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Webinar: The WordPress A to Z webinar series

Knowing how to use WordPress is an empowering and essential business skill in today’s world of writing, editing, collaborating and publishing online content. This is a four-part webinar series that will teach you how to use WordPress, the world’s leading content management system and blogging platform. It’s ideal for writers, editors, and anyone who needs to have a website or blog.

The four webinars are:

  • WordPress at 10,000
  • Building Your Site: Beyond The Basics
  • All About Blogging
  • Plugins: The Apps That Make WP Useful

This series is foundational and practical and covers everything that you need to know—no matter what type of website you wish to make. By attending this webinar series, you will be able to create a WordPress site.

Taking this series entitles you to a free WordPress site to practise what you’ll be learning.

This webinar is geared to editorial and communication professionals who are at any stage of their career, but who have little to no knowledge of WordPress.

Presenter: Bud Kraus
Dates: Wednesday, December 6; Thursday, December 7; Monday, December 11; and Tuesday, December 12
Time: 12 p.m., EST / 9 a.m., PST
Length: Four 75-min. sessions
Language: English
Level: Introductory
Member price: $192.50
Non-member price: $275
Register HERE


Bud Kraus has been teaching WordPress online and in NYC classrooms for many years. His WordPress series has been presented over the past few years for the Editorial Freelancers Association. Follow him on Twitter.

Save your eyes! Tips to reduce computer-related eye strain

Monitor glare

By Michelle Waitzman

Working in front of a computer monitor all day, as most editors do, takes a toll on your eyes. Here are some tips on how to reduce the eye strain that can lead to fatigue, headaches, dry eyes, and loss of concentration.

Beware of Glare

Glare is caused by light reflecting off your monitor and into your eyes. It can come from your windows or from light fixtures and lamps. Glare makes it harder to read your documents, reduces contrast, and can reflect bright spots into your eyes causing you to squint. It’s best to reduce glare at the source, but if that isn’t possible you can purchase an anti-glare screen to attach to your monitor.

Glare from daylight can usually be fixed by moving your monitor to a better position. Your monitor should be perpendicular to the window in the room, so that the daylight hits it from the side. Placing your monitor in front of the window will cause the backlighting to be too strong, which makes your monitor appear dark. Placing your monitor across from the window will cause the most direct glare.

Even with the monitor angled correctly to the window, glare can be an issue when the sun is low in the sky. Curtains or blinds are the best way to control the amount of daylight entering the room. (more…)

Promoting accessibility in editorial businesses

Web Accessibility Source: Shutterstock

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By Christine Albert

As a student enrolled in an editing program, I’m often asked to reflect on issues that may arise when working with clients. The discussion and module notes invariably focus on respect, clear communications, and diplomacy—about how the language of our queries and comments can affect authors. Yet, accessibility is rarely discussed, and few resources from professional associations or courses exist on how to make editorial businesses inclusive and accessible.

This lack of information on accessibility creates a disadvantage for those potential clients who may be physically or cognitively unable to use the same editing services as their peers. An author with multiple learning disabilities once explained to me that she found it difficult working with other editors: they simply wrote long comments using Track Changes, which she had difficulty reading. As a result, she had to constantly ask her transcriber to read her the edits and comments. After discussing the author’s needs, she and I worked out an alternate method that involved verbally communicating comments and large changes, which would let her work through the draft independently—a tactic that surprisingly hadn’t been considered by the other editors.

Lack of accessibility not only affects the services side of our businesses but it also affects our marketing efforts. Google searches for accessible and inclusive editing services turned up no relevant results. While searching editor websites, I was surprised to find that many do not follow the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.0 (WCAG) nor incorporate basic accessibility features. For instance, a number of websites could not be zoomed in when viewed on a tablet, while others did not have enough contrast between the text and background. As someone with moderate vision issues, I struggled to read the content on these websites. Potential clients with visual or learning disabilities may be deterred by these difficulties and look elsewhere for an editor. If we are to operate our editorial businesses successfully, we need to go beyond our assumptions of what clients need and make our services accessible so we can provide them with what they actually require. (more…)

Seminar: That’s the Chicago way: Learning to use The Chicago Manual of Style

Any good editor will tell you she’d be lost without her well-thumbed, heavily flagged, and coffee-stained copy of The Chicago of Manual of Style. But just what is this mysterious tome? And why is it so critical to the work we do?

This seminar will introduce you to the joys and sorrows of the book that most people simply call Chicago. We’ll start with a brief history of its publication, exploring how it grew from what was essentially a guide for compositors into the most trusted and widely used editorial style manual in North America. But the fun won’t stop there! We’ll also look at what it covers, how to use it, what has changed between the most recent edition and the previous one, and much, much more.

This course is highly recommended for anyone just starting to work as an editor or hoping to become one. (more…)

Webinar: Introduction to Microsoft Word styles 101

This webinar provides an introduction to styles in Microsoft Word for those who are new to styles of don’t feel comfortable with them yet. The key learning objectives of the webinar are

  • what styles are and why they’re useful,
  • what types of styles you can use in Word,
  • how to apply existing styles, and
  • how to create your own styles.

Date: Wednesday, February 22
Time: 2 p.m., EST / 11 a.m., PST
Length: 1.5 hours
Language: English
Member price: $56.25
Non-Member price: $75

Register HERE

Mike Pope
Mike Pope has been a technical writer and editor in the software industry for over 30 years. He lives in the Seattle area.