Make MS Word Work for YOU

Make MS Word Work for YOU

A Hands-On Workshop on Saturday, November 18

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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     $195 non-members

Regular price (after October 20):

$185 Editors Canada members      $220 non-members              

Includes lunch by Epicurious!

Register online.

Click to register now!

For additional information, contact Elizabeth d’Anjou at elizabeth@danjou.ca or Nancy Wills at nancwills@gmail.com

For more about Editors Kingston, see www.editorskingston.org

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 Amazon.ca 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

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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.