An Editor’s Guide to Assessing and Addressing Problematic Content
Words and stories hold power, and our role as editors is to help clients craft their writing to reflect their intended message. Even if we understand that biased or exclusive language can render text ineffective or harmful, addressing these issues is often easier said than done. In this session, you’ll hear practical tips that will […]
Anti-Islamophobia Editing: Using Inclusive Language and Plain Language to Counter Hate Speech
This webinar explores how radical editing can help mitigate the creation and perpetuation of harmful stereotypes. We begin by exploring one specific stereotype perpetuated by Canadian media and the resulting fear of the other. I define Islamophobia and explore how it is expressed in words and actions in Canada. I then provide the current legal […]
Tackling Antisemitism in Fiction
In this webinar, we will explore the deep roots of antisemitism in fiction and the harmful ways that antisemitic tropes continue into literature today. I will first provide an overview of Judaism and antisemitism for folks who may be less familiar. I will then go through a non-exhaustive list of Jew-coded traits to watch for […]
Inclusive and Conscious Language for Editors: How to Edit for Respectful Content and Why it’s Important
This webinar uses scenario-based discussions to explore issues of equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI). We know that language is constantly evolving to reflect rapidly changing social interactions and dynamics. How do we, as editors and publishing professionals, keep up with these changes? How do we express our flexibility, our willingness to change, in our work? What are the issues we need to be aware of as we consider EDI and accessibility? By the end of the webinar, participants will have an understanding of EDI issues most relevant to editing and publishing, and practice how editors can help shape language with an eye to inclusion and justice.
Gender-Inclusive Editing: Becoming a Radical Copyeditor
Language, as many of us know, is not neutral; it is the main method through which values, norms, and beliefs are communicated. It can be used to promote violence or liberation, depending on how it is used. Join us this month to learn how editing can be a tool for countering gender-based oppression.