You can often find Dragonfly folk at American Copy Editors Society (ACES) events. They’re a great place to network, learn new techniques and trends in the field—and commiserate with like-minded word geeks about style pet peeves.
At this year’s national conference in St. Louis, Dragonfly editors won’t just be listening to speakers’ advice: we’ll be giving it. President and CEO Samantha Enslen and I will both be speaking to the ACES crowd.
If you’re headed to ACES this year, here’s what you have to look forward to:
Editing for Readability, Samantha Enslen
When it comes to editing complex content (or really, any content), clarity matters as much as the message itself. It doesn’t matter how earth-shattering your point is—if readers can’t figure out what you’re saying, you’re getting nowhere.
Fortunately, a few simple tweaks can make your copy more readable, like sentence and paragraph length, word complexity, white space, and visual roadmapping. This presentation will explain how.
Editing While Exhausted, Samantha Enslen and Amy Paradysz, Dragonfly Editorial; Cori Dodds, Via Christi Health Systems
Editors are being asked to do more with less. With smaller budgets, tighter deadlines, growing workloads, and constant interruptions, how can we be as accountable for quality as we were in the past?
This presentation covers studies regarding the effects of multitasking and distractions, as well as a variety of tips and processes to get you to focus and pull through tough deadlines—even when you’re exhausted.
In between speaking times, we’ll be listening to some of the dozens of other talks given by the country’s editing titans.
There’s still time to register in advance for ACES 2013. Sign up, and meet us in St. Louis!