The Benefits of MEA Membership
If you're passionate about clean copy, perfect spelling, great grammar, uncluttered clauses, and text that sings – you're not alone. This exciting association is open to editors, would-be editors, and former editors—that rare breed who get excited by a workshop on commas.
For $60.00/year, you can advertise your skills and services in our database page and receive a discount on professional development events, where you'll have the opportunity to have fun networking with Manitoba's publishing and editing communities. Check out some of our other member benefits below.
As a member, you can join our events committee and help to plan and execute professional development events. Volunteers are also needed to join the executive committee, keep the website up-to-date, and promote workshops on social media.
Let us know how you can help in any capacity, whether you want to develop a workshop and be the instructor, help with an event, organize an email database, or do public outreach.
Study Groups & Certification
The Editors' Association of Canada has posted certification information on their site. They also recommend the following resource pages:
Some of our members have formed study groups. For more information on where and when they meet, contact us.
The MEA produces occasional "musings" on issues related to editing and the life of an editor. If you'd like to contribute, please contact us.
You can access our newsletter archives here.
The listserv allows members to ask grammar questions, check how others tackle editing challenges, and discuss topics of interest to editors.
As a member, you can subscribe to the mailing list by sending an e-mail message to the list moderator, who then subscribes you. Once a new person is subscribed, the listserv will automatically add their name and distribute future e-mail posts to all subscribers.
You can read the messages on the list archives.
Courses for Editors
RRC offers "Editing Plain Language" as part of the Technical Communications certificate program. The course is usually offered on a weeknight and is open to everyone The Creative Communications program offers a course called "Editing Print and Online Media" and is available as a single course.
The University of Winnipeg's Department of Rhetoric, Writing, and Communications offers a number of courses, including one highly recommended course called "Professional Style and Editing."
McNally Robinson's Community Classroom offers workshops on writing, and occasionally on editing.
The Publishing program at Ryerson (Toronto) offers several courses in editing, some of them by distance education.
The Pubworks program at Simon Fraser University (SFU) has a new track of workshops in New Media and several new courses have been added to the existing tracks of books, editing, design, and magazines.