ACES turns 20 in Portland!
The 20th annual ACES national conference will be held
March 31–April 2, 2016, in Portland, Oregon.
ACES is the nation’s premier editing conference. In addition to high-quality, low-cost training from acclaimed experts, you’ll get to visit and network with fellow editors and word nerds from across the country and enjoy the Rose City from our base at the Hilton Portland.
The conference is sold out, but limited on-site registration is available at the following rates: $175 per day for ACES members, $275 per day for nonmembers, $85 per day for student members, $140 per day for student nonmembers.
Who attends ACES?
Each year, the conference draws hundreds of attendees: editors for corporations, nonprofit agencies, governments, newspapers, magazines, websites, trade publications and book publishers, as well as freelancers, consultants, students and journalism professors. While ACES began as a journalism organization, the majority of our members now work outside of newsrooms, and the conference programming reflects that diversity.
ACES 2016 will include more than 60 sessions covering topics like:
• Core editing skills
• Diversity and respectful language
• Social media and digital editing
• Freelance editing
• News editing
• Job-hunting and career development
• Style guides and dictionaries
Keynote speaker – Friday night
Kory L. Stamper joined Merriam-Webster as an editor and lexicographer in 1998, and has defined and edited entries for a number of dictionaries and thesauri, including Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary, Merriam-Webster’s Advanced Learner’s English Dictionary, and the new Merriam-Webster Unabridged. In addition to defining, she writes on etymology and usage for the Merriam-Webster blog “A Thing About Words” at Merriam-WebsterUnabridged.com, and writes for and appears in the popular Ask the Editor video series at Merriam-Webster.com. Her articles on lexicography and word trends have appeared in The Guardian, The New York Times, and on Slate.com, and her blog on lexicography, harmlessdrudgery.com, has been featured in the Paris Review, The Millions, and The New York Times. She’s currently writing a book about language and lexicography. Kory earned her B.A. in Medieval Studies from Smith College with a focus on Indo-European languages and literature, and she likes her coffee like she likes her language: dark and murky.
Spelling bee – Thursday night
A big hit since its introduction in 2014, this popular fund-raiser for the ACES Education Fund will be held on Thursday evening before the reception. As we learned in Pittsburgh, a cash bar enhances the spelling and spectating experiences! You can watch by paying in person at the door; we already have 15 spellers signed up and we can’t take anymore because of time constraints.
Silent auction – Friday
As past attendees know, the ACES silent auction tends to get a little noisy, as people try to outbid one another to win editing-related, local and just plain cool items. The auction is held on Friday and also benefits the ACES Education Fund, which has awarded 88 scholarships to aspiring editors since 1999. Learn more about the auction.
The conference hotel is the Hilton Portland & Executive Tower, 921 S.W. Sixth Ave.
The Hilton is located two and a half blocks from the Pioneer Square North MAX light rail stop; the MAX ride from the airport takes about 40 minutes and costs $2.50.
Schedule at a Glance
This schedule is subject to change. See the full schedule.
Wednesday, March 30
- 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Digital editing boot camp
- 3 p.m. Walking tour
- 3–7 p.m. Registration
Thursday, March 31
- 7:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. Registration
- 7:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. Exhibitor/trade show
- 8:30–9:30 a.m. Opening general session
- 9:45 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Breakout sessions
- 12:30–2 p.m. Lunch on your own or networking lunches on-site (advance purchase required)
- 2–4:30 p.m. Breakout sessions
- 5–6:30 p.m. Education Fund Spelling Bee (spectator tickets available for $10 at door)
- 6:15–8 p.m. Reception
Friday, April 1
- 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Registration
- 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Exhibitor/trade show
- 9 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. Breakout sessions
- 12:15–2 p.m. Lunch on your own
- 12:30 p.m. Oregonian newsroom tour – meet in main Hilton lobby
- 2–4:15 p.m. Breakout sessions
- 4–7 p.m. Silent auction
- 7–9:30 p.m. Banquet
Saturday, April 2
- 8 a.m. – 4:45 p.m. Registration
- 8 a.m. – 4:45 p.m. Exhibitor/trade show
- 9–11:45 a.m. Breakout sessions
- 11:45 a.m. – 1:15 p.m. Lunch on your own
- 1:15–3:30 p.m. Breakout sessions
- 3:45–4:30 p.m. Closing general session
- 7–9 p.m. After-party (Ticketed event)
See the full list of breakout sessions.
Last but not least, ACES 2016 is set in the heart of downtown Portland. Frequently heralded for its food scene, natural beauty and friendliness, Portland has more breweries than any other city on earth and is home to the world’s largest independent bookstore, making it a perfect fit for ACES!
• Get cheap eats at the city’s largest collection of food carts, five minutes’ walk from the hotel.
• Shop ‘til you drop with no sales tax at big-name stores and boutiques alike.
• Visit offbeat attractions like the 24-hour Voodoo Doughnut and the world’s largest independent bookstore, Powell’s City of Books.
• Sample craft beer at the city’s 70 breweries.
• Explore the visual arts at the Portland Art Museum or the First Thursday gallery walk in the Pearl District.
• Take a stroll along the waterfront, explore the urban forest or climb an extinct volcano.
• Check out Travel Portland’s guide to free and almost free things to do.