This is the last week to get in on the early-bird rates for the American Copy Editors Society (ACES) annual conference—this year in St. Louis, April 4-6.
As I said in a blog about the 2012 ACES Conference in New Orleans, I found my tribe. Give hundreds of editors several days to learn together, laugh together, eat together, be tourists together, and talk shop together… and community forms.
It’s like editor camp—except at the Hilton St. Louis at the Ballpark, within the shadow of the Gateway Arch.
The three-day 2013 conference covers topics as wide-ranging as “Federal Reserve Economic Data (FRED) for Journalists” (Keith Taylor, Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis) and “Fun and Games Editing” (Sue Burzynski Bullard, University of Nebraska).
The more than 40 breakout sessions include:
• “Editing for Readability,” Samantha Enslen, Dragonfly Editorial
• “Listening to Your Brain: Speed Bumps in Editing,” Merrill Perlman, editing consultant
• “BizSpeak Busting with Strunk & White,” John Braun, Vanguard
• “Basics of Editing and Proofreading,” Ruth Thaler-Carter, freelance editor
• “The Editor with a Thousand Faces: Zen and the Art of Copyediting,” Eric Althoff, freelance editor
• “Leadership in the Workplace,” Gerri Berendzen, Quincy Herald-Whig; David Brindley, National Geographic; Rebecca Dyer, The Arizona Republic
• “Centering Yourself in Social Media: The Hub-and-Spoke Model,” Erin Brenner, Copyediting
Other schedule highlights include:
• The latest Associated Press and Chicago Manual of Style announcements (and debate!)
• A half-day National Summit on Plagiarism and Fabrication
• A silent auction featuring plenty of word-nerd merchandise
• A banquet and keynote speaker Peter Sokolowski, Merriam-Webster Editor at Large
• A closing social at the Copia Wine Garden
And you can bet your serial comma I will check out that Arch! (Note to self: Pack sneakers.)
Early-bird registration rates are good through Friday, Feb. 15.
Amy Paradysz, Editorial Manager with Dragonfly Editorial, will be on the speakers’ panel about “Editing While Exhausted.”