The Right Word

“The difference between the almost right word and the right word is really a large matter - it's the difference between the lightning bug and the lightning.” Mark Twain

Do you know the difference between a phone that rings continuously and one that rings continually? Should you ask a co-worker to be discrete or discreet about a personal matter? Does the bus go further up the road or farther or does it not matter? Many words in English look or sound alike, yet choosing the wrong one can blur, or even reverse, your intended meaning.

You don’t have to have a big vocabulary of exotic words to write well. In fact, strong writing often uses simple, everyday words. You do have to use the words you know precisely. Recognizing the nuances and connotations as well as basic meanings of words will make you a more flexible and confident writer.

This fast-paced and energetic one-day course will ensure your writing is professional and precise. It will also expand your working vocabulary by enabling you to use more of the words you already know with confidence.

  • Topics
  • Audience
  • Instructor
  • Look-alike words with different meanings

  • One word or two? (every day vs. everyday, every one vs. everyone)

  • Words that change spelling or hyphenation according to how you use them

  • Your own troublesome word confusions and how to fix them

  • Words that are truly interchangeable and words that don’t exist

  • Mythical mistakes

  • Using more of the vocabulary you have

  • Anyone who must write accurately and precisely
  • Anyone who worries about confusing words
  • Anyone who is curious about language

Melanie Sexton, Ph.D., is an editor, technical writer, and instructor, with more than 20 years experience teaching University courses and workshops in grammar and writing skills. As technical writer and editor, she has designed on-line help systems for software applications, edited technical documentation suites, written style guides and standards, and managed a variety of writing projects. She also happens to be profoundly deaf and has designed and delivered workshops on deafness and disability issues for both government and private-sector clients. 

“Great course, well taught. I enjoyed it!”

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The Right Word
November 5, 2018
9:00 - 16:00
The Right Word
February 6, 2019
9:00 - 16:00

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