EAC seminar: “Paper to Pixel: Editing for the Web”

Title: Paper to pixel: Editing for the Web
Date: Thursday, September 24, 2009
Time: 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Place: Hotel Ruby Foo’s, 7655 Decarie Boulevard (Metro Namur)
Instructor: Christine Hastie
Cost: $160 for EAC and PWAC members (PWAC members must provide proof of membership when registering) and $220 for non-members

Lunch and coffee breaks included.

What you’ll learn
Web text should be concise, scannable, and written using simple language. Hundreds of studies have confirmed this. But your client’s draft is a long report and doesn’t look like a Web page at all. Or perhaps a client expects you to develop Web pages from a variety of materials. This presentation will help you identify your client’s needs so you can offer Web-appropriate text. We’ll share ideas on making fewer words do more as they become a vibrant source of energy that attracts readers and carries them through the information.

We’ll cover

* Understanding Web readers’ needs and expectations in various contexts
* Structure and other features of good Web writing
* Developing an approach to the project and steering through the challenges
* Adding value and ensuring quality

Note: This workshop can be helpful for editors looking to enhance their structural editing skills.

Your participation
Please submit your Web text problems and samples to the coordinator, Claire Sutton, especially if they can be shared with all participants. Handouts and exercises in Word format will be emailed in advance. Bring a laptop, arrange to share one, or use the paper copy supplied. (N.B. Laptop not required for this seminar.)

About the presenter
After living in a Cree and Métis community for several years, Christine Hastie established herself as a communications healer in Montréal in 1993. She freelanced for a number of years—creating her first Web page and a touch-screen interface in 1997—and joined the federal public service in 2002. Now working at Ste. Anne’s Hospital in Communications with Veterans Affairs Canada, she develops tools for a community of practice in mental health. Specializing in rewriting, she contributed an article to La révision professionnelle : processus, stratégies et pratiques (2007), edited by Jocelyne Bisaillon. Christine has a Master’s degree in English literature from the University of Western Ontario.

How to register

* Register online only
* Note that payment by cheque or money order is possible with online registration.
* Confirmation will be provided upon registration. Receipts will be issued by e-mail within 10 days of registering.

Registration and payment information
Cancellation policy

Registration and Payment

Registrations will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.

* Payments by cheque must be received within 7 days of registration or the registration may be voided.
* Registrations must be received at the very latest five business days before the seminar. No registrations will be accepted after that date.
* Walk-in registrations on the day of the seminar and cash payments will not be accepted.
* Full payment is due at the time of the registration.

Cancellation Policy

EAC-QAC reserves the right to cancel any seminar if registration is insufficient. If a seminar is full or cancelled, you will be notified by email or telephone before the scheduled seminar date.

* Cancellations are accepted up to five business days before a seminar. A $50 fee is charged for each cancelled registration. No refunds are given for cancellations received within five business days of the seminar.
* Please allow two to four weeks to process a refund.
Cancellations can be made by sending an email to rqa-qac@editors.ca.

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