Attending the 2018 Editors Canada Conference in Saskatoon as a presenter is both exciting and somewhat familiar.

At their 2001 conference in Ottawa, I delivered a presentation on personal and professional maintenance for freelance editors. It was very well received and I thoroughly enjoyed that entire conference.

This time round, because I am still freelance editing, among other things, I am scheduled to deliver a presentation titled “Navigating the Freelance Life from Woe to Go”. I have lots of stories to share and am looking forward to hearing from other freelancers on the topic.

The only drawback to attending that event is I’ll be missing out on one of my favourite local events – the Carol Shields Festival of New Works at Prairie Theatre Exchange from May 24 to 26. This year there is another great line-up of readings and events, and several of my friends, colleagues and peers will be on stage in one way or another. I’m really disappointed I won’t see their work.

Since I can’t attend that event, I highly recommend that Festival to anyone interested in getting a glimpse at the future of theatre in Winnipeg and beyond.

Meanwhile, I’ll be building bridges in Saskatoon with new friends, colleagues and peers. I’m sure I’ll come home with all sorts of inspiring stories and new ideas to advance my editing skills and add greater depth to the many other pursuits and projects I have on the go.

However you spend your weekend, I hope it’s a good one. Enjoy!