

Join Us!

We meet at the usual place and time:

Ongwanada Resource Centre, 191 Portsmouth Avenue

7 to 9 p.m. (Doors open at 6:30)

Light refreshments

Both Editors Canada members and non-members welcome

Marketing Yourself: One Editor’s To-Do List

Our meeting on January 10 kicked off the new year with a night of brainstorming, advice, and networking with fellow editors.

Ellie Barton shared her 2018 marketing to-do list, which was developed with guidance from Adrienne Montgomerie using her workbook, Freelance Marketing Action Plan for Editors. Ellie’s list included her big goal for the year—to get editing work from trade publishers—as well as twenty additional goals, with the aim of strengthening not only her marketing strategies but her editing skills as well.

Ellie BartonHighlights of Ellie’s list include updating her Online Directory of Editors profile, enrolling in workshops to target specific skills or topics, develop “cold call” messages tailored to specific contacts, registering for a conference (ACES in April and Editors Canada in May are two options), creating an elevator pitch, and requesting testimonials after each editing job.

Ellie has also decided to designate two hours a week to focus on marketing, commenting that in order to make change in your work you must make time to market yourself. She suggested setting priorities beforehand to guide and structure your dedicated time effectively and to achieve those weekly marketing goals successfully.


The topic that perhaps generated the most discussion for the group was social media and how to cultivate a manageable online presence. On this subject, Ellie raised the important point that you can be selective about social media if it isn’t your thing! The great thing about social media is that it offers so many platforms and therefore a wide range of choices about where to be active. During the discussion, it was noted that being selective about social media involvement can be a strength, since focusing on the platforms that work best for you can ensure your social media activity isn’t spread too thin. For Ellie, once she decides where to be on social media, she has committed to posting once a week to maintain a consistent presence and keep things up to date.

Some of Ellie’s other social media goals included improvements to her website such as refreshing the theme, employing keywords, planning a topical series of blog posts, and engaging in other blogs by commenting once per week. Participating in other people’s blogs is a great way to make some online connections and may even lead to opportunities to guest post, thereby providing further exposure for your editing work.


Another effective marketing strategy is networking with other editors! This method was put into practice as we connected with each other over coffee and cookies during the break to discuss our work and experiences with each other. Networking with fellow editors over coffee or lunch, or at events is not only enjoyable but helpful for fostering working relationships and gathering resources. Ellie noted that volunteering can also be both an effective marketing and networking strategy. For example, volunteering at the Editors Canada conference connects you with other editors; Ellie specifically suggested introducing speakers, which gets you in front of people without having to give a talk yourself if you are unable to.

Ellie’s many suggestions prompted others to share their insights, experiences, and suggestions for marketing as an editor, demonstrating that we might just be each other’s best sources for ideas. What’s on your to-do list for this year?

Coming Up Next

Join us on Wednesday, February 14, for an ECE3 book club! We will work through a couple of chapters—Chapters 2 (“Inclusivity”) and Chapter 4 (“Hyphenation”)—from the new edition of Editing Canadian English! The book is available both in print and as an eBook.

Join Us!

We meet at the usual place and time:

Ongwanada Resource Centre, 191 Portsmouth Avenue

7 to 9 p.m. (Doors open at 6:30)

Light refreshments

Both Editors Canada members and non-members welcome

Coming Up January 10: Marketing Yourself

The New Year is a time for resolutions, fresh starts and reboots—a good time to think about your editing business goals for 2018.

Do you want more clients, different clients, higher-paying clients? Are you hoping to land a full-time or part-time job that uses your editing-related skills? What skills would you like to develop or hone? How could you contribute meaningfully and frequently on social media? What is number one on your “to do” list?

Our meeting on Wednesday, January 10, will be a brainstorming and networking session about marketing and job finding. Ellie will share her “to do” list, which she developed using a new workbook by Adrienne Montgomerie, Freelance Marketing Action Plan for Editors. Adrienne has kindly agreed to allow Ellie to provide you with six pages from her workbook.
Let’s start 2018 with a New Year’s Wish List! 

Join Us!

We meet at the usual place and time:

Ongwanada Resource Centre, 191 Portsmouth Avenue

7 to 9 p.m. (Doors open at 6:30)

Light refreshments

Both Editors Canada members and non-members welcome

Make MS Word Work for YOU: A Hands-On Workshop

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Editors Kingston hosted this workshop on Saturday, November 18, at the Tett Centre for Creativity and Learning. It was led by Adrienne Montgomerie, who is an experienced instructor and knows Word inside out.

313251851The goal of the workshop was for attendees to learn skills that make online revising faster, more accurate, and efficient—using wildcards, macros, Track Changes, shortcuts, styles, and more. By applying our new-found skills, we would be able to reduce the mechanics and tedium of revising and editing so that we could focus on developing our ideas and honing our arguments.


Editing In Word 2016 - College EditionA week before the seminar, Adrienne asked us to send her a list of topics we wanted to cover, and she amalgamated them into an overall list for the day. We also referred to her recently published and indispensable book, Editing in Word 2016, which she provided (in PDF format) as part of the seminar fee.

Adrienne began the day on the topic of macros because it can be the hardest and she wanted to discuss it off the top, while we were fresh. That was an interesting approach, and it worked well. She was a good instructor—explaining Word features clearly, setting the right pace, and giving us time to practise what we’d just learned. She also accommodated users on both Macintosh and Windows platforms as well as different versions of Word, and she did that flawlessly.

The seminar went very well, and we learned a lot. It was a small group, which helped people feel comfortable, and it allowed Adrienne to answer all our questions. We covered almost everything on Adrienne’s list of topics, and there was still time for a long lunch and an afternoon break.

We were in a room on the lowest level of the Tett Centre, down the hall from the café, so people could easily get a coffee or tea. And lunch was delicious—a small buffet of sandwiches and salads, with huge, decadent cookies for dessert.

Rick Revelle on Editing Indigenous Authors

Rick Revelle began his talk at the November 8 Editors Kingston gathering with a welcome song to the accompaniment of a cedar-strip drum, setting a lively tone that continued throughout the evening.

A natural storyteller, Rick shared many tales of his life and work, starting with the story that led to his career as a writer: his discovery as an adult, based on an offhand discussion with a cousin about deer-hunting licences, that his family was Anishnabe. (For more on Rick’s background and books, see our last blog post, and this interview in the Miramichi Reader.) This late-life reconsideration of his identity inspired Rick to research his Indigenous heritage, and he soon became fascinated by the history he learned and wanted to share it—in story form. His YA books (I Am Algonquin, Algonquin Spring, and Algonquin Sunset) have been compared to the Little House books for the way they bring a historical period to life through a wealth of accurate, practical detail.

Algonquin Quest 3-Book Bundle coverRick also graciously answered many questions about his writing from a professional point of view, especially as it related to the editing process.

He expressed admiration for and gratitude to editors in general, and reported having an excellent relationship with most he had worked with. “If you’re a serious writer and you want to get published, pay an editor to help you,” he said (earning a round of applause). He cheerfully leaves copy-editing decisions to the professionals. “I don’t even bother looking at all the little tracked changes. I just read the comments. If there’s anything important, the editor asks about it there.” He was grateful to an editor who fact-checked a description of the Richelieu River and corrected it so the flow was in the correct direction.

He did recount problems with one editor who asked him to cut material that Rick felt was crucial to a book. This included some violent episodes and some supernatural aspects, both of which had been included with careful intent. “It would have gutted my story” to remove these elements, Rick said. “Luckily, it was my second book; I knew what I was writing about. I had done my research.” He felt confident enough to push back firmly, and the material stayed.

The level of research Rick puts in impressed even this audience of professionals, who deal in accuracy for a living: the table filled with approving nods as he described reading Champlain’s original chronicles, and there were a few gasps when he mentioned the five hours he’d spent investigating how twelfth-century Algonquins would have kept away mosquitoes. (Of course, there were also cries of “So, how did they?” The answer turns out to be burning sage and smearing themselves with an ointment containing golden seal.)

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(Photo credit: Adrienne Montgomerie)

Also of great interest to editors was Rick’s discussion of the Indigenous attitude to story ownership. Whenever someone tells him something he thought might be a good inclusion in a book, he always asks if he can use it. Usually the answer is “yes,” but if it’s not, he says, there’s no question of betraying the teller’s wishes. “It’s not my story to tell.” Rick advised the editors in attendance to keep this aspect of Indigenous culture in mind.

Another piece of advice he had for editors working on Indigenous publications: “Ask whether the text has been vetted by elders.” Not knowing any better himself at first, he said, he didn’t think to include this step for his first book (and, as a result, nearly missed out on a distribution opportunity for Indigenous-focused books that has proved valuable for his novels). Now, he wouldn’t think of skipping that step, and even proudly includes printed comments from several elders at the end of each book.

There was some lively discussion of language tools. All three of Rick’s books feature glossaries of Anishnabe (Algonquin) terms, and the latest includes a pronunciation guide. When Rick mentioned the Mi’kmaq “talking” online dictionary, the group didn’t hesitate to try it out (with a little help from the Ongwanada Resource Centre’s Wi-Fi and Adrienne Montgomerie’s iPhone).

The evening was a success, both as a Twig gathering (a good turnout of some 13 people, including a visitor who attended as a long-time fan of Rick’s writing) and as an educational opportunity for Kingston editors.

Coming Up Next

Our meeting on Wednesday, January 10, will be a brainstorming and networking session about marketing and job-finding. Twig coordinator Ellie Barton will share the “to do” list she developed using a new workbook by Kingston editor Adrienne Montgomerie, Freelance Marketing Action Plan for Editors.

Join Us!

We meet at the usual place and time:

Ongwanada Resource Centre, 191 Portsmouth Avenue

7 to 9 p.m. (Doors open at 6:30)

Light refreshments

Both Editors Canada members and non-members welcome




Coming Up November 8: Editing Indigenous Writers, with Rick Revelle

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Rick Revelle is the author of three YA novels—I Am Algonquin (2013), Algonquin Spring (2015), and Algonquin Sunset (2017). Published by Dundurn Press, the books recount the adventures of a fourteenth-century young Algonquin man named Mahningan.

Revelle didn’t even know he had native heritage until he was in his thirties, when a relative’s off-hand remark startled him with the news, he told the Whig-Standard in 2015. The discovery sent him on a research quest to find out all he could about Algonquin culture, both present and past. His books are a way of sharing that knowledge.

Rick will be our guest at Editors Kingston on November 8 to talk about his unique vision as a writer, his experiences of being edited, and what knowledge and skills editors need to work with Indigenous writers.

His visit coincides with a growing interest throughout the Canadian publishing community in editing Indigenous writing. Editors Canada’s 2017 conference featured a keynote adress by Cherie Dimaline and a panel discussion of Indigenous writers and editors; Humber College’s Indigenous Editors Circle workshop sold out all 50 spots; and Greg Younging’s The Elements of Indigenous Style, due out this winter from Brush Education, is generating media buzz already. (A recent workshop at Editors BC previewed Younging’s book; member Iva Cheung has posted an excellent summary on her blog.)

“Working with indigenous manuscripts,” Cherie Dimaline told her Editors Canada audience, said, “requires craft, skill, and respect.” We’re looking forward to taking more steps toward acquiring these on November 8!

Rick will also bring books for sale (remember to bring cash so you can shop).

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Join Us!

We meet at the usual place and time:

Ongwanada Resource Centre, 191 Portsmouth Avenue

7 to 9 p.m. (Doors open at 6:30)

Light refreshments

Both Editors Canada members and non-members welcome


Make Word Work for YOU: Hands-on Workshop November 18


“I just love Microsoft Word!” said nobody, ever. But after taking Adrienne’s workshop, you might end up liking Word (just a little bit).

Don’t miss this great opportunity to improve your mastery of the tool most editors use every day. Learn tips and tricks to work more efficiently and effectively from Kingston’s own editing tech guru Adrienne Montgomerie, take home a comprehensive handbook (including links to video tutorials), and enjoy the opportunity to network over a tasty lunch.

Check out the details in this post.

Then hurry up and register! Space is limited.

Talking Editing with Merilyn Simonds & Wayne Grady—October Meeting Report

Merilyn Simonds and Wayne Grady (centre) answer questions and sign books after their presentation at the October 11 twig gathering.

by Greg Murphy

Sharing a room with Wayne and Merilyn, two of Canada’s top literary talents and guests at our October 11 meeting, I gladly opened my mind to learn how to be a better editor.

Kingston-based authors and life partners Wayne Grady and Merilyn Simonds have between them penned more than thirty fiction and non-fiction works for adults and young readers. Over the span of forty years, their writing has been published by giants Doubleday Canada, Macfarlane Walter & Ross, McClelland & Stewart, and others, and sold around the world. Wayne is also an award-winning translator. I would list their accumulated awards and accolades here—but they won’t all fit.

At the Editors Kingston October gathering, they offered us an intimate peek into their lives as writers, touching upon why they value good editors and what qualities they look for in them; they’ve worked with some of the best—Ellen Seligman, Jan Walter, and Nita Pronovost, to name a few. Merilyn’s opening remarks were well received by the company of sharp eyes and tuned ears: “To me, editors are essential. I rely on editors to pull me out of creating to remind me what I’m doing.”

Writers, she said, are so involved in the process of creating that they often don’t have room in their mind to be keenly aware of correctness, clarity, and consistency. Merilyn’s message served to remind that a writer has a starkly different job than an editor’s—writers are responsible for creation; editors, for editing. Merilyn said, “The best editors don’t have opinions but rather help a writer with her vision.” She added that every writer has different needs—that a good editor can still be the wrong one. (Indeed, she told one tale of trying to work with an editor who was so very wrong for the project at hand that many in the audience gasped audibly at some of the details.)

Merilyn values editors who’ll push her to write better, someone who’ll not only notice the holes and know how to help her fill them but also notice “the meat” and know how to help her expand upon it. “A good editor, to me, is someone who can explain the points of craft—and who is loyal. Loyalty is very important.”

Her description of the almost superhuman dedication and work ethic of Ellen Seligman, with whom she worked on several books, confirmed all the stories any follower of Canadian publishing has heard. “She wouldn’t even give me Christmas Day off,” Merilyn chuckled.

Emancipation DayWayne began his portion of the night by recounting his experience working with editors on his acclaimed debut novel, Emancipation Day, published in 2013 by Doubleday Canada. His inspiration for the novel arrived after learning the startling truth about his family: his father was black, and perhaps didn’t want his family to know. Having decided to fictionalize the story, Wayne, who until then had been a non-fiction writer, found himself unable to know where to draw the line. The novel’s first draft almost reached a thousand pages and encompassed a story told over a century. It even featured a cameo of “Victor Hugo in Vietnam.” Wayne knew he needed help to focus it. He finally found that help when Nita Pronovost read the manuscript and promptly ticked off three specific areas that needed his attention in order for it to work.

“The ability not only to see what is wrong with the book but also to tell you specifically what is wrong is worth an editor’s weight in gold,” Wayne said. “An editor also should be able to read a book five times but read it each time as though it were the first.”

Emancipation Day ended up a novel of 336 pages that focuses on the story of a complicated love between a black musician passing as white, his wife, and his father. It was long-listed for the Scotiabank Giller Prize in 2013 and claimed the 2013 First Novel Award.

Coming Up Next: Editing Indigenous Texts, with Rick Revelle

For our next gathering, on November 8, we’ll be hosting indigenous writer Rick Revelle, who authored the bestselling YA books I Am Algonquin (2013), Algonquin Spring (2015), and Algonquin Sunset (2017), published by Dundurn Press. He’ll be sharing with us his experiences, including working with non-indigenous editors.

Seminar November 18: Make MS Word Work for YOU!

On Saturday, November 8, Adrienne Montgomerie will be teaching our Fall Seminar, Make MS Word work for YOU. Bring a laptop and join in as she shows how editors can get the best out of Word so that they can focus on more meaningful tasks.

Register at .

For more information, see this post or email Elizabeth:


Coming Up: Make MS Word Work for YOU

Coming Up: Make MS Word Work for YOU

A Hands-On Workshop on Saturday, November 18


After taking this workshop, you might even end up liking Word! (Maybe just a little bit.)

Are you slogging through revising documents onscreen, giving your fingers more of a workout than your brain? Do you find making edits in Word time-consuming and annoying, a drain on your focus and creativity?

Expert instructor Adrienne Montgomerie shows you how to level up your Word game and lighten your workload. Get the software to do the heavy lifting, so you can focus on the meatier issues in your writing or editing project! Learn skills that make editing faster, more accurate, and efficient.

During the course, you will be guided through the steps on your own familiar laptop. There will be opportunities to practice and trouble-shoot. Coffee and lunch breaks will give you time to network and process what you’ve learned.

Workshop Topics

  • Get the most out of Track Changes.
  • Speed up editing with shortcuts and customizations.
  • Make formatting a snap with Styles.
  • Automate complicated or tedious tasks with macros.
  • Use wildcards to turbo-boost the search-and-replace function.
  • And much more!

Registrants will be surveyed before the course to determine which topics they most want to focus on. Any material not covered in the workshop will be included in a 100-page handout with demo video support, so you can keep learning on your own time and review what we covered when it comes time to put it to use.

Registration is limited to 25 people.

What You Need

  • Mac or Windows laptop loaded with MS Word—preferably Word 365 or Word 2016, though efforts will be made to support a couple of versions prior. (Note: For this workshop to be useful, you must have a version of Word that includes track changes and comments. Web-based programs such as Open Office are not sufficient.)
  • Good understanding of basic Word functions such as menus and ribbons, cut, copy, paste, undo, save as, spellcheck, bold, italic, and indenting.
  • Good fundamental computer skills such as mousing, keyboard navigation, and file management.
  • Good night’s sleep and confidence that you can make Word work for you!

About the Instructor

Adrienne MAMontgomerie medontgomerie has been teaching people to make nice with Word since 2003. This specialized editors’ course has been a sellout since she first offered it in 2012. She is a Certified Copyeditor and a 20-year veteran of freelance editing. She used to work mainly on high school science materials, earning her the moniker of scieditor, and today she can be found on the roster of Canada’s largest remaining publishers when she’s not teaching and writing about editing. Right Angels and Polo Bears is her home base.

When: Saturday, November 18, 9:30­ a.m. to 4 p.m.

Where: Tett Centre, Kingston

Instructor: Adrienne Montgomerie

Early-bird price (until October 20):

  • $160 Editors Canada members
  • $140 student affiliates
  • $195 non-members

Regular price (after October 20):

  • $185 Editors Canada members
  • $160 student affiliates
  • $220 non-members              

Includes lunch by Epicurious!

Click here to register now!

For additional information, contact Elizabeth d’Anjou at or Nancy Wills at

For more about Editors Kingston, see

Editors Kingston is a part of Editors Canada, Canada’s national professional editing organization.

Keyboard photo by John Ward. Used through Creative Commons licence.

Coming Up October 11: Authors Talk Editing—Merilyn Simonds & Wayne Grady

Well-known Kingston-area writers Merilyn Simonds and Wayne Grady will discuss how the editorial process and relationships with editors, agents, and publishers have changed over their 40 years as authors. They’ll also describe their work as mentors/editors to emerging writers.

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Merilyn Simonds is the author of 17 books, including a Canadian classic, The Convict Lover. Her most recent book, Gutenberg’s Fingerprint: Paper, Pixels & the Lasting Impression of Books, explores the digital shift and how we read today.

Wayne Grady is the author of 14 books, the translator of 15 novels, and the editor of 11 anthologies. His first novel, Emancipation Day, won the 2013 First Novel Award.

Wayne and Merilyn co-authored Breakfast at the Exit Café: Travels Through America.

Join us for an intimate look at the Canadian publishing scene.

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The speakers will have books for sale; bring cash and get your CanLit fix straight from the author!

Come Join Us!

We meet October 11 at the usual place and time:

Fall Seminar

Don’t forget to register for our fall seminar with twig founder and editing tech guru Adrienne Montgomerie!

  • Do you often find yourself slogging through tedious editing tasks onscreen, thinking “There must be a better way”?
  • Have you sometimes suspected that some advanced features of Word (such as Styles, Macros, and Wildcards) might be useful to you, but feel intimidated by them?
  • Would you like to edit more efficiently and accurately?

Make MS Word work for you for a change, so you can focus on the real editing issues.

The workshop includes a 100-page handout with demo video support and lunch by Epicurious.

Register now!

Download the poster and spread the word!

How I Read My Summer Vacation—September Meeting Report

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by Greg Murphy and Elizabeth d’Anjou

The theme to kick off the year at our September meeting was “How I Read My Summer Vacation.” At times we laughed, at times we sighed, as we recounted the books with which we enriched our minds in spare moments. Some of us read non-stop while others read hardly at all (or, as some editors in attendance put it, “only when paid to do so”).

Everyone had been encouraged to bring a book they read that related to work and one they had read for pleasure. Ellie carefully recorded all the picks (and posted the list to the Editors Kingston Facebook group). A few examples of the work-related books presented:

  • the new edition (seventeenth!) of the Chicago Manual of Style and an old Louis Menand New Yorker article, still hilarious fifteen years after its publication, about the fifteenth edition
  • the classic On Writing Well by William Zinsser
  • the guide by Editors Canada’s own Marion Soublière, Getting Work with the Federal Government
  • You Are a Badass, a guide to career and life subtitles How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life, by Jen Sincero
  • Write No Matter What, in which author Joli Jensen runs through and all-too-familiar list of barriers to writing and proposes tools to work around and through them

The exercise helped members reconnect, to shake off that isolation some of us might have felt at times over the summer.

It also gave us a lovely way to get to know some first-time attendees: Beth Bedore, an Editors Canada member for some years but new to the Kingston twig “just down the road” from her home in Belleville, who enjoyed Nike, Nurses, and Neon: The Ancient Greek and Latin Words We Use Every Day, by Nigel P. Brown, and newcomers Brenda (The Life and Death of the Great Lakes, by Dan Egan), “twig Facebook groupie” Jenn (Open Veins of Latin America, by Eduardo Galeano), and John (Killers of the Flower Moon, by David Grann).

A Warm Welcome Home

The group welcomed home long-time friend of the twig Bob MacKenzie from the prestigious Summer Literary Seminars, held this year in Tbilisi, Georgia, where he, with Kingston poet Meg Freer, shared his writing talents with the world. (He and Meg created a blog with stories & photos from their adventures.)

Upcoming Programs

 We’ve packed our fall program!

At our gathering next month, Wednesday, October 11, well-known Kingston authors Merilyn Simonds and Wayne Grady will join us to discuss how the past forty years have changed the editorial process and relationships between author and editor, agent, and publisher. Merilyn and Wayne will also talk about mentoring emerging writers.

On Wednesday, November 8, we’ll be hosting Algonquin author Rick Revelle, writer of the three young adult novels I Am Algonquin (2013), Algonquin Spring (2015), and Algonquin Sunset (2017) for Dundurn Press. He’ll be talking to us about the skills we need to work with Indigenous writers.

Our Seasonal Social will be on Wednesday, December 13. Watch this space for details.

Download our fall program flyer and share it around!

Fall Seminar


Make Microsoft Word work for you for a change!

Adrienne Montgomerie will deliver the workshop Microsoft Word for Editors on Saturday, November 18. She’ll be teaching everything editors need to know to make Word work for them (for a change!), so you won’t want to miss out. See the twig web page for more details.

Claim your spot early to get a fee discount: Until October 13, Editors Canada members pay $160; non-members pay $195. After October 13, Editors Canada members pay $185; non-members pay $220.

The workshop will be held at the Tett Centre, 370 King Street, Kingston, Ontario, from 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Register here.

Download the flyer/poster here.

Please help us spread the word wherever and whenever you can!

Announcements & Business

Elizabeth opened the evening with a few announcements:

  • Nancy Wills has stepped down from the role as twig co-coordinator after many years of service, including managing the money and filing reports to national—and bringing meeting munchies! She was warmly thanked in absentia. Nancy plans to continue as an active Twig member and volunteer.
  • The Editors Canada mentorship program is now up and running! Members and student affiliates can apply to have or be a mentor. Mentorships focus on whatever area(s) both parties agree on; someone could even be both a mentor in one area and a mentee in another.
  • Check out the new Editors Canada webinar series! First up are macros and breaking the rules.

Ellie led a discussion about a possible new policy of charging a small fee (in the neighbourhood of $5) to non-members who attend Twig gatherings. (Attendance would continue to be free for members and student affiliates of Editors Canada.) This would help cover our upkeep (room fees, honoraria for guest speakers ,snacks and drinks, etc.). However, it’s important to the twig leadership that everyone  feel welcomed. Most of the comments, from both members and vistors, were in favour of the policy—with some suggestions for tweaks and exceptions. We’ll bring up the issue on the Facebook page and perhaps another meeting before making a final decision.