Tuesday, September 22, 2009

STC Southwestern Ontario Chapter Event

Hobgoblins, Salad Forks, and Hard and Fast Rules: An English Usage Guide for Writers and Editors

Presented by Alan Yoshioka, PhD (University of Waterloo alumnus, Chair of the Toronto Branch of the Editors' Association of Canada)

When is it okay to boldly split an infinitive? To use a sentence fragment? Even if you were lucky enough to be taught much grammar in school, you might not know which rules are still considered current and which have gone the way of the rotary phone. Sometimes there are several correct ways to make a point, and the choice between them is just a matter of emphasis, while at other times the main concern is to maintain internal consistency within a document. Then there are usages that are unsuitable for a given context and audience.

Learn to distinguish matters of editorial taste from rules that should really be followed all the time. Also get tips for dealing tactfully with team members when there’s a usage point on which they’re dead certain, and dead wrong. Come with questions about the rules you’re anxious about—or about which you’re anxious.

Date: Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Time: Presentation begins at 7:00 p.m. / Doors open at 6:30 p.m. for networking

Where: Room DC1304 at the Davis Centre, University of Waterloo

Cost: Free

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