ACES Evolve 2023

That Word Chat: Live | Mark Allen, Heather Saunders

That Word Chat is a Zoom-based chat show for lovers of all things lexical, started in March 2020 when the pandemic kept us from getting together in person. Host Mark Allen and Producer Heather Saunders have since welcomed more than 50 stars in the world of words. Now, That Word Chat is coming live to the ACES conference. Same one-hour format, same theme music, same chance for audience members to ask questions of our special guest.

All editors, Words and Language


Mark Allen (he, him), host of That Word Chat, is a freelance editor whose home office is 4 miles southeast of the conference site. He edits all sorts of interesting things, and he fancies himself an expert on the state of style guides and dictionaries. He is ACES board secretary, and he can be found at

Heather E. Saunders (she/they/Mx.) is CEO and lead editor at Nova Arc Content Co., a content company specializing in the aerospace, defense, STEM, and medical sectors. She has more than 15 years of experience as a technical editor, writer, and proofreader. She also regularly teaches on and writes about technical editing, conscious language, business and mentorship, and science communication. You can find her at and on Twitter as @ H_E_Saunders.

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