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Aces in spades: Report on the ACES 2016 Portland conference

By Berna Ozunal

Aces in spades: Report on the ACES 2016 Portland conference

The iconic Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall Portland sign

What do you get when more than 650 editors from all over the United States and beyond get together in one location? Aces in spades. That’s what happened from March 31 to April 2 when the American Copy Editors Society (ACES) celebrated its twentieth anniversary in Portland, Oregon. And you can be sure that the whole event was run with unearthly precision and clarity thanks to the expert communication skills of the organizers.

Rose City

Okay, I have to admit that the location was a big pull for me this year. Portland’s the land of craft breweries, bicycles, trams, roses, food trucks, “tattoo ink that never runs dry,” handmade ice cream, and doughnuts… .

About the doughnuts: Blue Star is the best, while Voodoo has ropes and stanchions to control its hordes of doughnut-eyed tourists. (more…)

Video: Watch the panel discussion on making the most of conferences at our May meeting

At the May 2015 meeting of EAC’s Toronto branch, Sandy Biback, Christine Felgueiras, and Suzanne Bowness spoke with editors about how to get the most out of conferences, from first impressions to keeping in touch with new contacts post-event.

The early bird saves big bucks at EAC’s Conference 2014—register today!

Conference speakers include Douglas Gibson, George Elliott Clarke, and Terry Fallis.

EAC conference speakers include Douglas Gibson, George Elliott Clarke, and Terry Fallis.

From June 6 to 8, editors, writers, and communication professionals from across Canada will converge at the brand-new Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute in downtown Toronto for EAC Conference 2014—Tracking Change: e-Merging Methods and Markets. As well as sessions on everything from achieving financial security to editing digital magazines and the future of self-publishing, this conference also features two keynote speakers: Canadian literary stars Douglas Gibson and Terry Fallis. At the reception, we will also hear from George Elliott Clarke, Toronto’s poet laureate.

The schedule is now online. Exact times have yet to be finalized, but the conference days will generally run from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Don’t worry, there’ll be plenty of breaks for caffeinating and socializing in between sessions.

Parlez-vous français?

The conference team is very excited to offer both French and bilingual sessions. Bilingual sessions allow francophone and anglophone editors to attend the same session and network with a wider array of colleagues. You don’t need to be fluently bilingual to attend these sessions—just have a basic oral understanding of both languages and an open mind.