The designer-editor relationship – June 8, 2022

Headshot of Peggy Issenman

Halifax graphic designer Peggy Issenman will be presenting on the designer-editor relationship. Peggy’s many years of experience include book design for McGill-Queen’s University Press.

If you’re interested in attending, email us for the link.

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Peggy Issenman is the founder of Peggy & Co., and the driving force behind the company. She is a seasoned visual communicator with a unique ability to cut through clutter and get to the heart of a marketing message. Her big ideas and analytical approach bring clients back again and again. By working collaboratively with a talented team of creative associates, Peggy provides outstanding project management, art direction, and graphic design services.

Punctuation Refresher – May 11, 2022

Longtime New Brunswick member Shelley Egan will address our punctuational bugaboos. Editors Canada members are invited to join us at 7:00 p.m. (AST) (7:30 p.m. in NL). Email for the Zoom link.

Even experienced editors sometimes pause to check the punctuation rules. You’ll enjoy this refresher whether you have been editing for years or are just getting started. We’ll focus on the areas of most need as identified by you, the workshop participants, and then edit a few sentences together. Finally, we’ll look at intentional exceptions in published fiction and creative non-fiction.

NB: To participate in the needs analysis, please contact Shelley Egan by 5 p.m. on Monday, May 9, 2022.

Shelley specializes in editing fiction and started her own business in 2016, after working as a Hansard editor since 2007. Prior to that, she taught English to international undergraduate students and to Francophone military personnel. A professional development enthusiast, she often indulges in courses, webinars, and workshops and offers two of her own, through UNB’s College of Extended Learning.

Tax Tips for Sole Proprietors – January 21, 2022

Back by popular demand! Free Tax Help for Small Business
If you have tax-related questions, here is your chance to get them answered. This seminar led by professionals from the Canada Revenue Agency will help you learn about:
• business tax deductions
• common tax errors
• helpful tools and services offered by CRA
• general bookkeeeping concepts and best practices
Join us Friday, January 21, 2022, 10:00–11:30 am Atlantic time. RSVP to and request the link to the presentation.

Seasonal Social – December 8

It’s beginning to feel a lot like twig time! Join your fellow editors and celebrate the season Wednesday, December 8, 2021, 7:30–9:00pm (Atlantic time).

RSVP for the Zoom link.

Bring a happy 2021 story, have a libation to hand, wear your favourite seasonal outfit or accessory. Let’s have a merry chat together before we say so long to 2021!

Lexicography as Editing: A Day in the Life of a Harmless Drudge

After the resounding success of our September presentation with Alan Sheppard, we’re excited to announce our October programming — Lexicography as Editing: A Day in the Life of a Harmless Drudge, a presentation by former OED lexicographer Deirdre Greene Lono!
Deirdre’s talk will include such topics as the practice of lexicography and how it overlaps with general editing, the history and compilation of the OED, and how its defining style affected the fiction style of J.R.R. Tolkein.
This presentation will take place on Wednesday, October 27 at 7:30 AST/8:00 NL. Members can request the Zoom link by emailing us at

What Do Publishers Want?

Alan Sheppard, production editor at Goose Lane Editions in Fredericton, will be giving a presentation to Atlantic twig members Wednesday, September 29 at 8:00 pm Atlantic time, 8:30 Newfoundland time.
Alan will be sharing his insider’s tips on what he looks for when hiring freelance book editors.
Any member who would like to attend this presentation and needs the Zoom link, please send an email to

The Art and Science of Mentoring: A Guide for Editors

The objective of the workshop is to prepare participants for a healthy, mutually-beneficial mentoring relationship, whether mentor or mentee, that will help them to improve their editing practice. Working in your editing business
usually means taking courses, workshops, or other professional development activities readily available online. Working on your editing business can be more tricky. That’s where a mentor can come in.

This online workshop will be presented by twig member Virginia McGowan, PhD. Located in Charlottetown, Virginia is a writer, editor, researcher, author, trainer, and mentor. She is an engaging professional with a broad range of experience. Check out her impressive CV here.

Editors Canada members are invited to join us Saturday, June 5 at 11:00 am. Email us at for the Zoom link.

WEB lunch – May 18, 2021

The Wolfville Editors’ Bunch will make an attempt to meet in person on Tuesday, May 18 at 12:00pm in Willow Park in Wolfville — if COVID-19 and the weather co-operate. If not, the meeting will be online. Watch this space for info updates.