Calgary Association of Freelance Editors

A professional organization for freelance editors

Past Events

CAFE Member Beer & Pizza Night

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Come out and join your fellow members for a relaxing evening and catch up with the Calgary editing and writing scene while enjoying some good food and drink on CAFE.

Here are the details:

Date: March 9, 2017

Time: 7 pm to 10 pm

Venue: Beer Revolution, 1080 8 St SW, Calgary, AB T2R 0J3

Cost: Free for members and 1 guest*

Parking: Parking available in the parking lot east of the building

MapClick here for a map to the venue

RSVP: Please RSVP by March 8th to calgaryeditors@gmail.com

*Members, please feel free to bring a friend, colleague or client who may have an interest in the editing and writing community in Calgary (the more the merrier).

Annual General Meeting & Spring Soirée

June 23, 2016

Join us for our Annual General Meeting followed by our Spring Soirée. During the AGM, we will hold elections for CAFE’s Board of Directors and CAFE Committees for the 2016–2017 year, review the 2015–2016 season and discuss upcoming events and activities. A light supper will be provided.

Keep an eye on your inboxes for our formal AGM agenda, additional programming, as well as a call for nominations for CAFE’s Board of Directors and the nomination procedures. Please note that you may nominate yourself or any other CAFE member. If you are unable to attend the AGM, we will accept votes by proxy (must be a current CAFE member).

Plan to attend the Spring Soirée following the AGM. Come mingle with your fellow editors, writers and literati and, of course, enjoy the wonderful Gravity cheese plates and desserts. Admission includes one drink ticket (beer, wine, or pop) per attendee. We’ll also be appreciating our wonderful volunteers, so if you’ve volunteered for CAFE, please do try and attend! Purchase your tickets at the door.
Please see below for more details.

AGM Details
Date: Thursday, June 23, 2016
Times: 6 pm to 7:15 pm
Cost: There is no cost to attend
Location: Loft 112 (#112, 535 8th Ave. S.E.)
RSVP: Please send an email to calgaryeditors@gmail.com to RSVP by Monday, June 20, 2016.

Spring Soirée Details

Date: Thursday, June 23, 2016
Times: 7:30 pm until 10 pm
Cost: Tickets are $15 for CAFE members and $20 for non-members and can be purchased at the door (cash only).
Location: Gravity Espresso and Wine Bar (909 10th St. SE)
RSVP: Please send an email to calgaryeditors@gmail.com to RSVP by Monday, June 20, 2016.
Parking: Please plan ahead as parking may be constrained due to a street party occurring near the cafe this evening. Parking is free in front of the cafe after 6 pm, and along both sides of 10th street. Most street parking in Inglewood is free at this time, but please watch for clearly marked tow-away zones.

Writing the City Jane’s Walk

Saturday, May 7, 2017

Please join CAFE as we celebrate Calgary’s writers through the Writing the City Jane’s Walk coming up this weekend. Jane’s Walks are free, locally organized walking tours, in which people get together to explore, talk about and celebrate their neighbourhoods.

WHAT: Writing the City Jane’s Walk
DATE:  Saturday, May 7
TIME:  10 am to noon
VENUE:  Meet at Harley Hotchkiss Gardens (611 4 St SW, on 7th Ave SW between 4th & 5th Street) See walking route here.
COST:  Free!

Following the walk, which ends at Olympic Plaza, CAFE will head over to Milestones on Stephen Avenue (107 8 Ave SW) for some socializing and appetizers. If you can’t make the walk, feel free to meet us directly at Milestones.

CAFE members and joining friends, family or colleagues are welcome. RSVP to calgaryeditors@gmail.com so that we can ensure that we reserve enough tables at Milestones.

CAFE Meetup at Wordfest

Please join CAFE as we help celebrate Wordfest’s 20th anniversary with the festival’s “Reading and Q & A” event featuring André Alexis, Trevor Cole, and Patrick Gale (http://wordfest.com/session/reading-and-qa).

DATE:  Wednesday, October 14
TIME:  5:00 pm to 6:00 pm
VENUE:  Pages Books in Kensington, 1135 Kensington Road NW
COST:  Admission is free

Following the event, we will head over to the Winebar Kensington for some post-Reading socializing and tapas.  If you can’t make the Reading, feel free to join us for the meet-and-greet portion of the evening.

Please RSVP to calgaryeditors@gmail.com no later than Tuesday, October 13.

Annual Fall Fling

October 29, 2015

Kick up your heels—and maybe a few leaves—at CAFE’s annual Fall Fling.  Join your fellow editors, writers, and local literati for an evening of mingling, nibbling, networking, and fun.

DATE: Thursday, October 29, 2015

TIME: 7:00 pm—10:00 pm

VENUEThe King and I Restaurant, 822 11th Ave SW

PARKING: Plenty of street parking around the building

TICKETS: $15 for CAFE members, $20 for non-members

Tickets can be purchased at the event, but please RSVP to calgaryeditors@gmail.com. Ticket price includes one drink (beer, wine, or pop) and an assortment of tasty Thai appetizers.

Join us as we fling into fall with our members and friends.  And keep your eyes on the CAFE Twitter account (@CalgaryEditors) for a chance to win a ticket to the event!

Please RSVP to calgaryeditors@gmail.com no later than Monday, October 26.

Annual General Meeting

June 24, 2015

Join us for our Annual General Meeting, where we will hold elections for CAFE’s Board of Directors for 2015–2016, review the 2014–2015 season, and discuss the upcoming season.

Some of the board members are stepping down this year. In light of this transition, we are seeking to fill a variety of exciting board positions. For further information on our board positions, please send an email to calgaryeditors@gmail.com and watch for an email from CAFE for further information.

Nominations are now open for the 2015–2016 CAFE Board of Directors. Members may submit nominations to calgaryeditors@gmail.com. We will conduct elections at the AGM on June 24, 2015. Please note that you may nominate yourself or any other CAFE member. If you are unable to attend the AGM, we will accept votes by proxy (must be a current CAFE member).

The AGM is set to start around 4:00 pm.

Date: Wednesday, June 24, 2015
Times: 4 to 4:15 pm sign-in and socializing. 4:15 to 5 pm AGM. 5 to 5:15 pm a light supper will be provided. 5:15 to 6:30 pm presentation by Virginia Durksen. 6:30 to 7 pm clean up and opportunity to network.
Cost: There is no cost to attend
Location: Kahanoff Conference Centre, Room 203 (105 – 12 Avenue SE, Calgary)
RSVP: Please send an email to calgaryeditors@gmail.com to RSVP by Monday, June 22, 2015. We request nominations for the CAFE Board of Directors by noon Wednesday, June 24, 2015.

Presentation to follow the AGM at 5:15 pm

The Inner Editor: How I learned to read between the lines

As the first reader and editor of corporate and government reports, I have learned that editing issues—word choice, passive voice, long sentences—often reveal underlying content problems—fuzzy thinking, vague plans, and simply not knowing who is responsible. As editors, we tend to focus on one level of editing at a time. What we see on the surface can help us help our clients improve how they think, not just how they write.

About Virginia Durksen

Virginia Durksen provides training and editing services through her company, Visible Ink. She offers two-day workshops—Writing @ Work and editing @ Work—to clients across western Canada. Between workshops, Virginia takes on editing projects for select clients.

(non-members welcome to the presentation)

Annual Spring Soirée

June 11, 2015

Come and celebrate the arrival of spring with your fellow editors, writers, and literati at the CAFE Spring Soirée! It will be an evening of socializing, networking, and fun with members of Calgary’s editing and writing community.

DATE: Thursday, June 11, 2015

TIME: 7:00 pm—10:00 pm

VENUEThe King and I Restaurant, 822 11th Ave SW

PARKING: Plenty of street parking around the building

TICKETS: $15 for CAFE members, $20 for non-members

Tickets can be purchased at the event. Ticket price includes one drink (beer, wine, or pop) and appetizers.

We are looking forward to sharing a lively, wonderful evening with our friends and members. We’ll also be appreciating our wonderful volunteers, so if you’ve volunteered for CAFE, please do try and attend! Also, watch the CAFE Twitter (@CalgaryEditors) for a chance to win a ticket!

Please RSVP to calgaryeditors@gmail.com no later than Monday, June 08.

Annual Wellness Panel for Freelancers

February 4, 2015

CAFE invites all editors, writers, literati and other freelancers to our second annual Wellness Panel

It’s the New Year—a time for resolutions and positive changes; a time to welcome new ways of thinking about wellness in the context of being a freelancer. This panel promises to be an informative and inspiring event that will revitalize your freelance practice.

Dealing with isolation
Taking renewing breaks when working long hours
Balancing work with home distractions
Integrating exercise and maintaining posture
Creating a nourishing work environment that feeds productivity, creativity, mind and soul

Wellness Panel Night Schedule 6:30 to 9 pm

6:30 Book marketplace* hosted by Self Connection Books, and time to network colleagues and community members
6:55 Panelist talks on wellness for freelancers
8:00 Q&A and further discussion
8:30 More time to buy books/media and network with attendees

Our Sponsors
Community Natural Foods ($150 value door prize)
David’s Tea

Our Panelists

Mike Finch. Mike and his wife Marla have been the owners of Self Connection since 2003. Marla is the book person in the business, and Mike’s background and passion is technology. With all of the changes happening in the book industry and in retail trade as well as in the health industry, Mike and Marla are transforming the store into an educational center (including but not limited to books) where people can learn and grow and connect. The 4200 sq. foot facility now features a high-tech seminar room that hosts workshops every day as well as webcasts (online). There is also a new website portal offering a full range of education online via recorded videos and audio files. Their goal is to create and be a leader of the next generation bookstore. Winner Small Business of the Year 2012 Award, Community Involvement. SelfConnection.ca

Dr. Ron Stoley, Chiropractor, of Willow Park Village Chiropractic, Massage and Acupuncture, has been a chiropractor in Calgary since 1988. When he was young, he fell off his bike and hit his head. He was thankful for the referral he got from a co-worker to see a chiropractor. He walked into the office and couldn’t bend over, but walked out like nothing was wrong. This quick relief from his symptoms piqued his interest in chiropractic. Every day, he treats people who most commonly suffer from headaches and back pain. Dr. Stoley focuses on the underlying cause of physical problems created by environmental stresses such as improper desk posture and habits. TheCalgaryChiropractor.com

Kelly Kaur is a Certified Feng Shui Practitioner from Mount Royal University who has also completed the third level of Reiki training. Kelly grew up in Singapore, where she experienced the many facets of Feng Shui as it was lived effortlessly by friends, and by the country as a whole in its Feng Shui beliefs, philosophies and design principles. She is also one of the directors of the Sacred Lotus School of Feng Shui. Kelly is here today to share with you how to energize your workspace. FengShuiClasses.ca

Dr. Patrick Keelan is a registered psychologist with private practices in Calgary at Mission Bridge Psychological Associates, and in Cochrane, where he is the co-owner of Myriad Psychology Centre. Since 2001, he has been helping clients address many issues, including depression, anxiety, addictions, self-esteem, eating disorders, traumas, anger and stress management, as well as teaching couples skills to improve their relationships and giving athletes and other performers psychological skills to reach their potential. He is certified in cognitive behavioural therapy, which focuses on helping people change their thoughts and their behaviours to manage their emotions effectively. Prior to his career in counselling and clinical psychology, he worked in academia for several years doing research and teaching and was an instructor at Mount Royal University. He has completed 25 marathons including Boston and New York and is a two-time finisher at Ironman Canada. He uses the same psychological skills in his own professional and athletic endeavours, which he teaches to his clients. DrPatrickKeelan.com

Catherine Nelson-Reid. My yoga journey began 12 years ago, practicing two days a week. Then, a 30-day Yoga Challenge connected me to something incredible…myself! Things have never been the same and I have not slowed down much since those 30 consecutive days of transformation! Daily practice both on and off the mat for the last 10 years has brought me to my love of teaching and the love of service to others. As a teacher, studio director and now owner of the Bodhi Tree Yoga Centre, I strive to be continuously of service and to hold space for a practice that will inspire students to live a life of complete wellness -mind body and spirit, one of beauty and authenticity.

The Bodhi Tree Yoga Centre has been in service to the Calgary community for 13 years. We continue to offer inspiring, accessible practice to all levels of studentship. We are a heart-based community that supports and holds space for everyone to be as they are and to grow safely and joyfully within the practice of yoga—in life. BodhiTreeYoga.ca

Follow us on Twitter @calgaryeditors #CAFEevents

Tickets: $10 for members and $15 for non-members
Location: Kahanoff Conference Centre, 105 12th Avenue SE, Room 201

What does a chiropractor, psychologist, feng shui expert, journal/book curator and a yoga guru have in common? Wellness! #YYC #CAFEevents!

— Caralee Hubbell (@CaraleeHubbell) January 27, 2015

Don’t miss the wellness panelists, @selfconnection books, the prizes; feng shui consults & a @mycnf basket, & tea by @DAVIDsTEA #CAFEevents

— Calgary Editors (@CalgaryEditors) January 30, 2015

Last chance! The 1st person to reply receives 1 ticket to the #CAFEevents wellness panel; Feb 4, 6:30 @ the @Kahanoff http://t.co/AwOpoi6kzt

— Calgary Editors (@CalgaryEditors) January 30, 2015

 

Roundtable Discussion:  Marketing and Social Media Strategies 

November 19, 2014

Time: 7 pm to 9 pm. Discussion to begin at 7:30 pm
Venue: Sandstone Lounge in the Calgary Hyatt (700 Centre St. SE) Map:
Parking: $2 at Bankers Hall or $4 at the Convention Centre. CTrain access and street parking.
Refreshments: You will be able to order off the Sandstone Lounge menu. Everyone will be responsible for their own food and drink. CAFE will provide some light-fare pub-style appetizers for the tables.

The event will be live-Tweeted by our CAFE Twitter account (@CalgaryEditors) using the hashtag #CAFEevents.  Feel free to join in on the conversation!

RSVP by sending an email to calgaryeditors@gmail.com no later than Friday, November 14.

Annual Fall Fling

September 25, 2014

Another season of CAFE is under way! The Calgary Association of Freelance Editors (CAFE) would like to invite the writing and editing community of Calgary and area to the King and I Thai Cuisine for an evening of socializing, networking, and fun.

In previous years we’ve had representatives from the Writers Guild of Alberta, the Prairie Provinces Branch of the Editors’ Association of Canada, the Society for Technical Communication, the Professional Writers of Canada, the Alberta Magazine Publishers Association, the Independent Publishers Association of Canada, and many other friends and members of our rich writing and editing community here in Calgary.

Date: Thursday, September 25, 2014
Time: 7 to 10 pm
Venue: King and I Thai Cuisine 822 11th Ave SW
Parking: Plenty of street and lot parking around the building
Tickets: $10 for CAFE members; $15 for non-members. Tickets can be purchased at the door.
Ticket price includes one drink (beer, wine or pop) and appetizers.

We are looking forward to sharing a lively, wonderful evening with our friends and members.

RSVP by sending an email to calgaryeditors@gmail.com no later than Thursday, September 18.

Annual General Meeting

June 26, 2014

Join us for our Annual General Meeting (AGM), where we will hold elections for CAFE’s Board of Directors for 2014–2015, review the 2013–2014 season, and discuss the upcoming season.

Many board members are stepping down this year after serving multiple years as volunteers. Because of this transition, the future of CAFE is uncertain. For further information on our board positions, please send an email calgaryeditors@gmail.com.

Please feel free to come early and browse in the bookshop. The AGM is set to start around 7:00 pm, however, we may run a bit late on the start time.

Date: Thursday, June 26, 2014
Time: 6:30 to 70 pm sign-in and socializing. 7 to 8 pm AGM. 8 pm to close members are free to continue shopping and visiting. A light supper will be provided.
Cost: There is no cost to attend
Location: Self Connection Books (#125, 4611 Bowness Rd NW, Calgary)
RSVP: Please send an email to calgaryeditors@gmail.com to RSVP by June 19, 2014. We request nominations for the CAFE Board of Directors by May 25, 2014.

Annual Spring Soirée

May 29, 2014

Come and celebrate the arrival of spring (or, at least, its imminent arrival!) with your fellow editors at the CAFE Spring Soirée! It will be an evening of socializing, networking and fun with members of Calgary’s editing and writing community.

Date: May 29, 2014

Time: 7 to 10 pm
Cost: $15 for CAFE members; $20 for non-members
Location: The King and I Restaurant (822 11th Ave SW)
Parking: Plenty of street parking around the building
RSVP: Please send an email to calgaryeditors@gmail.com no later than Thursday, May 22, 2014. Tickets can be purchased at the event. Ticket price includes one drink (beer, wine or pop) and appetizers. We are looking forward to sharing a lively, wonderful evening with our friends and members.

Calgary Public Library: Self-Editing 101 Workshop

May 10, 2014

CAFE member, Susan Forest, will lead a free workshop on how to edit your own work. Register through the CPL. For more information check out this link.

Date: May 10, 2014

Time: 1:30 pm to 3 pm

Cost: Free with CPL library card membership
Location: CPL Central Library (616 Macleod Trail SE)
RSVP: Register through the CPL. For those that attended, check for this downloadable PDF for the notes from Susan’s workshop. Susan Forest – Editing 101

Calgary Public Library Writers’ Weekend 2014

February 1, 2014

Central Public Library 616 Macleod Trail SE

The Calgary Public Library is hosting their Writers’ Weekend on February 1st at the Central Public Library. Local experts will be presenting throughout the day and the CPL has organized a resource fair with representatives from Calgary’s writing community.

CAFE will have representatives there to meet editors, writers and the literati community at-large. Come meet the editors at the Resource Fair!

For more information on Writers’ Weekend classes click here.
To find out more about the CPL Resource Fair attendees check out the CPL’s Writer’s Nook Part 1 and Part 2.
Register through the CPL program site click here.

Programs are free, but you must have a valid CPL card to attend.

Wellness Panel for Freelancers

January 23, 2014

CAFE invites all editors, writers, literati and other freelancers

It’s the New Year—a time for resolutions and positive changes; a time to welcome new ways of thinking about wellness in the context of being a freelancer. This panel promises to be an informative and inspiring event that will revitalize your freelance practice.

Dealing with isolation
Taking renewing breaks when working long hours
Balancing work with home distractions
Integrating exercise and maintaining posture
Creating a nourishing work environment that feeds productivity, creativity, mind and soul

 Come join us for an evening or wellness and renewal.

Panelists:

Mia StayskoFeng Shui expert, of White Lotus Interiors, helps people to design and refine their spaces to break up blockages, align with their personal energies and reflect their highest aspirations. WhiteLotusInteriors.ca

Dr. Ron Stoley, Chiropractor, of Willow Park Village Chiropractic, Massage and Acupuncture, wants you to stay informed about modern chiropractic care, how your lifestyle affects your health, and what chiropractors can do to help you stay pain-free. TheCalgaryChiropractor.com

Dr. Lindsay Kellington, Naturopath, of Active Back to Health Centre, uses a combination of conventional and alternative treatment methods to help guide the body and mind toward optimal, vibrant health. ActiveBackToHealth.com

Catherine Nelson-Reid, Yoga teacher, Studio Director and Owner, of Bodhi Tree Yoga Centre, strives to offer yoga as it was intended: accessible to everyone, making wellness open and available to all individuals. BodhiTreeYoga.ca

Mike Finch, of Self Connection Books—supplier of health, wellness, metaphysical, new age, alternative health, and self-development books, CDs and DVDs—will talk about purposeful journaling and provide a book marketplace for workshop attendees. SelfConnection.ca 

Sponsors: David’s Tea and Community Natural Foods
Location: McDougall Centre, Rosebud Room
Time: 6 to 6:30 pm enjoy some David’s Tea and browse the Self Connection Books marketplace; 6:30 to 8:30 pm panel discussion.

Calgary Public Library Presentation on the new Central Library Project 

November 21, 2013

Rosemary Griebel, Calgary Public Library’s Manager of Special Projects, will provide an update on plans and progress for the CPL’s new Central Library in the East Village. She will describe some of the new features and services we can look forward to using in the new Central Library. She’ll also discuss CPL’s extensive efforts to obtain and incorporate input from library users and other stakeholders.

Date: Thursday, November 21, 2013
Time: 11:30 am to 1 pm
From 1 to 3:30 pm. There will be a free movie (Under the Tuscan Sun) for CPL cardholders on the second floor John Dutton Theatre.
Location: Second Floor Boardroom, Calgary Public Library Central Library, 616 Macleod Trail (at the LRT City Hall stop)
Refreshments: Please bring a bag lunch. Coffee, tea, water and juice will be provided.
RSVP: Please send an email to calgaryeditors@gmail.com by Monday, November 18, 2013.

We rely on numbers from RSVPs to plan important things such as catering and event handouts. If you have RSVP’d for an event but find you can no longer attend, please send a note to calgaryeditors@gmail.com as soon as possible so that we can adjust our numbers and plan appropriately in order to deliver a successful event.

Annual Fall Fling

October 24, 2013

Another season of CAFE is under way! The Calgary Association of Freelance Editors (CAFE) would like to invite the writing and editing community of Calgary and area to the Commonwealth Bar & Stage for an evening of socializing, networking, and fun.

Date: Thursday, October 24, 2013
Time: 6 pm to 10 pm (The venue is open until midnight, and you’re welcome to stay.)
Cost: $15 for CAFE members; $20 for non-members. Tickets can be purchased at the door.
Location: Commonwealth Bar & Stage (731 10 Ave SW, Calgary). There is plenty of street and lot parking around the building.
Refreshments: Commonwealth has changed their menu to…Tubby Dog hot dogs! Your ticket includes two mini classics and one drink ticket. All hot dogs can be served as a vegetarian option.

Roundtable Discussion: How to Communicate with Prospective Clients

October 2, 2013

The event was a roundtable discussion on how to most effectively communicate with prospective clients. Topics included the initial communication process, what questions to ask of a prospective client, and what kinds of information you should have before accepting a job.

Date: Wednesday, October 2, 2013
Time: 5 pm to 8 pm
Cost: There is no cost to attend
Location: Sandstone Lounge in the Calgary Hyatt (700 Centre Street SE)
Refreshments: You will be able to order off the Sandstone Lounge menu. Everyone will be responsible for their own food and drink.

The event was live-Tweeted by our CAFE Twitter account (@CalgaryEditors) using the hashtag #CAFEevents.

Update on Roundtable Event

On October 2nd, a group of about 20 editors and writers met at the Sandstone Lounge in the Calgary Hyatt to discuss the hot topic of how to communicate with prospective clients.

Groups were given specific questions to discuss such as how to handle general inquiries about pricing, how to set pricing, and how to communication over long distances. Groups also discussed important issues such as tracking project time, including important stipulations in contracts and balancing schedules.

After this fun evening of interesting debate and socializing, the CAFE board is organizing a working group to create a PDF template for editors to initiate communication with potential clients. If you are a member and interested in joining this working group, please email calgaryeditors@gmail.com with the subject line Potential Client PDF Project.

Annual General Meeting and Shelf Life Books Presentation

July 10, 2013

Join us for our rescheduled Annual General Meeting (AGM), where we will hold elections for CAFE’s Board of Directors for 2013–2014, review the 2012–2013 season, and discuss the upcoming season.

Store Manager, Will Lawrence, or a member of the Shelf Life staff will give a brief introduction to Shelf Life Books, discussing the joys and challenges of running an independent bookstore in Calgary. Shelf Life Books is “a thoughtfully curated independent bookstore in Calgary, promoting Canadian authors and going beyond the mass market.” Learn how the store serves local readers and writers by carefully selecting its stock; hosting book launches, readings, discussions, and other events; and offering reading recommendations and reviews.

Please feel free to come early and browse in the bookshop. The AGM is set to start around 7 pm, however, we may run a bit late on the start time depending on the completion time of the presentation. Shelf Life has agreed to allow us some leeway on our AGM end time.

Time: Sign-in and socializing 6:30 to 6:45 pm. Presentation 6:45 pm, followed by the AGM. A light supper will be provided.
Cost: There is no cost to attend
Location: Shelf Life Books, corner of 4th Street and 13th Avenue SW (in Mission District). Free street parking after 6 pm.
RSVP: Please send an email to calgaryeditors@gmail.com to RSVP and nominate a member (or yourself) for the CAFE Board of Directors by noon on Monday, July 8, 2013

Annual Spring Soirée

May 30, 2013

Spring has sprung once again (we hope you are enjoying the beautiful weather). CAFE would like to invite the writing and editing community of Calgary and area to the Commonwealth Bar & Stage for an evening of socializing, networking, and fun.

In previous years, we’ve had representatives from the Writers Guild of Alberta, the Prairie Provinces Branch of the Editors’ Association of Canada, the Society for Technical Communication, the Professional Writers of Canada, the Alberta Magazine Publishers Association, the Independent Publishers Association of Canada, and many other friends and members of our rich writing and editing community here in Calgary.

Time: 7 pm to 10 pm (The venue is open until midnight, and you’re welcome to stay.)
Cost: $15 for CAFE members; $20 for non-members
Location: Commonwealth Bar & Stage (731 10 Ave SW, Calgary)
RSVP: Please send an email to calgaryeditors@gmail.com no later than Friday, May 24

 

Editing Roundtable: “The Pleasures and Pitfalls of Working from Home” and “How to Set Rates”

April 4, 2013

Do you work from home? Get out of the house and join the Calgary Association of Freelance Editors for a lively roundtable discussion.

We will discuss the pleasures and pitfalls of working from home as well as how to set rates. If you’re a freelancer, chances are at some point you’ve wondered, “How much am I worth? How much can I get? How much will they pay?” Come join your colleagues and share your experiences.

Time: 7 to 9 pm
Cost: There is no cost to attend. Refreshments will be available to purchase.
Location: Joyce on 4th pub (506 24 Ave SW)
RSVP: Email calgaryeditors@gmail.com. Walk-ins are also welcome. If there is anything specific you want to discuss, feel free to include a topic with your RSVP and we will do our best to incorporate it into the discussion.

Update on Round Table Event

On the evening of Thursday, April 4, about twenty-five CAFE members and other local editors and writers gathered in the back room of the Joyce on 4th to discuss common issues such as working from home and setting freelance rates. It was a lively gathering, as Margaret Chandler and a number of her students from the Mount Royal Professional Editing Certificate program joined us.

Also, there was Bob from IABC, who said that most freelance editors and writers tend to undercharge and undervalue their services. He passed around a recent survey of rates from the Professional Writers association of Canada, which can be found at the link provided below. Chari Smith, president of Wordsmith Associates, also shared her view that corporations and bureaucracies will pay substantial rates for highly skilled editing like the plain language work Wordsmith performs. Several veterans chimed in about the importance of keeping careful track of time spent on projects, for both billing and informational purposes.

The roundtable format is obviously very popular, so we intend to have at least one every year. Many thanks to Margaret and her keen students for attending and contributing so energetically!

Following are some additional resources:

Professional Writers Association of Canada “What to pay a writer”

Editorial Freelancers Association “Editorial Rates”

 

Quarterly Meeting: Tax Matters for Freelancers Revisited

February 20, 2013

Don’t look now, but tax time is almost upon us again. Most freelancers are better wordsmiths than number-crunchers, but meeting tax obligations is a key aspect of your business. Whether you’re a freelancer, a contractor, or run your own company, being aware of current best practices in your relationship with the Canada Revenue Agency can save you plenty of time, trouble, and, of course, money.

Please join CAFE as we present Tony Warren, of QED Applied Research, a Calgary small-business consultancy, who will lay out, in broad strokes and helpful detail, what you need to know to make tax season less stressful—and less costly—including:

  • what sort of expenses are claimable and how to take advantage of all your deductions
  • who needs a GST number, how to get one, and what to do with it
  • how to pay tax by installments
  • what options are available for contributing to CPP & EI
  • what the pros and cons are of incorporations/partnerships, etc.
  • how to make use of Canada Revenue Agency help and resources

To help tailor the presentation to your needs, we invite you to submit questions in advance when you register, although we can’t guarantee they will all be addressed.

Time: Sign-up starts at 6:30 pm. The program starts at 7 pm. Refreshments and networking until 9 pm.
Cost: Free to CAFE and STC members; $10 for non-members
Location: McDougall Centre, Media Room, 455 6th Street S.W.
RSVP: RSVP online, walk-ins are also welcome

 

Planning for Success: Business Plans for Freelancers

November 27, 2012

So you want to be a freelancer. You have an idea…now let’s work on a plan. Join our panel of experts to learn some tips to help develop a plan to meet your goals of financial success and independence. Panel members include Judy McMillan-Evans, an instructor with Mount Royal

University’s Entrepreneurship Certificate of Completion Program; Sally Truss (Truss & Ross Polymaths) of the Calgary Branch of the International Association of Business Communicators’ Company of One; and CAFE’s very own Caralee Hubbell as they discuss the 5 Ws of business plan development and share some of their personal experience of researching and marketing the unique skills of freelancers and independent contractors.

Time: Sign-up starts at 6:30 pm. The program starts at 7 pm. Refreshments and networking until 9 pm
Cost: Free to CAFE and STC members; $10 for non-members
Location: McDougall Centre, Media Room, 455 6th Street S.W.
RSVP: RSVP online or by e-mail to calgaryeditors@gmail.com by November 23, walk-ins are also welcome

 

Fall Fling

October 23, 2012

Our Spring Fling was such a success, we’re doing it again. Catch up with friends and colleagues, and meet some new ones. The Calgary Association of Freelance Editors (CAFE) invites the editing and writing community of Calgary and area to the Commonwealth Bar & Stage for an evening of socializing, networking and fun.

Not a member? Annual membership is only $45. JOIN US via PayPal at www.calgaryeditors.com or by cash or cheque at the event. There will also be draw prizes, so don’t forget your business card. We look forward to seeing you there!

Time: 7 to 10 pm but the venue is open until midnight, so you’re welcome to stay longer
Cost: $15 for CAFE members, $20 for non-members
Location: Commonwealth Bar & Stage (733 10 Ave SW, Calgary)
RSVP: RSVP online no later than Monday, October 22

 

A “Sneak Peek” of MRU’s New Professional Editing Extension Certificate Program

September 12, 2012

Join Mount Royal University’s Patty Moore, Program Administrator, Business Education & Training, Faculty of Continuing Education & Extension, and Grant Slessor, Program Coordinator, Professional Editing Program for a sneak peek of MRU’s new Professional Editing Extension Certificate Program. Learn more about the audience, course schedule, required courses, course materials, and costs of this exciting new program offering.

Attendance is restricted to CAFE members and their guests. You will also be able to renew your membership or become a new member at this meeting, so don’t forget to bring your chequebook, too! The membership fee is only $45.00 and is good through August 31, 2013.

Time: 7 to 9 pm
Cost: Free
Location: McDougall Centre (455 6 St SW) Media Room
RSVP: calgaryeditors@gmail.com by Monday, September 10

P.S. We will also be providing a sneak peek of our own. Come hear about our exciting program plans for the coming year. And don’t forget your business card, as we’ll have a couple of draws for prizes.

 

Annual General Meeting and Digital Library Tour

June 12, 2012

Join us for our Annual General Meeting where we will hold elections for CAFE’s Board of Directors for 2012–2013, review the current 2011–2012 season, and discuss the upcoming season.

Then meet with Donna Livingstone (Director, Communications and Development, and Libraries and Cultural Resources Director, University of Calgary Press, University of Calgary) who will describe the state-of-the-art research at the new Taylor Family Digital Library and lead a guided tour.

Time: AGM 2 to 2:30 pm; talk and tour 2:30 to 4 pm
Cost: Free
Location: Room 637 of the  Taylor Family Digital Library (TFDL). Go to the 6th floor, turn left off the elevators, and go into the first door/hall on your left. Parking is available in the Arts Parkade with daily parking for $8.00. A map of the University of
Calgary campus is available at http://www.ucalgary.ca/map/.
RSVP: Register online no later than Friday, June 8

 

The Intricate Word

May 8, 2012

An evening of technical brilliance demonstrating how to employ macros and wildcard searches to improve the editor’s use of Microsoft Word with John King of University of Calgary Press, Senior Editor/Acquisitions/Project Coordinator

Time: 7 to 9 pm, networking until 10 pm
Cost: free for CAFE members, $5 for non-members
Bring cash or cheque payable to CAFE
Location: University of Calgary Gallery Hall, main floor of the new Taylor Family Digital Library (TFDL)
See campus and parking maps
RSVP: LIMITED SEATS Register online no later than May 4 (Friday)

 

Spring Soirée

April 10, 2012

Spring has sprung and the Calgary Association of Freelance Editors (CAFE) would like to invite the writing and editing community of Calgary and area to the Commonwealth Bar & Stage for an evening of socializing, networking and fun.

Time: 7 pm to midnight
Cost: $15 for CAFE members; $20 for non-members
Includes one drink ticket and assorted canapés
Bring cash or cheque payable to “CAFE”
Location: Commonwealth Bar & Stage (733 10 Ave SW, Calgary)
Plenty of street and lot parking around the building
RSVP: RSVP online no later than April 5

 

Copyright Law and Freelance Editing

February 7, 2012

Michael Whitt and Martin Kratz of Bennett Jones will be speaking on the topic of copyright law, its application to freelance editing and the current relevant changes to copyright law proposed in Canada and the United States.

Michael Whitt is co-leader of the firm’s information technology practice. He wrote A Patent Agent (2001) and a Trademark Agent (1994).  In addition to being a lawyer, Michael Whitt advises technology-based businesses on commercialization and compliance matters, and on the structure, negotiation and documentation of novel business models, strategies and transactions, particularly regarding intellectual property and information and other technologies. Michael has been involved with computer and information technologies for over three decades and advises small, medium and large clients with technology or intellectual property assets and operations. Clients include manufacturers, vendors, technology acquirers, bulletin boards, ISPs, ASPs, e-Commerce and web-enabled transaction providers, infrastructure providers, agricultural and biotechnology operations, health informatics providers and users, geospatial and location-based service providers and professional self-governing bodies.

Time: 7 to 9 pm (sign-in at 7 pm, program at 7:15 pm, refreshments and networking until 9 pm)
Cost: Free for CAFE members and affiliates; $5 for non-members
Location: McDougall Centre (455 6 St SW) Media Room
RSVP: To calgaryeditors@gmail.com by February 5, walk-ins are also welcome

 

Eight-Step Editing with Jim Taylor

October 22, 2011

Using a step-by-step process, this program helps you identify and cure the most common factors in writing that become obstacles for readers. If you’re a writer or want to be a writer, using these steps helps you make your more acceptable, by doing for yourself many of the things an editor would have to do later. If you’re the kind of person others give their letters and papers to, to check over, this program will show you what to look for. The program won’t teach you how to spell, or teach you how to get started writing. It will teach you how to make your drafts more readable, more compelling, and more publishable.

Jim Taylor developed Eight Step Editing as a workshop for the Editors’ Association of Canada in 1985. He has led sold-out sessions every year since in Toronto, Ottawa, Vancouver, Halifax, Montreal and Kelowna. Jim has over 50 years’ experience in the communications industry – in radio, television, magazines, books, and newspapers. He founded and managed his own publishing house for 16 years, is the author of 17 books, around 500 magazine articles, and over 2,000 newspaper columns.

Time: 9 am to 4 pm
Cost: $145 CAFE members and CAFE affiliates; $175 non-members
Location: The Kahanoff Conference Centre, 1202 Centre Street SE