Workshop: Usage Woes and Myths

Presented by Frances Peck

Saturday, May 27, 2017
9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Church of Truth (James Bay)
111 Superior St., Victoria, B.C.

Workshop Description

You’ve sorted out imply and infer. You know it’s not all right to use alright. But what about more troublesome usage points, like the difference between may and might? Or such commonly misused words as dilemma and fulsome? Is it true that you should always change though to althoughtill to until? Is impact now officially a verb? For anyone intent on preventing (not avoiding) word errors and avoiding (not preventing) usage myths, this seminar will help. We’ll take an up-to-date look at some of the most misunderstood and contentious points of English usage, and identify helpful guides and other resources. Bring your top usage questions to share with the group.

Frances Peck

Frances Peck is a writer and Certified Professional Editor (Hon.) who has worked with words for over 25 years. Author of Peck’s English Pointers and a co-author of the HyperGrammar website, she teaches editing at Douglas College and UBC and gives workshops across Canada. She is a partner with West Coast Editorial Associates and a long-time volunteer with Editors Canada.

Registration Details

Registration is now closed.

Fee: $100, includes all course materials, food and beverages.

Food: Registration includes beverages, a light lunch and snacks. If you have dietary requests, please email them to us by Friday, May 19. Registrants with food allergies are welcome to bring their own food and drink.

Cancellation policy: If PEAVI cancels a seminar, we will fully refund registration fees. If a registrant wants to cancel, the following terms apply:

  • Cancellations are accepted until registration closes on the Friday one week before the seminar, minus a $10 processing fee.
  • No refunds are given for cancellations received after registration has closed.
  • Cancellation requests must be made by sending an email to workshop at

For more information, please contact Paula Marchese and Rowena Rae.