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Los Angeles Chapter 2021 Summer Meeting
EFA’s Los Angeles Area chapter will hold its summer meeting via Zoom on August 18 at 2:00. All EFA members are welcome and encouraged to invite yourselves with a quick email to email@example.com letting us know you’d like to attend. Our guest presenter will be Crystal Shelley, author of the Conscious Language Toolkit for Editors.
Presentation: Conscious and Inclusive Editing: Understanding Conscious Language and the Editorial Role. A Q&A will follow.
Words have the power to do good: to uplift, to inspire, and to validate. Words also have the power to do harm: to hurt, to marginalize, and to erase. As editors, we can assess writing for biased or excluding language that can render the text ineffective or harmful to readers. This presentation will examine what conscious language is, potential issues to be aware of while editing, how to provide feedback to clients, and why this matters.
Bio: Crystal Shelley is a licensed clinical social worker and the owner of Rabbit with a Red Pen, where she provides editing and authenticity reading services to fiction authors. She unites her love of language and her passion for social justice by advocating for conscious language use and inclusive representation in her editorial work. She serves on the Executive Committee of ACES: The Society for Editing and is a member of the Editorial Freelancers Association and Utah Freelance Editors.