Usage Woes and Myths – Editing Workshop

Here is the latest offering from the EAC.

Usage Woes and Myths – Montreal

You’ve sorted out imply and infer. You know it’s not all right to use alright. But what about more troublesome usage points, like the difference between may and might? Or such frequently misused expressions as centre around and beg the question? Is it true that you should always change though to although, till to until, like to such as?

For anyone intent on preventing (not avoiding) word errors and avoiding (not preventing) usage myths, this seminar will help. Through discussion and examples, the session provides an up-to-date look at some of the most misunderstood and contentious points of English usage, and suggests helpful guides and other resources. Bring your most perplexing usage questions to share with the group. Instructor: Frances Peck.

Where & When:

  • Date: Tuesday, October 30, 2012
  • Time: 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
  • Place: Concordia University – Hall Building
  • Address: 1455 de Maisonneuve W, H3G 1M8
  • Room H-763 (7th floor)

Cost: Early registration (on or before October 9):

  • $ 80 for student members
  • $ 170 for members
  • $ 190 for related organizations and non-member students
  • $ 240 for non-members

Cost: After October 9:

  • $ 110 for student members
  • $ 200 for members
  • $ 220 for related organizations and non-member students
  • $ 270 for non-members

Registration closes: October 23, 2012
Lunch and coffee breaks included.

Frances Peck, an editor and writer, has been working with words for over 20 years. She teaches editing at Simon Fraser University and Douglas College, and gives workshops for EAC and other groups of editors, writers, and translators across Canada. She prepared the Canadian edition of The St. Martin’s Workbook, a grammar exercise book; co-authored the popular HyperGrammar website; wrote Peck’s English Pointers, an e-book available through the Language Portal of Canada; and writes a regular column for the journal Language Update. Frances lives in Vancouver and is a partner with West Coast Editorial Associates.

Click here to register online. For more information, visit or send a message to event coordinator Namita Kumar.


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