Next San Francisco Forum
Date: Tuesday, March 25
Helping Writers Map Their Ideas for Logical Development and Efficiency
As an editor, if you are fortunate to have a client who seeks your advice early in the writing process, helping them develop a detailed map will eliminate all the roadblocks (except their Inner Critic). There are techniques, software, and guidebooks to support them, appropriate to their genre and the way their mind works. If you receive a completed draft that is a blackberry bramble, you can help them sort it out so the content flows logically. We will look at software, as well as explore the kinds of challenges we face daily in our work. Bring questions to tap into our collective wisdom.
Editor David Colin Carr has been freelancing fiction and non-fiction since 1988 with writers as far flung as Beijing, Sydney, and Johannesburg, as well as doctoral candidates around the US. He works collaboratively with clients to bring forth their passion – with clarity and coherence, while preserving their distinctive voice. He is dedicated to projects that value, expand, and connect our human hearts – offering compassion, counseling experience, and creativity to bring forth the brilliance of both the writing and the collaborative relationship. He is a long-time associate editor with Volcano Press.
Date: May/June 2014
Specific date and topic in planning—send a suggestion to Jim Norrena, SF Forum Coordinator. Stay tuned.
Next South Bay Forum
Date: Monday, March 10
InDesign for Editors
Adobe InDesign is pervasively used in the publishing industry for page layout and design, yet many editors know little about its features, let alone how to use it on a regular basis. Join us for a workshop on InDesign for editors, presented by Donna Caldwell. We'll cover topics ranging from using InDesign's editorial tools, incorporating the program into your workflow, and its relationship to InCopy, Acrobat, and Microsoft Word, with the goal of helping you offer potential clients optimized solutions for their projects. We'll also discuss file packaging for exporting files to other users, file sharing and collaboration, and nifty features, such as conditional text that enables you to easily craft different output from the same master file for different purposes.
Donna Caldwell of Caldwell Communication, returning as a BAEF forum presenter by request, is an Adobe-certified instructor, specializing in Acrobat, InDesign, FrameMaker, and InCopy. In addition to training for publishing software, she has designed documentation templates over the last 20 years with an emphasis in automating, simplifying and standardizing the production process for her clients.
Date: Tuesday, May 20
Got Scrabble? Playing with Your Words on Scrabble Night
Forget about deadlines, rates, and difficult clients. This night is about fun and relaxation. So bring your dog-eared dictionary, dust off that Scrabble set, and join your fellow wordsmiths in a friendly round or two of Scrabble. If you have any questions, please contact Scrabble Night coordinator Annie Belt c/o South Bay Forum Coordinator.