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Speaking Events

Erin Servais speaks about editing, Artificial Intelligence, and entrepreneurship.

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Upcoming Events

Crafting Effective AI Prompts: The New Essential Skill for Editors

April 1–4, 2024

ACES: The Society for Editing Conference
San Diego, California

The new must-have skill in the modern editor’s toolkit is AI prompting. Writing the right prompts means the difference between getting a response that saves you hours of work and one that makes you want to pound on the keyboard. In this session, you’ll learn what prompts are, how they work with ChatGPT or your AI tool of choice, and how to format them to get the most relevant, accurate, and useful output. You’ll also learn practical applications you can begin using right away.

We’ll cover three prompt-writing techniques:

  • Instruct: beginning with specific directions

  • Contextualize: adding the right details and nuance

  • Refine: tweaking to achieve a tailored response

Incorporating these core prompting skills into your editorial workflow will make your editing process more efficient, your edits more precise, and your feedback more actionable — benefiting copyeditors and content editors alike.

The Peril and Promise of AI for Editing: A Q&A With Four Industry Experts

Corinne Jorgenson, Erin Brenner, Erin Servais, and Samantha Enslen, and moderated by Christian Wilkie

April 1–4, 2024

ACES: The Society for Editing Conference
San Diego, California

Artificial Intelligence is reshaping the editing industry, raising concerns about its role in our professional futures. It makes sense we all have questions. This panel Q&A is your opportunity to ask what’s on your mind and get answers from industry experts.


We’ll tackle the big issues:

  • Is AI going to take our jobs? Or just make us better, more efficient editors?

  • Does using AI devalue our human expertise and experience? Or augment it and redefine our editorial roles?

  • Is AI coming to kill us? Or can we get on its good side?

Join this panel of editorial agency owners and AI researchers and educators as they debate these contrasting perspectives, challenging and supporting the role of AI in editing. The discussion will cover AI editing tools and uses, AI’s impact on the editing profession now and in the near future, and the many ethical implications surrounding this technology. Be part of the conversation. Bring your ideas, concerns, and questions. Let’s explore the challenges and opportunities AI presents together. Whether you're excited or apprehensive about AI, this session will provide a deeper understanding of its evolving role in our field.

AI for Editors: An Introduction to the Future of Editing

May 13, 2024

3:00 PM Pacific

Northwest Editors Guild

Editors need to lean into the AI revolution and learn how to use AI tools like ChatGPT so they can edit faster and better and have job security in an increasingly AI-enhanced workforce. Think of ChatGPT as your assistant that can automate the tedious parts of your job so it becomes less about catching mistakes and more about fine-tuning the content. You can integrate AI tools into your existing copyediting workflow to supercharge your efficiency and improve your accuracy. ChatGPT can help with content editing, too, by offering suggestions and even writing your editorial reports and client communications. In the end, it means less grunt work, faster turnaround times, higher-quality projects, and happier clients and bosses.

In this session, we’ll:

  • cover the fundamentals of what ChatGPT is and how it works

  • explore AI functionalities in an editorial workflow

  • forecast AI’s effect on the editing industry.

Recent Highlights

Inside the Modern Editor’s Toolkit: ChatGPT, Claude, and Perplexity

February 17, 2024

2:00 PM Central

Editorial Freelancers Association, North Texas chapter

Pros & Cons of AI for Editors 

February 16, 2024

3:00 PM Eastern

Editorial Freelancers Association, Michigan chapter

Prompting Skills for Copyeditors

February 5, 2024

University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, Hussman School of Journalism and Media

AI for Editors on The Editor's Half-Hour podcast

December 1, 2023

The New Elephant in the Room: Using AI Tools in Your Work – and Talking to Clients About It

October 5, 2023

Editorial Freelancers Association, Colorado Chapter

ChatGPT for Editors: Leveraging AI to Transform Your Workflow and Upgrade Your Efficiency

August 17, 2023

ACES: The Society for Editing

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