You Don't Say John E. McIntyre writes about language, usage, journalism & arbitrarily chosen subjects.

A redaction of editors

The Baltimore Sun

A week from today I will be at the annual Editors Canada conference, presenting a workshop on macro-editing—looking at the big picture. A week from tomorrow I will be delivering the closing keynote address.

The real pleasure, though, will be the opportunity to see and talk with my fellow guardians of the lexicon. Several old friends will be there, I hope to encounter some of the people I met two years ago at the Editing Goes Global conference in Toronto, and there is the tantalizing expectation of meeting people previously unknown.

Editing is such a solitary and anonymous profession that there is always a great burst of joy when we can assemble, learn, talk, eat, drink, and relish being among our tribe, the smart people, however briefly. That has been the case at the gatherings of ACES the Society for Editing for the past twenty years, and there is no reason to think that Editors Canada 2017 will be less a delight.

Civilians have no idea what they are missing.


(One small thing in passing: If you bring a copy of The Old Editor Says to the conference, I would be happy to autograph it.)

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