Sentences with Style

Presenter: Frances Peck

Presenter: Frances Peck
Date: Wednesday, January 16, 2019
Time: 12 p.m., EST / 9 a.m., PST
Length: 90 minutes
Language: English
Level: All levels
Type: Instructional
Member price: $59.50 + HST
Non-member price: $85.00 + HST

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In this webinar, we’ll dust off the most intriguing old-school syntax techniques and explore how they can punch up your copy.

We all know that rearranging a sentence can make it sharper and stronger. But why? What logic lies behind that magical untangling? The study of syntax (word order) may have gone the way of foolscap and fountain pens, but it has a lot to teach us about clarity, emphasis, and rhythm. In this webinar, we’ll dust off the most intriguing old-school syntax techniques and explore how they can punch up your copy.

As a result of attending this webinar, you will

  • understand when to use (and when to avoid) basic variations of syntax such as passive voice and inversion
  • understand how to vary sentence length and type (periodic, cumulative, interrogative, imperative) to produce different effects
  • be familiar with special techniques such as ellipsis and isolation
  • understand which syntactic structures work for different documents and readers

This webinar is suitable for all editors, writers, and communication professionals who want to increase their flexibility with language and expand their repertoire of ways to make prose more lively, rhythmic, and attention-getting.

Frances Peck

Frances, a Certified Professional Editor (Hon.), has worked with words for over 25 years. She is a partner with West Coast Editorial Associates, teaches editing at the University of British Columbia and Douglas College, and gives workshops across Canada. Her publications include HyperGrammar and  Peck’s English Pointers, a free online collection of articles and quizzes.