Via the Editors’ Association of Canada
The Editors’ Association of Canada (EAC) has announced that Catharine Chen is the 2012 recipient of the Claudette Upton Scholarship. The $1,000 cash award, which helps support continuing professional development in editing, will be presented during EAC’s annual conference, scheduled for June 7 to 9 in Halifax.
One might be tempted to assign Chen’s attraction to correctness in writing to the struggle of growing up with a non-traditionally spelled name: “That’s Catharine with two A’s!”—but in fact, like many excellent literary editors, Chen began her career as a creative writer. It was during her MFA in Creative Writing at the University of British Columbia that Chen discovered editing was as fulfilling for her as writing, and maybe even more so. The program’s workshop model encouraged not only non-stop writing, but also the critiquing of her classmates’ writing. She enjoyed analyzing a piece, determining what it might need, dreaming up suggestions and discussing those discoveries with the author.