Copyeditor training beyond the classroom. Second in a series.
Last week, I reviewed some certificate programs and courses for copyeditors. If you don’t want to commit to a course for 6 to 12, however, there are other training opportunities that are a bit more flexible. Let’s take a look.
Conferences offer editors a chance to get out from behind their desks. No matter where you are in your career, conferences offer some intense learning opportunities. Just as important are the networking opportunities and hallway conversations. We have so much to teach each other!
I spoke at the Communication Central Annual Conference in Baltimore last month. It was a great chance to share what I know and to learn from others. Many sessions discussed different ways to work more efficiently and effectively in Microsoft Word. I have yet to implement and share everything I learned, though I will review one Word software add-in in the December-January issue of the Copyediting newsletter. There were also sessions on working with self-publishing authors and an intriguing way to share large editing projects and still make a living.
The Conferences collection in Delicious lists more conferences. Consider attending one of them in 2012.
Workshops also offer a lot of learning in a little time. Many workshops are just a few hours, while others are all day. Because these are in-person events, you have opportunities for networking and hallway chats as you would at conferences. I used to enjoy my annual pilgrimages into Boston for Copyediting’s all-day workshops, and I still have all my binders.
Although the opportunity for travel is less with workshops, they can still be a nice day out of the office. Check out the Workshops collection for a current list of workshops.
Audio conferences and webinars
Audio conferences and webinars compress even more information into a short time, plus they’re usually less expensive. In fact, Copyediting just dropped its audio conference rates to $179 for nonmembers and $149 for members (platinum members attend for free). **UPDATE: As of November 1, 2015, audio conferences and webinars are now $79 per person.**
Webinars are similar to audio conferences, with the addition of video. Ideally, a webinar should be live and should run for just one session. If it’s recorded or it runs for several sessions, you’re really dealing with an online course—which is likely to be more expensive than a genuine webinar. There aren’t as many webinar offerings, but I did manage to find two.
Whether they’re for beginners or more seasoned editors, audio conference and webinar topics should be focused and detailed to make the most of your limited time. Copyediting tries to offer a balance of beginner and advanced topics. In the coming months, we’ll cover medical copyediting, charged language, and editing for the Web.
How do you keep your skills up? Share your resources in the comments section below.
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