What Skills and Knowledge Should a Professional Editor Working in Canada Have in 2021?

Presenter:   Berna Ozunal

Length:   Four sessions of 75 minutes each

Language:   English

Level:   Introductory

Type:   Informational

Member price:   $192

Non-member price:   $320

Editors Canada’s 2016 update of the Professional Editorial Standards describes it as “a vital document for editors in Canada and for the editing profession. The 2009 version defines the standards as ‘the knowledge, skills, and practices most commonly required for editing English-language material.’”* PES was developed and updated in a rigorous process among editorial professionals across the country in 2016. The first section, the Fundamentals of Editing, articulates the knowledge and practices that are required of all professional editors—whether you’re working

  • as a structural editor, stylistic editor, copy editor, or proofreader
  • in print or electronic publishing
  • in a traditional or nontraditional publishing environment
  • as an employee or as an independent contractor
  • in any combination of the above

This four-part webinar series will examine and explain these editing standards using real-world examples and references. A list of recommended print and online resources relevant to each session’s topics will be included. This is an ideal overview of the Fundamentals of Editing if you’re thinking about taking Editors Canada’s professional certification exams.

*Professional Editorial Standards (2016) PDF available at https://www.editors.ca/publications/professional-editorial-standards-2016.



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Berna Ozunal is a Toronto-based Certified Professional Editor, an editing instructor at George Brown College Continuing Education, the current director of professional standards at Editors Canada, and the chair of the standards committee. She works as an editor for the Medical Council of Canada.

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