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Mark Allen Editorial Training



Mark Allen is a veteran word worker and an experienced speaker. He has shared his knowledge with writers and editors during numerous webinars and at events in Chicago; St. Petersburg, Florida; Portland, Oregon; New York; York, England; Pittsburgh; Philadelphia; Las Vegas; Detroit; and Columbus.


Presentations include:


What's New in the Style Guides

We had updates in 2017 to the Associated Press Stylebook and the Chicago Manual of Style, two of the most commonly  used style references. This presentation can be a one-hour update of what’s new in both guides, with an extensive handout, or a two- to three-hour workshop with greater depth. Some topics to touch upon:


  • What you need to know about the 2017 updates.
  • What does each style guide say about use of the singular they?
  • A look at AP Stylebook’s extensive gender entry and what Chicago and others have to say about gender-sensitive language.
  • The advantages to the online style guides and how to customize them?
  • The importance of local style guides and how to create them.
  • How style guides and other reference sources can complement your house style guide.
  • What are the main style points you need to know?


I have spoken about style guides for the Poynter Institute for Media Studies, Copyediting, Allstate, and the Twin Cities Professional Editors Network.


Mnemonize Your Writing and Editing Choices

An expanded version of a pecha kucha presentation that offers many mnemonic devices to help you avoid looking up all those pesky spelling and usage issues you struggle to remember.


Math for Word Workers

Instead of closing our eyes until the math passes, we ought to pay attention and treat math in stories like any other facts to be verified and made understandable for readers. This presentation hits on common math errors in writing and offers tips on recognizing problems quickly.



Edit Sober: The Best Advice for Writing and Editing

With a 30-year professional career, I’ve heard a lot of good advice that helps me be a better writer and editor. This presentation touches on dozens of tips, some big and many small but useful.








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