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RWA® Online Presents

Tips and Techniques
for More Effective Proofreading

Presented by Ally Broadfield
August 4 - 29, 2014

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About the Class:

Editing is one of the most difficult tasks a writer faces and even seasoned authors often have difficultly detecting errors in their own work. When writers proofread their own work, it’s not unusual for them to overlook errors because their mind knows how the text should read and automatically corrects it. Whether you’re polishing your manuscript for a contest, preparing to submit to an agent or editor, or planning to self-publish, knowing how to effectively proofread your work is an essential skill. This class will cover tips and techniques for better proofreading, how to identify common errors in capitalization, punctuation, sentence structure, verb tense, and dialogue, misplaced and dangling modifiers, homonyms, and plural and possessive forms. Workshop participants will create a comprehensive proofreading checklist during the class and a list of grammar resources will be provided.

The lessons include:
Lesson One - Tips for More Effective Proofreading
Lesson Two - Punctuation Part I - Commas
Lesson Three - Punctuation Part II - Everything Else
Lesson Four - Dialogue
Lesson Five - Plurals & Possession
Lesson Six - Capitalization
Lesson Seven - Pronouns
Lesson Eight - Sentence Structure
Lesson Nine - Verbs
Lesson Ten - Word Use
Lesson Eleven - Breaking the Rules, List of Grammar Resources, & Tips for Working with a Proofreader

About the Instructor:  Ally lives in Texas and is convinced her house is shrinking, possibly because she shares it with three kids, five dogs, a cat, a rabbit, a parrot, and several reptiles. Oh, and her husband. She likes to curse in Russian and spends most of her spare time letting dogs in and out of the house and shuttling kids around. She writes historical romance and middle grade/young adult fantasy. Her first book, a Regency historical romance, is coming from Entangled Publishing in October 2013.

You can find Ally on her website, Facebook, and Twitter (though she makes no claims of using any of them properly).
 

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Registration Period: July 17 - August 4, 2014

 Registration Deadline: August 4, 2014
 

Note: Email us at workshops@rwaonlinechapter.org (or fisc40pa@aol.com)  for questions. Workshops are archived for approximately two weeks after the course ends.

Fee: $15 

RWA Online Chapter Members ONLY receive free workshops.  No registration required for chapter members.

 Payment method: PAYPAL is recommended! Checks and money orders also accepted, but register early and mail your payment promptly. No person will be allowed in unless payment is received.

 Format: Courses are conducted via online discussion (bulletin) board on the RWA® Online website (no email loops).  Non-chapter members MUST complete both the workshop registration AND the discussion board login registration for access.

Instructions for login are presented after the registration page (or to return to the login instructions, CLICK HERE. The workshop is available for up to one week after the end date and a downloadable archive of the workshop will be available the week following the workshop.

 

About RWA® Online Chapter Workshops

RWA® Online conducts all workshops via a message board system located on this website.  However, access to the site is restricted by login and password to ensure that the workshop is only available to those that are authorized to attend.  Please read the instructions below to understand our process:

1.  You must register for the workshop using the registration links above.  This is the only way to get the information on how to access the workshop site.

2.  All workshop participants must be registered on the website message boards located under the News and Members Only tab above.  NON-CHAPTER MEMBERS:  Follow the instructions on the page you get AFTER your workshop registration.  Both login and payment information is available there.  If you forget and need to go back to those instructions, click here.

3. A couple of days before the workshop, you will be emailed reminders on the workshop and where to find it.  If you forget, click here to take you to the workshop discussion boards or use the WORKSHOP FORUM ACCESS link above.  If you are NOT a registered user of our bulletin boards, all you will see is our GUEST LOUNGE and NEWS forums.  Once your login is approved, you will also see a WORKSHOP CHECK-IN forum.  The actual workshop forum will not open until the day prior to the workshop start date.

4.  The workshop presenter will post discussion and lecture information, as appropriate, on the first day of the workshop.  Participants are encouraged to respond to the discussion topics.

5.  Because the workshop is a professional activity designed to further participants writing skills, we request that social chit-chat be kept to a minimum. 

6.  Postings deemed inappropriate in content will be deleted without warning to the message author.

7.  Otherwise, we hope everyone who participates in the workshop has fun and learns a lot.  Please remember to thank our guest presenters who take time out of their schedules to provide their wisdom and guidance.

8. If you have any questions, please email If you have questions, feel free to contact us     for more information.