Coming Up June 9: Conference Confidential (and Social Hour)

ad-4-9375x4-8_0Can’t attend the Editors Canada conference in Gatineau this month? Come and get your conference fix vicariously right here in Kingston!

If you are going, make the experience last a little longer! Bring some of that editor magic home with you, hearing about sessions you missed and how your Twig colleagues experienced the big event.

At our June 14 get-together,  a number of Twig members and friends who are attending the conference, which takes place the previous weekend, will give short presentations of some highlights. Three are presenters or panellists (you can see the descriptions of their sessions in the conference schedule):

  • Adrienne Montgomerie—Live Editing (Sunday 10:15)
  • Elizabeth d’Anjou—Freelance Editing: The Top 10 Things I Wish I’d Known (Sunday 10:15)
  • Carla Douglas—The Future of Self-Publishing and Editors (Sunday 13:30)

Also attending and willing to report on a favourite session or experience are

  • Ellie Barton
  • Stephanie Stone
  • Nancy Wills

Come for the Conference Talk, Stay for the Schmoozing

As this is our last monthly meeting until September, we’ll reserve the second hour of the get-together for socializing/networking over munchies and drinks.

Join Us!

Wednesday, April 12

7 to 9 p.m.

Doors open at 6:30

Ongwanada Resource Centre, 191 Portsmouth Ave., Kingston

Both Editors Kingston members and non-members welcome


A Kingston Author Talks Editing—April Meeting Report


Diane Schoemperlen’s memoir, the most recent of her 12 published books, was longlisted for the BC National Book Award and shortlisted for the RBC Taylor Prize.

“It was my life, and so everything seemed important,” Diane Schoemperlen said by way of explaining why her editor at HarperCollins told her to cut 40,000 words from the draft she submitted initially. Nods and chuckles from the Editors Kingston members and friends who had gathered on Apil 9 to hear Diane talk about her experiences with editing.

While it was hard work, Diane looks back on  this round of cuts to This Is Not My Life as a good experience; she is grateful to her HarperCollins editor, Jennifer Lambert, for the guidance she provided at this point and through five subsequent rounds of structural editing.

The copy edit, however, was another story.

Read about Diane’s unfortunate editorial experience—a cautionary tale that reminds us all of the first principle of editing, Respect the Author—on Ellie Barton’s blog in the post “The Best and the Worst of Edits.”