ACES 2015: Pittsburgh


Getting It Right in Pittsburgh

Join us  for ACES’ 19th annual national conference

The 19th annual ACES national conference will be held March 26-28, 2015, in Pittsburgh.

Online registration has closed. On-site registration will be available during the conference. More information is available on the Costs and Deadlines tab.


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 Steel City from our base at the Wyndham Grand Pittsburgh Downtown.

Training highlights

ACES 2015 will explore the theme of “Getting It Right” from three perspectives:

  • Fact-checking – Get the tools you need to guard against misinformation, hoaxes, plagiarism and fabrication

  • Cultural sensitivity – Learn how to keep language respectful amid quickly shifting social issues

  • Medical and health insurance editing – Explore these growing fields where editors ensure clarity on vital matters

You can also expect a wide variety of sessions on the following topics:

• Social media and digital editing
• Core editing skills
• Freelance editing
• News editing
• Job-hunting and career development
• Style guides and dictionaries
• Workplace leadership
• Editing for ESL readers

We’ll have speakers from Merriam-Webster, LinkedIn, The New York Times and other top organizations, as well as award-winning professors and successful freelance editor.

Keynote speaker

benzimmerBen Zimmer, executive producer of the Visual Thesaurus and and language columnist for The Wall Street Journal, will deliver the keynote address at Friday night’s banquet.

A self-described linguist, lexicographer and all-around word nut, Zimmer has worked as editor for American dictionaries at Oxford University Press and as a consultant to the Oxford English Dictionary. His writing about language has also appeared in The Atlantic and Slate, among other outlets. Zimmer is the chair of the New Words Committee of the American Dialect Society and serves on the society’s Executive Council. He organizes the selection of the ADS Word of the Year at the society’s annual conference. Read more >>

Spelling bee

Our first spelling bee was a big hit in 2014, and we’re excited to bring back this popular fund-raiser for the ACES Education Fund. In 2015, the spelling bee will be held on Thursday evening before the reception—which means there will be a cash bar available. That’s what was missing in Vegas!

Silent auction

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 69 scholarships to aspiring editors since 1999.


When the last session ends, ACES goes on! Join us for our Saturday-night social at Olive or Twist in downtown Pittsburgh’s Cultural District. A short walk from the hotel, this martini bar features a private upstairs lounge where we’ll enjoy heavy hors d’oeuvres, cocktails and superb company. (And it doesn’t hurt that their name is a literary pun!)


sponsorsACES features a small group of sponsors whose products are valuable and relevant to working editors. They’re also friendly and fun, and they bring great freebies! Be sure to visit their tables near the registration desk. Learn more about sponsorship.

Who attends

Each year, the conference draws 300-400 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.

Networking opportunities

In addition to the reception, banquet and after-party, ACES includes two-hour lunch blocks every day, so you’ll have plenty of time to get to know new people and catch up with old friends. On Thursday, we offer themed lunches so you can dine with a group of peers; past groups have included ACES first-timers, corporate editors, magazine editors, students, freelance editors and government editors. New this year, we’ll kick off the conference with an introductory mini-session for first-time attendees.

Save the date for 2016

ACES will hold its 20th national conference March 31–April 2, 2016, at the Hilton Portland & Executive Tower in Portland, Oregon.


15 Responses to “ACES 2015: Pittsburgh”

  1. Betsy MacCarthy

    I’m not an ACES member (yet) and have never attended a conference. If I were to fly in to Pittsburgh, do I need to arrive the evening before it starts (Wednesday) or the morning of the first day (Thursday)? Thank you.

    • Sharon

      Hi Betsy – I’m not on the conference organizing committee or anything like that, but I highly recommend arriving the evening before the conference starts. Last year was my first ACES conference and I was a brand new member – but because I arrived early, I was able to attend a freelancers get-together and met some great people. It was an excellent way to start what turned out to be an absolutely fantastic conference!

  2. Stephen H. Goldstein

    I had hoped to attend my first ACES national conference in March in Pittsburgh with Peter Parisi because it’s close enough to drive. However, its dates match the dates of the second-most important event that Transport Topics, where I am a copy editor, covers each year, the Mid-America Trucking Show in Louisville, Ky. No staff can take time off that week, we cover MATS in Louisville and here in Arlington, Va.



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