Evaluating Language Nuances: Which to Enforce and Which to Let Go

Wed, 04/13/2016 - 11:00am - 12:30pm

This is a BASIC SKILLS class.

Are you still observing the careen/career distinction? Were you rattled when The Associated Press Stylebook dropped the over/more than distinction? Are you worried that the imply/infer distinction or the loath/loathe distinction is a lost cause?

In the thick of editing we can be caught between fear that we are spending time on nuances that no one else can hear and anxiety that we are letting the standards of literate usage slip away from us.



Skill level: Intermediate
Instructor: John McIntyre

Are the metaphors coherent? Do they fit the subject without drawing undue attention to themselves? Do they work properly within the tone and structure of the story? As writers attempt more ambitious effects, editors have to apply more demanding standards.

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