Punctuation for editors

with Glenys Osborne

Date: Saturday 17 September 2016
Time: 10 am – 4 pm
Venue: Centre for Adult Education (CAE), 253 Flinders Lane, Melbourne CBD
Cost: $220.00 (members of Editors Victoria, Societies of Editors, Writers Victoria, ASTC, ANZSI), $330.00 (non-members). 
Refreshments: Continuous tea and coffee, and gourmet biscuits.

Bookings close: 12 noon Monday 12 September 2016

‘I love eating my friends and family.’

Often misused and misunderstood, punctuation marks are the quiet achievers of our written language. Omitting even a single comma can have profound and unintended effects on meaning.

The ability to sensitively assess and (perhaps) correct punctuation usage lies at the heart of copyediting. The more you know about internal and end punctuation, and the various approaches to its use, the less time you will waste when writing or editing.

Topics covered

    This full-day course is suitable for editors and others who work with words. Session content includes:

  • approaches to punctuation
  • editorial and authorial style considerations in punctuation
  • internal punctuation marks—functions and usage
  • end punctuation marks—functions and usage
  • punctuating phrases, clauses, quotations, lists, etc.
  • market/audience factors and punctuation.

Course format

The course comprises pre-course reading, class instruction, individual and group exercises, class discussion, and take-home exercises. Some pre-course reading will be sent out prior to the course. Participants are encouraged to bring examples of problematic punctuation that they have encountered in their work, for possible inclusion in class discussion. 

About the trainer

Glenys Osborne writes, edits and teaches. She was formerly managing editor at Macmillan Education Australia and at Thomson Learning (now Cengage), and fiction editor for the creative journal Etchings. She taught editing in the RMIT Master of Communication course for more than a decade, and has taught a wide range of editing- and writing-related courses in university, corporate and professional environments. 

Glenys has won numerous local and international prizes for her short fiction. Her first novel, Come Inside (2009), won the Barbara Jefferis Award and was shortlisted for the Age Book of the Year, among other awards. She is working on her second and third novels.

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