Coming Up December 11: Holiday Social

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Let’s celebrate together!

Looking forward to sharing some winter cheer with friends and colleagues at our Holiday social on Wednesday, December 11, from 6:30 p.m. at Milestones, 27 Princess Street at Ontario.

We’re expecting an excellent turnout; as of Monday midday, 14 people had RSVP’d to Nancy!

Pay as you go. Partners and friends welcome.

Coming Up January 8

You think Kingston is cold in January? Join us for a talk from twig member John Thompson about his work for Nunatsiaq News, editing in and about the Canadian Arctic!

Our usual date, time, and place: Wednesday, January 8, from 7 to 9 p.m., at Ongwanada. Watch this space for more details.

In the Desert Together: Author Iain Reid Talks Editing

by Cat London

Iain Reid talks editing, film adaptations, and camels at Editors Kingston on November 13.

I don’t think anyone predicted that the November meeting of Editors Kingston would take place as a snowstorm was settling us all into winter, but living in Kingston does come with the occasional weather surprise. We were particularly excited to come together for this meeting because it is not a regular occurrence for our gatherings to feature renowned, award-winning authors — but then, another surprise that comes with living in Kingston is the extraordinary literary scene it boasts for a town this size.

Our guest for the evening of November 13 was Iain Reid, a Kingston-based author of memoir, essays, and, more recently, novels. Surprisingly humble in light of his impressive and continued success — his books have been published in multiple countries to excellent reception — Iain spoke frankly about his writing journey so far and his experiences working with different editors on each of his books, including, in one case, with two editors in two far-flung countries at the same time.

The meeting took the form of a relaxed conversation, and it was made even more interesting by the presence of Alex Schultz, an editor with over two decades’ experience in book publishing, who was an acquiring editor at Penguin when Iain began to explore the process of getting his books into print — with a submission to Penguin. Hearing the story of Iain’s initial contact with the publishing world from the two perspectives was fascinating.

Iain had many kind things to say about his experience of the collaborative relationship between authors and editors, of which this one was clearly the crowd favourite:

It’s like you’re on riding a camel on a journey in the desert, out of water, and you can’t quite make it on your own, but then someone rides up on another camel with fresh water, and they help you get the rest of the way there.

When Adrienne Montgomerie pointed out that sometimes the editor tells the author to go back another 10 kilometres into the desert and travel it again, Iain agreed, but pointed out that at least the editor has more water.

Iain described the skill set of an editor as being different from his own as an author: an editor brings a new level of thoroughness to the table, and an ability to quickly grasp the big picture of a book and identify ways to improve it.

He also talked about where and how he has found and developed ideas, as well as about his recent experiences in the filmmaking world — both his novels, I’m Thinking of Ending Things and Foe, are being turned into movies. Iain is co-writing the screenplay for Foe.

With the usual lovely array of snacks and beverages and a sizable turnout of editors, would-be editors, and other word enthusiasts, the meeting was a bright spot in a gloomy, early winter night. Thanks so much to the Editors Kingston coordinators for bringing Iain to talk to us, and many, many thanks to Iain for coming, and for all his kind words about editors. (He even wrote a short essay in praise of editors for the National Post a few years ago.)

I’m looking forward to our December fête at Milestones.

Announcements

Webinars

Don’t forget to check out the upcoming Editors Canada Webinars: short, practical training units you can attend from anywhere with an internet connection. Registration includes a webinar recording (so you can review it any time, or catch up if you miss part or even all of it) and digital copies of any handouts. Elizabeth can particularly recommend Graphs 101 with Toronto Editor Robin Marwick on Wednesday, December 6.

Conference

It’s not too early to start thinking about attending the Editors Canada annual conference, which will be in Montreal, June 19 through 21 (much closer for twiggers than last year’s conference in Halifax or the previous year’s in Saskatoon). The theme is From Papyrus to Pixels: International Editing Trends. Building on the success of its first international conference in 2015, which included presenters and attendees from the U.S., the U.K., and as far afield as India and Australia, the association expects a full weekend of learning, networking — and fun! The conference is also a great volunteering opportunity for Editors Canada members: contact conferencevolunteers@editors.ca.

Coming Up December 11

Come share some winter cheer with friends and colleagues at our Holiday social on Wednesday, December 11, from 6:30 p.m. at Milestones, 27 Princess Street at Ontario.

Please RSVP to Nancy Wills (nancwills@gmail.com) by Monday, December 9.

Pay as you go. Partners and friends welcome.

Coming Up January 8

You think Kingston is cold in January? Join us for a talk from twig member John Thompson about his work editing in and about the Canadian Arctic!

Our usual date, time, and place: Wednesday, January 8, from 7 to 9 p.m., at Ongwanada. Watch this space for more details.

Coming Up November 13: Meet Iain Reid

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Iain Reid visits the twig to talk editing and more on November 13.

Iain Reid, well-known Kingston writer of both delightful memoir and chilling suspense, will join us for our November meeting. We’re excited that he’s able to fit us into his busy schedule!

We first tried to book Iain for our 2016 Authors Talk Editing event. At the time, he had recently won the $10,000 RBC Taylor Emerging Writer Award for The Truth about Luck, his second book of memoir, which tells the story of a five-day “staycation” he took, at age 28, with his 92-year-old grandmother. Unfortunately, our date conflicted with an appearance he was booked for at an authors festival.

I'm Thinking of Ending Things

Since then, Iain’s literary star has done nothing but rise. He made a major switch in genres, producing two bestselling suspense novels: I’m Thinking of Ending Things, which Vice calls an “unsettling sensation” (and almost every reviewer calls “impossible to put down”) and Foe, which Goodreads calls “an eerily entrancing page-turner.” Both are being turned into films.

So we’re honoured that he was able and willing to come to our November meeting for his own Authors Talk Editing event. (Read about the great authors who did join us that night and the sequel with Merilyn Simonds and Wayne Grady.)

Foe

We can’t wait to ask him about his experiences of being edited and more—such as the differences in writing two such very different genres, and what it’s like for a former employee of the Screening Room in Kingston to have his novel adapted for Netflix by Oscar-winning director Charlie Kaufman.

Come join us! Whether you’ve read Iain’s work or not, you’ll hear a smart conversation about books and editing. (Read more about Iain Reid in the Kingston Whig Standard, in Maclean’s, or in Vice.)

As always, there will also be news from Editors Canada, networking, and snacks.

We’ve also invited Iain to bring books for sale; please come with cash if you think you might like to shop.

Join Us!

We’ll meet at the usual place and time: Ongwanada Resource Centre, 191 Portsmouth Avenue in Kingston, 7 to 9 p.m. (doors open at 6:30). Light refreshments, coffee, and cold drinks. All are welcome. Free for Editors Canada members; $5 for visitors (first meeting free)

Hyphens and Compounds: ECE3 Book Club

The second meeting of the Kingston Twig’s ECE3 Book Club, held on October 9, 2019, at the Ongwanada Resource Centre in Kingston, was a success:

  • Shockingly, everyone in the group was discovered to have opinions—in some cases, even feelings—about at least some hyphens to some degree.
  • The hyphen in attributive adjective compounds (a hyphen use discussion / a hyphen-use discussion), on which the Associated Press recently changed its guidelines, was discussed.
  • The suspended hyphen (e.g., three- and four-year-old children) was examined.
  • The en dash was praised.
  • The hyphen table in Chicago was consulted.
  • Style variations in different types of publications were explored.
  • The first two editions of ECE3, brought for show and tell by Lee, were admired.
  • There was a side trip to discussion of the famous spelling variants table, wherein it was revealed that Elizabeth had been responsible for the most recent version thereof.

Clearly, editors know how to have a good time!

Two newcomers to the group—Carolyn, a one-time FEAC member who now works at Queen’s and is updating her skills with the Standards courses, and John, who described himself as someone who currently edits only recreationally—were welcomed.

Snacks were consumed.

The location of the June Editors Canada national conference, its second with an international theme, and expected to have speakers and attendees from the U.S., Europe, and beyond as well as Canada, was announced: Montreal.

An invitation is extended to all: join us next month!

Join Us

Ongwanada Resource Centre
191 Portsmouth Avenue
7 to 9 p.m. (doors open at 6:30)
Free for Editors Canada members
$5 for visitors

Find Us on Facebook

Whether or not you come to our gatherings, feel free to join our Facebook group and chat with other Kingston-area editors and assorted word nerds.

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Stephanie Stone and Elizabeth d’Anjou

Editors Kingston coordinators

Coming Up October 9: Hyphens and Compounds (ECE3 Book Club)

“This morning I deleted the hyphen from ‘hell-bound’ and made it one word; this afternoon I redivided it and restored the hyphen.”

The quote is from Edwin Arlington Robinson, an American poet (hugely popular in his day) who died in 1935. But let’s be honest: it could have been any one of us, right?

There’s been a flurry of discussion about hyphenation among online editing groups recently in the wake of changes made this year to the hyphenation guidance in the Associated Press Stylebook online. Thus, it seems as good a time as any to hold the second oh-so-official meeting of the Kingston twig’s Editing Canadian English Book Club, with a focus on Chapter 4, “Compounds and Hyphens.”

The third edition of this flagship Editors Canada publication was published in hardcover by UBC Press in 2016 and as an ebook in 2017, available in all major formats, at the bargain price of $9.99 (or less).<em>Editing Canadian English</em>, 3rd edition

At a 2018 gathering, the twig discussed Chapter 2, “Inclusivity.” The format of using the guide as a jumping-off point for a discussion of the issue in the work of attendees proved so successful that we never got to discussing Chapter 4 as well as we had planned. We meant to schedule it last year, but our guest-speaker dance card (guest speaker dance card?) was so full we couldn’t fit it in!

What with the raging controversy over the AP announcement, we think the time has come.

ECE3 (as it’s affectionately known) is subtitled A Guide for Editors, Writers, and Everyone Who Works with Words. If that includes you, come join us!

Reading the chapter 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 and links.)

If you’d like to read about the new AP hyphenation guidelines, try this article in Slate; it has a lot more links for anyone who wants to go down the rabbit hole!

Join Us

Ongwanada Resource Centre
191 Portsmouth Avenue
7 to 9 p.m. (doors open at 6:30)
Free for Editors Canada members
$5 for visitors

Find Us on Facebook

Whether or not you come to our gatherings, feel free to join our Facebook group and chat with other Kingston-area editors and assorted word nerds.

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Elizabeth d’Anjou and Stephanie Stone

Editors Kingston coordinators

 

 

Lessons Learned

Nine members and friends of the twig attended the first meeting after our summer break for a discussion prompted by the phrase “Today I learned …” The acronym “TIL” is widely used on Twitter as a way of introducing a comment; attendees were asked to each share something they had learned recently that was useful to their editing work.

It turns out that twiggers have learned quite a lot lately, from tips for more effective responses to potential client inquiries to thoughtful new ways of approaching structural editing to tricks for using Word that save time and reduce aggravation. One newcomer to the group shared her new knowledge about how many resources are now available to editors, especially online, compared with her memories of a previous foray into editing over a decade ago.

The coffee flowed, the snacks were shared, old friends greeted each other and new visitors were welcomed. We’re back in business!

Hope to see you soon,

Join Us

Ongwanada Resource Centre
191 Portsmouth Avenue
7 to 9 p.m. (doors open at 6:30)
Free for Editors Canada members
$5 for visitors

Find Us on Facebook

Whether or not you come to our gatherings, feel free to join our Facebook group and chat with other Kingston-area editors and assorted word nerds.

Elizabeth d’Anjou and Stephanie Stone

Editors Kingston coordinators

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Coming Up September 11: Today I Learned…

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Share a lesson from the past year and catch up with colleagues!

On “Editor Twitter,” many posts begin with the abbreviation “TIL,” which stands for “Today I learned ….” We thought that would make a good theme for an editor’s gathering. No matter how old we get, there’s something about September that makes us feel like it’s back-to-school time. And goodness knows we could all use a little wisdom.

So, we’re asking everyone to join us on Wednesday, September 11, at our usual place and time, ready to tell about something new you’ve learned recently. It could be a new editing-related skill, an insight that’s helped to improve your business, a quick trick in Word that’s doubled your speed ─ anything new you’ve learned and would like to share.

We’ll also have a short discussion of Twig business and national announcements, and plenty of time to catch up and share, network and mingle. Find out what your old editing friends have been up to and meet some new ones.

Meanwhile, we’re planning our second-ever twig annual general meeting, to be held online as a videoconference, later in the month. Details coming soon!

Hope to see you on the 11th. Bring a friend!

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Join Us

Ongwanada Resource Centre
191 Portsmouth Avenue
7 to 9 p.m. (doors open at 6:30)
Free for Editors Canada members
$5 for visitors

Elizabeth d’Anjou and Stephanie Stone

Editors Kingston coordinators

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Coming Up June 12: Summer Social at Merchant Tap Room

YES, summer is coming, despite the lingering chill in the air. Let’s celebrate!

We did well last year at the Merchant Tap Room, so have booked there again: 6a Princess Street, Kingston (just north of the Holiday Inn), 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, June 12.

It’s an accessible, historic stone building and has an extensive menu of food and draft beers.
Merchant Tap House PatioWe won’t be meeting in July and August, so don’t miss this chance to eat, drink, share summer plans, and catch up. (Elizabeth might even have managed to acquire photos of her workspace to share by then. ;-p )

Food and drink are pay-as-you-go. The $5 fee for meeting visitors does *not* apply for this social event. All are welcome; bring a partner or friend!

RSVP to Stephanie If You’re Coming

If you’ll be joining us, please RSVP to Stephanie Stone by Monday, June 10, at sstone4@cogeco.ca.

Parking

The closest street parking is on Ontario Street or else Clarence Street. There are also the parking lots on Ontario Street at Brock and opposite the Holiday Inn. There is a walkway just below the pub that takes one to the Brock Street pier and the waterfront park.

See you there!

Workplace Show-and-Tell

Eight of us had a lovely time sharing our workspaces at the gathering on May 8. Even in this small group, there was a surprising diversity even in setups!

Wade's Workspace

Wade’s desk at at co-working space downtown. Pros include no household distractions and encountering actual humans during the workday. Cons include a steady stream of tours for people considering taking desks at the co-working facility for fewer distractions.

Steph's Workspace

Right: Stephanie’s desk. Its generous size and the TWO lamps were much admired.

Mickeelie's Workspace

Middle Row Left: Mickeelie’s desk, submitted even though Mickeelie couldn’t be there. We were in awe. Copper pencil cup, fresh flowers, and carafe: dead giveaways that Mickeelie is of the Instagram generation.

Brenda's Workspace 3

The moment we have all been waiting for: Brenda’s treadmill desk! The treadmill surface folds up when necessary (“Oh, like a Murphy bed!”) to give the unit a very small footprint. Below left: the treadmill desk again. Below right: Brenda’s trusty assistant.

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Bob's Workspace

Bob’s desk. Computer is an all-in-one (no tower unit). Vintage desk was much admired.  Also the inspirational toy cars at left.

 

Adrienne's Workspace

Adrienne’s desk. IKEA brackets at the back mount the flat-screen monitor, while the laptop gives a second one. Ultra-wide keyboard tray. A PC-on-a-Stick lets her record versions of her famous instructional videos on using Word and other technology for both Mac and Windows.

 

And Don’t Miss….

In response to a request, Adrienne supplied links for more info on some of her tech:

Ellie declined to submit a photo (“I didn’t have time to tidy up”), but described her setup, which also includes a keyboard tray.

Elizabeth couldn’t get her photos to upload, and in any case explained that her office was in the midst of a slow makeover. Two new desks (a main computer station and a smaller drop-leaf one for the occasional paper work) have been installed, but the monitor stand arrived in the wrong colour, so a stack of reference books is doing the job for now.

And Lee, now retired, described how she got in the habit of working on her bed, with a big lap-board and, later, a laptop computer on a wall-mounted monitor arm, when there was no corner of a child-filled house for a separate workspace. Later, as an empty nester with a room to dedicate as an office, she couldn’t help but … put a “work bed” in it.

Want to Play?

Post a comment here with a photo of your workspace, or post it on our Facebook group.

Announcements

The conference is coming up, June 7 to 9. Elizabeth will be attending. She’ll also be at the AGM, which is held on the conference Saturday; if you’d like her to carry a proxy, she’ll be happy to cast votes for you. OR you can attend from home by Zoom. (Info and a proxy form have been sent to all members; if you need help, contact the national office: info@editors.ca .)

We’re hoping to have a Twig AGM in September again. Details to come. Next year we’ll try to move it to May.

Summer Social

Save the date: join us for dinner and/or drinks at a fine Kingston eatery on June 12. Details soon!

 

 

 

 

 

Coming Up May 8: Workspace Show-and-Tell

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Are you sitting in your usual workspace as you read this? If not, pretend you are. Are you in a home office? In your employer’s office? A café? An oak-lined library? What kind of desk are you sitting at—or standing at? Or is it the dining table? Or is your laptop balanced on your knees?

Do you have two monitors? Three? Is there an ergonomic keyboard that doubles your productivity? Is there a favourite mug always on your desk, full of chamomile tea?

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Are you by a window with a lovely view? Is there a bookcase within reach, or are all your go-to resources online these days? How far do you have to go for snacks? Are there by any chance … cats?

At Editors Kingston, we often share about what we do; for our May gathering, we thought it would be fun to talk about where and with what. Come join us and share whatever details you’d like about your workspace.

Share a Photo

LauravillejiquelWhy not snap a photo of your space, and we’ll have a slide show? Email your pic to Stephanie Stone at sstone4@cogeco.ca or post it to the Editors Kingston Facebook group by Tuesday, May 7.

You can do this even if you aren’t able to come to the meeting! The more workspaces, the merrier.

 

Join Us!

Wednesday, May 8

Ongwanada Resource Centre, 191 Portsmouth Avenue

7:00 p.m. (doors open at 6:30).

Free for Editors Canada members; $5 fee for visitors (first meeting free).

Coming Up June 12: Spring Social!

Details TBA.

 


Image Credits: Computer desk by Julien Houbrechts, used under Creative Commons licence SA 2.0. Medieval writing desk from the book South by East: Notes of Travel in Southern Europe by G.F. Rodwell (1877), public domain. Laptop at café table by Laorus, used under Creative Commons licence SA 3.0.