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Seminar: Intermediate copy editing workshop

This seminar is a hands-on workshop in which you’ll edit actual short manuscripts; the instructor will review the edits in detail with the group, discussing the reasoning behind various edits, alternative choices, and techniques. Throughout the course of the day, you’ll work on several different types of documents, practise using key resources such as dictionaries and style guides, create and follow style sheets, write queries to the author, and discuss the merits of specific editing choices with fellow attendees and the instructor. The session will also include a review of key copy editing guidelines, advice on finding information as you edit, and plenty of pro tips.

You are encouraged to bring
• a laptop computer with word-processing software (paper copies of manuscripts will also be provided) and
• a copy of the second edition of the Canadian Oxford Dictionary, if you have one.

Note: This session is not for beginners. Attendees should be graduates of a copy editing course or have equivalent skills and experience (such as editing under the supervision of a senior copy editor for six months or more). Further, attendees should know how to create style sheets and write author queries. (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.