PUB 477
SUNDAY, July 10, 2016
9:00 am–5:00 pm
$225.00 CDN (includes course material)
Room 3000


Clear, concise writing may seem like the product of magic, instinct, or luck, but the pros know that it’s the result of learned techniques. This workshop covers tried-and-true revision techniques that improve consistency, clarity, flow, and conciseness. We’ll identify and eliminate shifts, link ideas using parallelism and subordination, trim wordy structures, and unearth the power of verbs. Through discussion, examples, and exercises, you’ll amass an arsenal of methods for making every word count.

Clear and Concise will benefit writers and editors who want to know the best practical techniques for streamlining prose. The workshop is an excellent accompaniment to Copyediting and Proofreading (July 11-12).


Frances Peck is an editor and writer whose clients include government departments, agencies, and associations. She has taught editing and writing for two decades for the University of Ottawa, Douglas College, the Editors’ Association of Canada, SFU’s Writing and Communications Program, and many private clients. Peck is the author of Peck’s English Pointers, an online collection of language articles and quizzes; co-author of the popular HyperGrammar website; and a former columnist for the journal Language Update. She is a partner with West Coast Editorial Associates.