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Participants will receive entrance to each day's virtual sessions, which includes 24 sessions total. Attendees will also have access to keynote addresses, virtual networking opportunities, and exhibit hall. More information will be made available to attendees on the ACES website within the coming weeks. Virtual sessions will be recorded and available to registered attendees on the ACES conference website through July 31, 2021.

Below is a current list of sessions. We will continue to update this page and add times for each session as they become available. 

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Tense Without Tension: Choosing the Best Verb

Presenter: Lisa McLendon

The English verb system is complex and can be confusing at times, even for professionals. Combining tense and aspect plus various auxiliaries, English verbs have a dozen forms, enabling precise expression of timing and completion of an action. This session will discuss the concepts of tense and aspect, all of the verb forms, and how to choose the best verb for the context.


Editor Websites: From Blah to Boss

Presenter: Nate Hoffelder

An editor's website is their online office and storefront, but it doesn’t have to be a stodgy one. In this session, you will learn how, with just a little work, you can rapidly transform your website from blah to boss. A good website doesn’t have to cost thousands of dollars; your site can be as simple as a single page and still present a professional face and help you land clients. It all starts with knowing what you want to do and why.

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Google Docs: What Editors Need to Know

Presenter: Karin Horler and Mike Pope

Sooner or later, every professional editor will need to edit something in Google Docs. How does it compare to Microsoft Word? What features are most useful to editors, and how do you handle the workflow with clients or colleagues? In this session, you'll learn tips for working effectively in Google Docs, the pros and cons of converting files to Word, and how to automate tasks in Google Docs. The session offers insights from two perspectives: a technical editor at Google who has switched from Word to Google Docs and a freelance editor with experience in multiple platforms.


The Winning Numbers

Presenter: Neil Holdway

Learn the math that is used in copy again and again -- but is so easy to get wrong -- and make sure all numbers are meaningful to your audience. We'll first review percentages -- how to calculate them, how to present them. We'll briefly review rates and ratios, and other ways numbers are written. And we'll examine how common business and stock market figures are and should be presented. In all cases we'll have an eye on the ethical use of numbers.


Taming the Inner Perfectionist: Turning a Potential Enemy into an Ally

Presenter: Suzy Bills

Perfectionist qualities can help you be good at your craft but can also lead to paranoia and poor performance, ultimately leading to burnout. So how can you balance perfectionist tendencies with the realities of editing, including tight deadlines and the hard truth that no one is perfect? In this session, you’ll learn strategies that you can apply immediately to work toward a high level of accuracy and overcome the fear of failure. The result is that you’ll enjoy your work more, perform better, and avoid the stress that makes editors wonder why they ever got into the business.


Inclusive Language

Presenter: Talysa Sainz

A study on language use and specific words to use or to avoid to make your language more inclusive--and which words to look for in any manuscript you edit. Language we have unconsciously learned from society can be ableist, sexist, racist, etc. Learn how to edit language that is mindful to those who have learning disabilities, mental illness, chronic illnesses, handicaps, or neurodiversity.


Fact Checking Beyond the News

Presenter: Gerri Berendzen

No matter what you edit, every editor needs a dose of skepticism. Making sure the facts are correct is a part of many editor's day-to-day work. So it helps to be able to recognize the red flags in all types of writing, to know when to take a closer look and to be able to find credible sources fast. This session will cover the tips and tricks of fact checking for all types of editing and include time to share your tales of fact-checking success.


Sometimes I Feel Like a Fraud: Overcoming Impostor Syndrome

Presenters: Christina M. Frey, J.D., Erin Servais, and Kristine Hunt

Do you ever chalk up your success to dumb luck, no matter how long and hard you’ve worked for it? Or fear that others will discover you’re secretly a fraud? This is called imposter syndrome, and that inner voice of doubt bullies just about everyone. But you don’t have to let it win. In this transformative, empowering, and hands-on session, we’ll teach you how to identify the way imposter syndrome affects you. And you’ll learn the Cognitive Behavior Therapy techniques, self-soothing methods, and practical business tips to help you overcome it and take back the power in your professional life.


Editing for UX in Digital Content

Presenters: Vilja Johnson and Aaron Gates

As readers consume an increasing amount of content online, how do we adjust our editing to meet their needs? How do editing best practices change when your readers are scrolling on their phones while in line at the grocery store? This session will do a deep dive into editing for UX (user experience) in online content: how to structure your content to match online reading patterns, what it means to edit for a “mobile-first” experience, and how to balance writing for users with writing for Google.


"The" Dictionary Doesn't Exist (But Dictionaries Sure Do!)

Presenters: Emily Brewster and Peter Sokolowski

All of us say "Look it up in the dictionary" or "lt's not in the dictionary," and others understand what we mean. But, if we're being precise (as editors like to be), it's inaccurate to say "the" dictionary--and not just because there are different dictionary publishers, but because there are so many different kinds of dictionaries. This session will be a deep dive into the way that dictionaries differ from each other, addressing the way they are researched, the information they provide and how it is presented, their linguistic principles, and how they are marketed. A little historical and practical knowledge of lexicography is needed in order to have accurate expectations of what information a dictionary can and should provide, which might also prevent errors or mistaken assumptions on the part of writers and editors.


Editing With Style: Updated Resources for Seventh Edition APA Style

Presenters: Timothy L. McAdoo and Hayley S. Kamin

Moderator: Jason M. Wells

Used worldwide by students and professionals in psychology, nursing, education, business, and other fields, APA Style provides essential guidance for making writing more precise, concise, and inclusive. We will briefly discuss the seventh edition APA Style, highlighting key details important for copyeditors, some changes from the previous edition of the manual, and where to find detailed breakdowns of both. We will then discuss the expanded online resources and digital and print products APA offers to help individuals learn and master APA Style and end by asking for your ideas about what works best for teaching or learning APA Style.


How to Ensure A Welcoming Lexicon and Inclusive Storytelling

Presenters: Lauren Appelbaum and Tatiana Lee

More than 60 million people live with some form of physical, cognitive, sensory, mental health or other disability in America. In fact, consumers with disabilities represent a $1 billion market segment, the third largest market behind Baby Boomers and the mature market. When you include their families, friends and associates, that number becomes a trillion-dollar market segment. The use of certain words or phrases can express bias either intentionally or unintentionally. During this session, attendees will learn about terminology and definitions and how to ensure your storytelling is inclusive of people with disabilities, while avoiding inspiration porn.


How to Ensure Accessible Websites, Social Media and Inclusive Photos

Presenters: Lauren Appelbaum and Eric Ascher

With many newspapers moving to virtual formats, today’s website is the front lobby of our papers, and social media is fast supplanting the more traditional ways that we connect with the public. Research conducted by the disability advocacy nonprofit RespectAbility shows that organizations are not yet meeting basic requirements for accessibility, like captioned videos, screen reader-friendly designs, and photo description / alt-text. This online workshop will provide an overview on how to open your digital door to welcome all readers. 


Editing in the Age of Distraction

Presenters: Lindsey Wray

We’ve all been there. You open a document, but your mind is elsewhere. Or you start a lengthy project, but you lack concentration to finish it. Even deadlines can’t prevent an editing plateau. But getting distracted and taking breaks may provide the focus you need to complete a task. Research shows distractions can be useful tools that strengthen our ability to tackle challenges. In fact, certain activities may boost cognition and attention. Here’s why distraction is good, as well as some ideas for distractions that will help you as an editor.


Grammar Saves Lives

Presenters: Jennifer Rowe

No one wants a grammar error to ruin a piece of work or wreck your reputation. Get a refresher on some of the basic rules, fixes for common mistakes and tips for how to survive the pesky pitfalls of modern grammar. From agreement issues to misplaced modifiers to distinguishing restrictive and nonrestrictive information and more, this session provides life-saving guidelines for today’s editor. 


Copy Editing for the Next Generation: What Do Tomorrow’s Writers Need to Know Today?

Presenters: Laura E. DavisRuby Yuan, Mimi Geller, and Eileen Chen

As both language and newsroom workflows evolve, a new generation of writers and editors have questions whose answers often aren’t available in traditional reference material: Filipino or Filipinx? Can I use “WFH” in a tweet? We’ve observed these and hundreds of other questions from student journalists across the country in our work on Stylebot, a product developed at USC Annenberg that functions as SaaS for your style guide. We’ll share insights on what they need and want to know, their approach to editing and how style resources can stay relevant in our ever-changing media landscape.


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