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Doin' it Right: Correct Grammar and Punctuation

Registration Information | Venue Information | 2017–2018 Seminars

Thursday, September 21, 2017
Capital Hill Hotel & Suites, 88 Albert St., Ottawa
Time: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Registration fees (includes lunch, snacks, and HST)
Editors Canada member: $275
Non-member: $400

Seminar description

Good grammar and punctuation anchor good writing. When grammar or punctuation errors creep into your texts, readers question your credibility. Other readers may be distracted by the errors and stop focussing on your message. Still, others may misinterpret your intended meaning.

This seminar will teach you how to spot and correct common grammar and punctuation errors. The word "grammar" often causes people's eyes to glaze over, but this workshop makes grammar fun. We don't get bogged down in dreary dissections or painful parsing; rather, we use many real-life examples and simple-to-learn tips to bring grammar and punctuation to life.


This seminar is intended for editors and writers who want to rely on more than instinct to guide their grammar and punctuation choices. The seminar assumes that attendees have a good grasp of basic English grammar and want to learn more about what goes "under the hood" of the language.


Building the Foundation

  • The eight parts of speech
  • Subjects and predicates
  • The secret to the universe (or how to find the subject of a sentence)
  • Clauses and phrases

Weighting Ideas

  • Coordinating and subordinating ideas
  • Avoiding faulty and questionable subordination
  • Placing clauses in sentences
  • Joining independent clauses using three techniques
  • Punctuating clauses
  • Avoiding three common sentence problems involving clauses

Describing with Modifiers

  • Placing modifiers
  • Choosing modifiers

Using Pronouns

  • Point of view
  • Pronoun reference
  • Pronoun use: that vs. which


Graham Young is a business trainer and freelance writer and editor with more than 30 years' experience helping business and government clients communicate in writing. Since 2000, he has conducted some 500 writing seminars and taught more than 6,000 participants from the public, private, and non-profit sectors how to write effectively on the job. Those who attend his seminars highly appreciate Graham's energy, knowledge, and effective instruction. Graham has a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Ottawa.