Word Styles and Templates Workshop


Microsoft Word provides powerful tools for creating and managing text styles. Many people think of styles mainly in connection with document design and layout, but even in the manuscript stage, styles are an important part of a clean, stable document and efficient workflows. This workshop will demonstrate how to take control of a document’s appearance and structure while saving time for you and for colleagues.

Workshop participants will learn how to think strategically about styles and plan their use; how to create, modify, and apply styles; how to manage styles using the Organizer; and how to store and document style systems using templates.


Word templates are powerful toolkits and one of Word’s most underutilized features. The well-known, ready-made layouts represent just one small facet of template use. This workshop will explore their potential to contribute at every stage of document development, from concept through writing, editing, and layout.

Workshop participants will practise using a range of template elements, learning how to create, revise, and apply templates; how to find and back up template files; how to populate a template with styles, autotext entries, custom toolbars, and time-saving scripts; and how to manage templates using the Organizer.

You are encouraged to bring a laptop computer with a version of Word (notes will also be provided).


Note: Participants should already be familiar with Microsoft Word’s basic functions related to the formatting of pages, margins, paragraphs, and fonts. Martha will be demonstrating on an Apple computer using Word for Mac 2011. PC and Word version equivalences will be searched for collectively in class.


Martha Hickman Hild is a freelance writer and editor based in Cambridge, Nova Scotia. Her career in publishing spans the whole transition from conventional paste-up through the advent of desktop computing to the complex digital workflows of today. Following an earlier career in academia, she worked as a technical writer, then in educational publishing and in the news industry before returning to university as a research administrator. She is the author of two field guides for amateur geologists.

 Date: Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Time: workshop starts at 9.30 am, finishes at 4.30 pm (lunch provided at 12.30 pm)

Location:    East Coast School of Languages, Classroom 10

1256 Barrington St.

Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada


Fees: lunch included for both half- and full-day workshops

Editors Canada Members non-members
half-day workshop $100 $125
two half-day workshops $150 $200

Registration: registration link

Registration closes on Wednesday, October 17, 2017 at midnight.

Please contact the Editors Nova Scotia co-coordinators (novascotia.twig@editors.ca) with any questions.