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    Friday, 21 October
    9.30 am to 4.30 pm
    UTS Short Courses venue, 235 Jones Street, Broadway
    Cost: $220 IPEd NSW members; $350 non-members; $132 distance IPED members (more than 200 km) includes all meals and drinks through the day.

    This full day will alert you to some of the more common grammatical problems we encounter in editing (and in writing). It will explain the grammar behind the conventions that make text acceptable, and it will provide an opportunity to consolidate points of grammar, practise editing and explain your edits – with feedback from the presenter. Activities provide practice in working grammar issues. Participants may opt to bring along laptops (no tablets) to use for the activities, or can work on them on paper. (The venue has powerpoints and each laptop can be plugged in all day).

    Topics include:
    • English as a living, changing language
    • the structure of a sentence
    • the parts of speech (word classes)
    • from words to phrases to clauses to sentences to paragraphs
    • some problem areas: apostrophes; parallel structure; bullets; dashes
    • an introduction to plain English Activities along the way to consolidate the points made.

    The workshop is related closely to the presenter’s latest book Effective writing: plain English at work – 2nd edition, 2014, Lacuna, Sydney and copies will be available at a discount to workshop participants $30 (rrp$35) on the day. This is not required reading for the workshop, but the book offers complementary reading, if useful. Also available will be Working words (2011) available to participants for $36 (rrp $40).

    The presenter: Elizabeth Manning Murphy BA(Hons) DE is a linguist, mentor, teacher, editor and author. She has published many books about writing, editing, English grammar and business management – most recently Working words (2011) and Effective writing: plain English at work – 2nd edition – with Hilary Cadman AE (2014). Elizabeth is joint national coordinator of the Canberra-initiated IPEd National Mentoring Program, and her editing is largely of research PhD theses. She is a former president of the Canberra Society of Editors and of the Commercial Education Society of Australia, and is a member of editing and writing organisations in Australia, UK and South Africa.

    Click here to book online.

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