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February speaker Q&A: Voice coach, director, and writer Heather Dick

Heather DickIt’s February, and the weather might be cold, but this month’s speaker will get you warmed up—and ready to speak! Heather Dick is a performer, director, producer, acting and voice coach, and published writer who loves to bring humour into every aspect of her work. She has worked on stage across Canada for more than 30 years and appeared in film, television, and commercials.

Heather’s interactive presentation will literally help you find your voice and converse with colleagues, clients, family, and friends in a more confident and effective way.

Meeting details
February 25, 2014
Miles Nadal Jewish Community Centre, Room 318 (southwest corner of Spadina Avenue and Bloor Street West)
7 PM: Open discussion session for new and prospective EAC members
7:30 PM: Business meeting
8 PM: Information session and program (Heather Dick’s presentation)
9 PM: Mix-and-mingle over coffee, tea, and cake
Meetings are FREE for EAC members and students, and $10 for all other attendees.

Q&A conducted by Abby Egerter

What initially drew you to the dramatic arts?

I fell in love with the theatre when I was about eight or nine. When my mother took my sister and me to children’s matinee performances presented by a local community theatre company, I was fascinated with every aspect of the shows. I was captivated by the feet that I could see walking across the stage behind the curtains and mesmerized by characters like Captain Hook who swashbuckled down the aisles. (more…)

An editor by many other names: What does an editor actually do?


By Abby Egerter

A few weeks ago, I had a conversation with someone who had recently started working as a production editor. I congratulated her on her new in-house position and then paused for a moment before asking what she actually did.

Oh, she said, it’s really just copy editing.

And that, my friends, is one of the reasons I’m not surprised that many people don’t know that “editor” is actually a broad, vague term that covers a wide array of editorial tasks. There are developmental editors, substantive editors, and stylistic editors; there are copy editors, production editors, and proofreaders; there are also content editors and editors-in-chief.

Some editors specialize in only one type of editing; others will gladly handle jobs that range across a spectrum of editing tasks. Still others may not even edit in the usual sense: editors-in-chief are actually managers; content editors (sometimes referred to as senior editors) may be in charging of selecting or writing content rather than revising it. Additionally, an editor who is given one title may actually do a significant amount of work that is best described under another title, as is the case with my aforementioned colleague.

If all this has you scratching your head, take comfort in knowing that your confusion is (unfortunately) quite normal. Allow me to clarify some common editing roles.