Editing Goes Global 2015: Conference Highlights

an_octopus_drinking_tea_by_pseudooctopus-d4rnemeOkay, so things have been a bit crazy for yours truly lately. I had hoped to have this post up last week, but I couldn’t find a way to add any more hours to my days. Nor could I get my body to grow six more arms on command. Anyway, I’m here now, excited to tell you all about Editing Goes Global.

It was the first conference to bring together editors from across the globe, and it was fantastic! Unfortunately, there’s no way I can tell you about all of the fantasticness in one blog post. So here is a list of my Editing Goes Global highlights:

  1. Co-presenting an Intro to Networking session with the fabulous Sue Archer.

This is the first time I’ve done a presentation in front of actual people since high school, and, as you may recall, I was a little bit terrified. But we had a wonderful audience (they laughed at the right moments and asked great questions) and the presentation was well-received.

  1. Meeting Carol Fisher Saller and listening to her keynote speech about editing.

If you don’t know who Carol Fisher Saller is, give yourself a slap, and then go look up The Subversive Copy Editor or the Chicago Manual of Style online Q&A. Not only is this woman smart, but she’s also hilarious. And her approach to editing is the bomb.

  1. Attending Sarah Grey’s talk on inclusive editing.

I’d read some of Sarah’s articles about inclusive language, so I was really looking forward to this session. Contrary to what certain childhood rhymes say, words can hurt. They can also perpetuate stereotypes and keep marginalized people on the margins. Sarah talked about the importance of being sensitive to those words as an editor. (You can find a copy of Sarah’s presentation here.)

  1. Hanging out with John McIntyre.

As many of you know, John McIntyre, night editor at The Baltimore Sun writes about language, usage and any number of other topics on his blog, You Don’t Say. I had the great pleasure of hanging out with John, who is a true gentleman, after the conference banquet — he explained what makes bourbon real bourbon and had our table in stitches with his joke about the Scottish professor.

  1. Katherine Barber’s closing keynote talk.

Katherine Barber is an English language expert, who was also the Editor-in-Chief of the Canadian Oxford Dictionary. Katherine’s blog, Wordlady, is like an amusement park for word lovers — and her talk about what makes Canadian English unique was informative and entertaining. I still feel bad that there are people out there who don’t know what a butter tart is.

  1. Meeting so many editors from around the world.

This was the absolute best part of the conference. Over those three days, I spoke with editors from Australia, New Zealand, India, England, Ireland, and the United States. It was lovely to meet so many kindred spirits, and to hear about the similarities and differences in our work as editors.

It was hard to come back to earth after such an amazing experience. But I returned home energized and excited about what I do. And I can hardly wait for the next international editors’ conference!


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