Usage Traps and Myths

Presenter: Frances Peck
Is impact accepted as a verb? Why are prevent and avoid so often confused? Is it okay to verbify? This webinar examines these and other usage questions and problems. We'll examine usage issues affecting today’s speech, journalism, and other writing. We’ll also examine the top five usage myths, discuss the best resources for clearing up usage questions, and—of course—practise.

Punctuation, Period!

Presenter: Frances Peck
In this webinar we’ll cover the top punctuation pitfalls and predicaments facing writers and editors. After a brief look at past and present trends, we’ll demystify the comma; dip into semicolons, colons, quotation marks, and hyphens; and discuss when to stick to the rules and when (judiciously) to bend them.

Clearing the Fog: Plain Language Tips

Presenter: Frances Peck
This webinar introduces you to three reader-centred techniques and seven practical tips for making language plainer. After a quick look at what plain language is (and isn’t), we’ll discuss readers and how to shape documents to meet their needs. Then we’ll cover seven ways of revising language—such as using concrete terms, short sentences, and the ever-crucial verb—to make it easier to read. Along the way, we’ll examine real-life examples of how plain language can make even the most complex documents clear and easy to follow. 

Creating Clear Online Content: Connecting with Online Clients

Presenter: Kate Harrison Whiteside
If you are most familiar with print material but are being asked to create or edit web content, this workshop will help you bridge the gap. Web content is a conversation. All print materials need to be re-created to fit the web style, site purpose and design. The audiences, the media and the criteria are different. Plain language online content guidelines target the needs of web readers and users to ensure understanding, accessibility and usability. Ensuring you understand your audience and they understand your information goes a long way to succeeding online.