Belonging to a professional association has been the traditional way to meet colleagues, access training, and support professional standards. Some people find mentorship and jobs there too. A large number of members feel it shows professionalism.
In Canada, our national professional organization is the Editors’ Association of Canada (EAC). There are regional branches of EAC (and smaller local twigs) across the country. There are also associations not associated with EAC. Check them out:
- Calgary Association of Freelance Editors (CAFE)
- Professional Editors Association of Vancouver Island (PEAVI)
- Manitoba Editors' Association
- Aboriginal Editors Circle
But editing is only one part of your profession. A great many of us copyeditors have “beats” or subject specialties. In the USA there are some specialty organizations such as the Council of Science Editors, for example. In Canada, we seem to be limited to editing-adjacent professional organizations such as
- Indexing Society of Canada
- Association of Registered Graphic Designers
- Plain Language Association International
You might even find a role within one of the writers’ organizations such as Professional Writers’ Association of Canada (PWAC) or, if you have title credits:
Then there are the international editors’ associations that accept foreign (Canadian) members, such as:
- Editorial Freelancers Association
- American Copy Editors Society
- Board of Editors in the Life Sciences
Then, of course, there are services such as our very own Copyediting.com that give you access to all-inclusive training as well as meeting colleagues online.
Next week I’ll talk about other, non-editing professional organizations that can help boost your career. In the meantime, tell us what editing or editing-adjacent professional organizations you belong to.