Professional Editorial Standards in Action

Professional Editorial StandardsWhen: Tuesday, November 27, 2018, 7–9 PM (Please note the earlier start time, to accommodate our rescheduled business meeting.)

Where: Centre for Social Innovation (CSI) Spadina, 192 Spadina Ave., Third Floor, Room F

(Note: CSI Spadina moved across the street, to 192 Spadina Ave., as of late September 2018.)

Have you ever wondered whether your work as an editor meets the criteria set out in Editors Canada’s 2016 Professional Editorial Standards (PES) document? Have you read the standards but been left with questions about how to apply them to your own editing, or not read them and wondered what you might be missing?

Whether you’re familiar with the document or not, are new to the field or have been editing for years, or work in-house or freelance, our November program will help you gain a better understanding of the updated professional standards that were adopted by Editors Canada on October 1, 2016, and implemented on January 1, 2017. This meeting brings together four experienced editors for a panel that’s designed to take the mystery out of the standards by exploring how they work in practice.

Drawing insight and examples from their own backgrounds as practicing editors and members of various standards committees, Elizabeth d’Anjou, Amy Brown, Jennifer Dinsmore, and Laura Edlund will explore the four stages of editing covered by PES: structural editing, stylistic editing, copy editing, and proofreading. They will discuss the type of knowledge and practices that are required of all professional editors and the skills needed at each stage of editing. They will also talk about how they have applied the standards in their own work as in-house and freelance editors of Indigenous literature, fantasy and speculative fiction, educational texts, government documents, and more.

Based on standards that were first introduced in the 1990s and updated in 2009 and 2016, PES (2016) is a vital document for editors in Canada and for the editing profession. As a set of statements about levels of performance that editors aspire to achieve, the standards “clarify what is expected of Canadian editors and define the criteria against which their knowledge, skills, and practice can be measured.” Don’t miss this opportunity to learn more about the standards and how you can incorporate them into your own editing practice.

Resources: Download your free copy of Professional Editorial Standards (2016) here, and learn about Meeting Professional Editorial Standards, a series of workbooks based on Professional Editorial Standards (2009), here. A revised and updated version of Meeting Professional Editorial Standards, titled Edit Like a Pro!, is in process.


More about our speakers:

Amy BrownAmy Brown is based in Toronto and has worked as a freelance academic copy editor and proofreader since 2010. She is a member of Editors Canada and leads the Professional Editorial Standards Communication Task Force. As well as copy editing academic papers, she edited and consulted on the production of several self-published books on software architecture and psychology. As of October 2018, Amy has shuttered her copy editing business and is applying the skills she developed as an editor to a new career in personal and business development coaching.

Elizabeth d'AnjouIn over 20 years as a freelance editor, Elizabeth d’Anjou has edited trade books, textbooks, academic articles, memoirs, government reports, games, and more. She teaches copy editing for Ryerson University and presents communications workshops across Canada. She recently completed a two-year term as director of Standards on the National Executive Council, and is currently chairing the publications subcommittee for Edit Like a Pro! Elizabeth has held many other roles in Editors Canada over the years, including serving as national membership director, co-chairing the Toronto branch, and running the national conference (though not all at the same time). She lives in Kingston, Ontario, where she is a co-ordinator of the Kingston Twig. 

Jennifer DinsmoreJennifer Dinsmore is a certified proofreader and has been a member of Editors Canada since 2015. In 2007, she got her start in publishing as an editorial assistant for an academic publisher. Three years ago, she started a freelance editorial business and has completed projects for both publishers and independent authors. Her focus is on literary fiction, with an interest in magical realism and urban fantasy. Jennifer is currently a member of the editorial board tasked with creating Edit Like a Pro! She holds a BA(Hons) in English Literature from Trent University, as well as a certificate in Creative Book Publishing from Humber College.

Laura EdlundLaura Edlund is an editor, writer, project manager, and publishing consultant, based in Toronto. She works full time at the southern office of an Arctic publisher (Inhabit Education, based in Iqaluit) and takes on freelance writing and editing projects as well. Over 30 years, she has worked in-house (Inhabit, Pearson, Annick, McGraw, Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, Holt Rinehart and Winston) and freelance (Page Two Strategies, Nelson, Annick, JumpMath, Scholastic, Oxford, Kids Can, Toronto Star, Gage, etc.) Some editing specialties are writing by and about Indigenous peoples in Canada, anthologies, multi-lingual publications, plain language, maps, and technical illustrations.

A note about privacy and media coverage: This program will be videotaped, and an edited version will be posted on the members-only page of Editors Canada after the event. Please let us know ahead of time if you wish to avoid appearing on camera, by emailing the programs chair at [email protected].


ENTER OUR RAFFLE! All proceeds go into our programs budget to help pay our speakers and provide cutting-edge development opportunities for our members.

Cost: $2 per ticket, $5 for three tickets, or $10 for seven tickets.

Prizes: a Nespresso Pixie espresso machine, donated anonymously by a member of Editors Toronto; a $25 Chapters/Indigo gift certificate, donated by Jessica Alex of Upon A Star Books, Inc.; a literary tote bag, donated by Pulp & Paperie; a copy of Denis Smith’s A Dissenting Voice: Essays, Addresses, Reviews, Polemics, Diversions: 1959–2018 (Rock’s Mills Press, 2018), donated by Rock’s Mills Press; and a one-hour mentoring session (on any aspect of writing or editing) with Editors Toronto co-chair Jennifer D. Foster.

Editors Toronto would like to thank Upon A Star Books, Inc.; Pulp & Paperie; Rock’s Mills Press; our lovely anonymous donor; and Jennifer D. Foster for generously supporting this event!


Program details for Tuesday, November 27, 7 PM

LOCATION: Centre for Social Innovation (CSI) Spadina, 192 Spadina Ave., Third Floor, Room F

7 PM                   Branch business meeting
7:20 PM              Introductory remarks
7:30 PM              Panel
8:45 PM              Q&A and raffle
9 PM                    Mix-and-mingle (until 9:30)

Free for members; $10 for non-members; $5 for student non-members.

Directions, parking, accessibility, and other details about the venue are available here and here.

Trouble getting into the building? Text the programs chair at 647-607-0416, and we will send someone to open the door.

ACCESSIBILITY: Please note that the new CSI Spadina location is not fully accessible, due to a narrow (30-inch) elevator that is wide enough for many mobility devices, but not all. Please contact the branch programs chair at [email protected] with any questions or concerns about accessibility at this meeting.

PLANNING AHEAD: Editors Toronto meets on the fourth Tuesday of the month, except in June, July, August, and December. We’re currently working on panels devoted to the Giller Prize (on January 22), speculative fiction editing (on February 26), poetry (on April 23, to coincide with National Poetry Month), and barriers to entry within the field of editing, along with strategies and solutions for overcoming those barriers (May 28). Stay tuned for more information.

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