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Stylistic Editing

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Stylistic editing is a vital part of improving almost any piece of writing and an essential skill for every editor. Focusing on clarity, good order, and appropriateness of phrasing, you’ll learn the specific skills needed for stylistic editing: eliminating wordiness, repetition, and weasel words; reordering sentences and paragraphs; creating sentence variety; tackling problems of syntax; editing for voice and diction; and editing for plain language and bias. The differences between copy editing, stylistic editing, and substantive editing will also be discussed, along with their sometimes-permeable boundaries.

In this hands-on seminar, you’ll have the opportunity—individually or in groups—to edit sentences and short passages, as well as longer passages taken from works of fiction and non-fiction.

A helpful handout of notes, exercises, and solutions will be yours to take home at the end of the day. 

Dean Kathryn Dean has edited and acted as project manager for a wide variety of trade, educational, and corporate publications, including books by Pierre Trudeau, Robert Bateman, Mordecai Richler, Terry O’Reilly, and Maude Barlow. She also teaches Ryerson University’s Copy Editing for Books, Journals, and Reports and is a winner of Editors Canada’s Tom Fairley Award for Editorial Excellence.


Tuesday, April 26
9:30 AM to 4:30 PM (lunch will be served)
Registration – $210 members, $240 non-members (HST extra)
Early Registration (to April 12) – $175 members, $195 non-members (HST extra) 
Oakham House, Layton Room, Ryerson University 
55 Gould Street