October and November Speakers Nights

We’re excited to announce our next two Speakers Night events for October and November. Currently, Speakers Night is hosted virtually through Zoom. These events are also completely free to register and attend!

October 20: Epic and Urban Fantasy with Krista Walsh

Krista Walsh writes about magic, assassins, dragons, and badasses. Her books include the Meratis trilogy, the Cadis trilogy, and the Invisible Entente series. She self-publishes through her own imprint, Raven’s Quill Press, through which she also offers proofreading services. Join us for a discussion on epic and urban fantasy, writing, and self-publishing.

Time: 6:30pm to 8:00pm EST

November 17: Book Conservation with Christine McNair

Writers might like to think that their writing is immortalized once on the page, but that’s only true as long as the page lasts. This year, our holiday speaker night will take us into the realm of book conservation. Book conservator and writer Christine McNair will discuss her work at the Canadian Conservation Institute, including some editorial marginalia from medieval manuscripts.

Time: 6:30pm to 8:00pm EST

RSVP coming soon!


Looking for more professional development opportunities? See what other seminars are coming up and register today, before it’s too late! Our online seminars are live events and will not be recorded as webinar courses.

A Welcome From Capital Letters

Hey, folks!

Whether it’s been a while or you’re here for the first time, thank you for reading the revived Capital Letters. After taking a break and being compelled to think creatively about the future, we’re back with something new.

Our vision for the site is to create a space where wide-ranging interests can be indulged and explored. We want our members, local editors, and the wider publishing community in Ottawa–Gatineau to read and contribute stories, book reviews, thoughtful discussions, and withering insights. To help facilitate this, we’ve even launched our MatchUp program to help local editors meet other local editors!

So, let’s go word nerds, let’s talk about editing, reading, complex ideas, and creative work. Thanks for joining us on this discursive endeavour.

Seminar: Copy Editing II with Moira White – November 12 and November 19

This seminar is delivered on two consecutive Fridays in November between 9:00am and noon EST.

“Superb copyeditors need good judgment as much as language skills, and they must vary their decisions depending on the author they are working with and the conventions of his particular subject area.” (Rosemary Shipton in Darcy Cullen, ed., Editors, Scholars, and the Social Text)

Copy editors constantly need to make editorial and process decisions. Not only does the English language allow a variety of ways to edit most texts, but also clients’ needs vary from project to project. Copy editors can also offer value through their wide knowledge of language and content, as well as their skill with electronic editing tools.

In this seminar, you’ll practice on a variety of documents and learn tips and tricks from an experienced copy editor. You’ll leave with the confidence to tune your edit appropriately and sensitively, customizing each document to its genre and situation. You’ll also leave with a detailed handbook that covers the seminar content and more:

  • Where copy editing fits in the editorial process.
  • When and how to make decisions on grammar, punctuation, tone, length, language level, etc.
  • What value add-ons you can offer, such as creating a style sheet, checking facts, correcting usage, and formatting documents.
  • How to work efficiently using checklists, consistency-checking software, and Word’s editorial tools.
  • Apply plain language techniques.
  • Hone your technique for spotting errors.
  • Learn more about stylistic considerations.
  • Determine how much to edit.

About the Instructor

Moira Rayner White is an Ottawa-based editor, writer, and trainer. She has decades of experience in plain language editing, writing, and teaching for government and corporate clients. She has a Master’s degree in Social Policy and extensive experience editing documents so that they can be clearly understood by their intended audience.

Moira has specific training in plain language communication, copy editing, structural editing, stylistic editing, and proofreading. She has managed onsite production of reports in Canada, the United States, and Europe; has travelled across Canada with public consultations writing, editing, and producing reports; and has synthesized the work of multiple authors.

Moira is an honorary life member and past president of Editors’ Association of Canada (www.editors.ca). She is also a member of PLAIN (http://plainlanguagenetwork.org/).

Schedule: November 12 and November 19
Time: 9:00am – 12:00pm

Looking for more professional development opportunities? See what other seminars are coming up and register today, before it’s too late! Our online seminars are live events and will not be recorded as webinar courses.