Master the semicolon; EAC presents punctuation & mechanics seminar

Join Frances Peck’s Punctuation and Mechanics” presentation at the next Editors’ Association of Canada seminar!

 A partner in West Coast Editorial Associates, Frances Peck teaches editing at Douglas College and Simon Fraser University and leads professional development workshops across Canada. Editor and instructor Frances Peck brings “Punctuation and Mechanics” to Montreal on November 3, 2009. Season your skills with this full-day, hands-on, interactive seminar made available to PWAC-Montreal members at the EAC’s discounted membership rate.

“God is in the details,” the old saying goes, though any editor who has agonized endlessly over a comma or a hyphen might argue that a far darker entity lurks there.

This seminar takes an unsurprisingly detailed look at punctuation and mechanics, including commas (what’s right, what’s wrong, what’s optional), semicolons, colons, quotation marks, apostrophes, dashes, hyphens, italics, and the ever-perplexing bullet points. We’ll discuss up-to-date rules and guidelines, examine how punctuation and mechanics affect meaning (for instance, the relationship between commas and modifiers), and note some of the most useful style guides available. There will be practice exercises throughout the day, and you’re encouraged to bring along troublesome editing samples for discussion.

Frances Peck is a Vancouver-based editor and writer who has taught in her field for over 20 years. She prepared the Canadian edition of The St. Martin’s Workbook, a university-level grammar exercise book; co-authored the popular HyperGrammar website; wrote Peck’s English Pointers, an e-book for the Translation Bureau; and is a regular columnist for the journal Language Update.

Date: Tuesday, November 3rd

Place: Holiday Inn Express and Suites–155, boul. Rene-Levesque East, Montreal

Event Type: Professional Development Seminar, hosted by the Editors’ Association of Canada

Title: “Punctuation and Mechanics” with editor & instructor, Frances Peck
Time: 8:30 am – 4:30 pm
Cost: $160 for PWAC members (EAC member rate), includes lunch, coffee breaks, workbook
For more information and to register: Limited space available. Check the website regularly for registration posting or contact coordinator Wendy Gokhool at

Note: PWAC members wishing to attend must forward their membership ID numbers with their registration.


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