Sweat This, Not That: Real Rules vs. Grammar Myths

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Course Overview

Title:
Sweat This, Not That: Real Rules vs. Grammar Myths
Type:
Webinar
Cost:
$29.95
Originally Broadcast On:
March 01, 2018
Time Estimate:
One hour for the main presentations and questions. Sometimes presenters stay longer to answer additional questions from participants.

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It can be easy to get hung up on “rules” of language that aren’t based in English grammar but instead are just peeves or shibboleths.

By now most of us know that it’s perfectly acceptable to split infinitives, end sentences with prepositions, begin sentences with conjunctions and use sentence fragments judiciously. But there are other language “rules” – some of which are oddly persistent – that editors need not worry about.

Additionally, rigid adherence to such rules can mean you lose sight of more important elements of writing, such as clarity, accuracy and flow, as well as wasting valuable time. With the added element of language change, it can be hard to tell which rules you should follow and which rules you can ignore.

This webinar will discuss several of the most common non-rules that you can stop wasting time on, plus several rules you need to keep to ensure clarity and credibility in your writing.

What Will I Learn:

Rules to follow and rules to ignore regarding:

  • Pronouns and agreement
  • Homophones and synonyms
  • Sentence structure
  • Commas
  • Neologisms and foreign borrowings
Who Should Take this Course:

Editors and writers, journalism instructors

Course Instructor:

Lisa McLendon

Lisa McLendon runs the Bremner Editing Center at the University of Kansas journalism school, where she also teaches editing and grammar. She has previously worked as a copy editor and book reviewer at the Wichita (Kan.) Eagle and as a copy editor, designer and desk chief at the Denton (Texas) Record-Chronicle.

Training Partner:

ACES: The Society for Editing

ACES: The Society for Editing is a nonprofit education and membership organization working toward the advancement of copy editors. Its aim is to provide solutions to editing problems, training and a place to discuss common issues.

The organization is an international members’ alliance of editors working at newspapers, magazines, websites, traditional media outlets and Fortune 500 companies, as well as freelance editors, students and professors. It is an organization built on the advocacy of editing as a craft vital to clear writing and reader advocacy.

Technical Requirements:

Windows
1.4GHz Intel® Pentium® 4 or faster processor (or equivalent) for Windows 7, Windows 8 or Windows 8.1
512MB of RAM (1GB recommended) for Windows 7 or Windows 8
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Adobe® Flash® Player 11.2+

Mac
1.83GHz Intel Core™ Duo or faster processor
512MB of RAM (1GB recommended)
Mac OS X 10.7.4, 10.8, 10.9
Mozilla Firefox; Apple Safari; Google Chrome
Adobe Flash Player 11.2+

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