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Editing expert Barbara McNichol teaches self-editing techniques to SSWW

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Learn self-editing techniques from editing expert Barbara McNichol Wednesday, Aug. 27, at the regular monthly meeting of the Scottsdale Society of Women Writers held 5:30–7:30 p.m. at the Chaparral Suites Resort, 5001 N. Scottsdale Rd. in Scottsdale, Ariz. Cost for members $25, $30 for guests. To attend, R.S.V.P. early to Patricia L. Brooks, president/founder of SSWW, at

In this interactive session, McNichol will share how to think like an editor and revise one’s own work the way a pro would. She’ll demonstrate how to improve everything written, from emails to blog posts to book chapters.

The Tucson-based editor, who founded Barbara McNichol Editorial LLC in 1994, holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Western Ontario and a master’s degree in mass communications from the University of Denver.

“Barbara has spoken to the group in the past and has always been a big supporter of what we are doing to move our writing forward,” said Brooks. “She does an outstanding job with her view on how to prepare our work for publication with ways we may not have thought of before. We are happy to have her back.”

McNichol has a passion for helping people write clearly, concisely and correctly. She has edited more than 300 nonfiction books and has created a word choice guide called “Word Trippers.” In addition, she gives presentations that help participants fine-tune their skills, and she publishes two ezines: “Word Tripper of the Week” and “Add Power to Your Pen.”

Founded by Patricia L. Brooks, the Scottsdale Society of Women Writers is open to all women writers. Among other goals, the group’s members seek to support and challenge each other to always be writing, to help each other stretch as writers and reach lofty personal goals, and while doing all of this, to have fun.