If you’re an editor or edit as part of your job, join the American Copy Editors Society in Baton Rouge for a day of training. Our daylong “Editing Boot Camp” covers the basics of grammar and punctuation, clarity and accuracy, proofreading, headlines and style, taught by knowledgeable and experienced presenters.
When: Thursday, Oct. 13, 2011, 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m.
Where: The Advocate of Baton Rouge, 7290 Bluebonnet Blvd. (MAP IT)
Presenters: Merrill Perlman, editing consultant, retired from The New York Times; Teresa Schmedding, ACES president,AME-Paddock Publications; Lisa McLendon, ACES vice president-conferences, deputy news desk chief at The Wichita Eagle
What’s covered: Why editing is important (and how to convince your bosses); grammar basics; commonly confused and misused words; punctuation basics; elements of proofreading; clarity: smoothing out dense or garbled prose, streamlining copy; accuracy: checking facts and sources, ensuring charts/graphics are correct, identifying and filling in missing information; headlines: writing clear, informative display type; style: why you need a style guide.
This workshop has taken place but ACES will be planning more workshops in the coming year. Stay tuned.