Grammar Girl’s Guide to Advanced AP Style

Thursday, Aug. 19, 2021 | 2-3:30 p.m. ET

Writing • AP Stylebook • Editing • Communications

We have seen what 2020 has done to the news cycle, spurring stories on everything from a global pandemic to the recent protests and unrest on race relations in this country. The one thing every reputable news story has in common: AP style.

With language being as fluid as it is, you can’t rely on the tattered old copy of the AP Stylebook from eight years ago, let alone four years ago. You need the most up-to-date information available. Without it, you run the risk of your messaging standing out for all the wrong reasons. Whether you seek to improve the writing of your intranet, email, press releases or media outreach, a well-defined style remains a pillar of strong, effective communications.

What do you do to ensure your communications are stylistically modern and professional? You gather your team and join Grammar Girl as she leads us through her advanced course on AP style.

In this informative session, you’ll discover:

  • How to use hyphens and dashes properly.
  • How to handle terms that relate to race and gender.
  • How to write about crime.
  • How to write about homelessness and climate change.
  • How to write dates.
  • What to do when quotations don't match AP style.
  • How to understand the context that proper AP style brings to your messaging efforts.

Bonus Takeaways:

  • Clear and Concise Technical Writing Guide
  • Guide for Writing Concisely
Don't miss this unique opportunity!


2–3:30 p.m. Eastern time

You might know the basics of Associated Press style, but now it's time to dig deeper, because mastery of the AP Stylebook is essential for anyone writing newspaper and magazine copy, press releases, newsletters and web copy.

Who better to guide you than Grammar Girl herself? The New York Times bestselling author Mignon Fogarty will walk you through the most important rules, reinforce concepts with quick quizzes and field questions at the end.

Gather your team and join this can’t-miss session to learn more about the following topics (and more):

  • How to use hyphens and dashes properly.
  • How to handle terms that relate to race and gender.
  • How to write about crime.
  • How to deal with quirks of social media, such as using emojis in quotations.
  • How to write dates.
  • What to do when quotations don't match AP style.


Top reasons to attend this webinar:

  • You’ll listen to and interact with Grammar Girl.
  • You’ll receive all presentations and handouts.
  • You’ll get access to an on-demand recording of the event for six months.
  • You’re guaranteed extensive, how-to instruction that you can use immediately.
  • You can attend this immersive session without leaving your desk.


Mignon Fogarty

Grammar GirlQuick and Dirty Tips Podcast Network

Mignon Fogarty is the language expert behind The New York Times bestselling "Grammar Girl's Quick and Dirty Tips for Better Writing." Her Grammar Girl podcast has been downloaded more than 100 million times, and her Grammar Girl website was recently named one of Writer's Digest 101 Best Sites for Writers. She is also the founder of the Quick and Dirty Tips podcast network.


Justin Joffe

Manager, Strategic ProgrammingRagan Communications

Justin Joffe is the Manager of Strategic Programming at Ragan Communications. At Ragan, Joffe produces content and conference, webinar and workshop agendas including the company's annual Social Media Conference at Disney World. He currently contributes articles, including the publication's Daily Scoop. Joffe is also a freelance journalist and communications writer specializing in the arts and culture, media and technology, and ad tech beats. Before joining the Ragan team, Joffe worked for Muck Rack, PR News, and The Observer. Additionally, his writing has appeared in several publications including Vulture, Newsweek, Vice, Relix, Flaunt, and many more. You can find him on Twitter @joffaloff.


You should attend if you spend at least a quarter of your time in any of these areas:

Internal Communications • Employee Communications • Executive Communications • Writing/Editing • Corporate Communications • HR Communications • Marketing • Content Strategy


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