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Technical Editing

Instructor: Ann Fothergill-Brown

Is technical editing so different from other types of editing? The answer, as usual in our profession, is a resounding “yes and no.”

While basic language skills will carry a general editor a long way in a technical field, technical editors typically confront problems considerably more knotty than basic spelling, grammar, and punctuation. And they often must untie those knots at breakneck speed to meet urgent deadlines.

For the aspiring technical editor, this seminar will present an overview of the skills and the mindset that are required to edit technical material. It will also survey some of the thorny “tech-comm” debates about how to structure and present technical documents. For more experienced editors, the seminar will suggest specific strategies for approaching a substantive edit, and will recommend proven techniques for enhancing clarity during a simple copyedit. Exercises will reinforce the strategies and recommendations, and resource lists will back up the survey nature of the seminar with in-depth knowledge.

In the mid-1970s, Ann Fothergill-Brown found her employer’s computer training materials so confusing that she volunteered to rewrite them. Her success in that task led to a long career as a technical writer and editor, during which she produced or collaborated in producing highly regarded print and online materials for a wide variety of clients including Imperial Oil Limited, Mitel Corporation, Procter & Gamble, Best Foods, Health and Welfare Canada (now Health Canada), and the departments of National Defence and (then) Foreign Affairs and International Trade, among many others. In 1998, Ann transitioned from the IT documentation field to freelance medical editing, a new kind of technical editing challenge that has seen her copyediting for a broad range of research journals including Marine Ornithology, Peritoneal Dialysis International, Current Oncology, the International Journal of Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork, and the Journal of Applied Clinical Medical Physics.

Lunch included; please let us know of any food restrictions.

 

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Date & Time: Feb 24, 2018 09:00 AM to
Feb 24, 2018 04:00 PM
[America/Montreal UTC -5]

 

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Location: Université de Sherbrooke
L1–13305
Longueuil Campus
150, place Charles-LeMoyne
Longueuil QC
Canada
J4K0A8
 

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Registration Closes: Feb 22, 2018 11:59 PM

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Dwain Richardson
rqa-qac@videotron.ca
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