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Creating a House Style Guide
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“When you have an editorial style guide and stick to it, your content will always reflect consistency. Consistency tells your customers and prospects that you have your act together, pay attention to details, and care about appearances.” (Nancy Goll, award-winning business writer and editor)

Though dictionaries and style manuals (such as The Chicago Manual of Style) provide answers and rules, you’ve noticed that there is often more than one right way to write. Do you capitalize “the Committee”? When do you spell out numbers? For emphasis, do you use bold or italics? How do you spell “judgment,” punctuate vertical lists, and close letters (“Sincerely,” “Regards,” or something else)? Avoid debates and save time (especially in team projects and large organizations) by choosing a style and recording it in an easy-to-use guide.

In this active seminar, we’ll discuss what to include, how to handle two languages, how to get buy-in, and how and when to make updates. You’ll learn about style automation software and take away tools for creating your own guide. If you wish to work on the house style for your organization, bring a selection of your documents. And if possible, also bring the style manual(s) you use.

A laptop is not required.

Elizabeth Macfie has 21 years’ experience as a freelance editor, proofreader, and trainer for government departments, university presses, research organizations, and authors. She is an Editors Canada-certified copy editor, stylistic editor, and proofreader, and she is a past chair of Editors Canada Ottawa–Gatineau branch. Elizabeth presents popular seminars and conference talks on editing, proofreading, and business networking.

Level: All levels

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Date & Time: Nov 02, 2019 09:00 AM to
Nov 02, 2019 04:00 PM
[America/Montreal UTC -5]

 

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Location: Centre Saint-Pierre
Room 202, Monet-Chartrand
Beaudry subway station, Green line
1212, rue Panet, Montreal
Montréal QC
Canada
H2L2Y7
 

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Registration Closes: Oct 30, 2019 11:30 PM

Event Coordinator:

Dwain Richardson
rqa-qac@videotron.ca
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