SMPS Professional Development Series Session 1: Writing Champions: Graceful Editing and Proofreading with Geeky Good Grammar

January 09, 2020
8:00 AM - 10:00 AM

JE Dunn Construction
2555 Cumberland Pkwy SE
Atlanta, GA 30339
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Session Overview:

We spend a lot of time thinking and talking about authors, but we spend very little time considering the champions of the writing process — editors and proofreaders. In this fun, interactive workshop, we’ll take a look at the basics of editing and proofreading and how to undertake that process with a little (or a lot) of grace.

And, as your in-house Writing Champion, it’s time to get your grammar geek on! Since it’s impossible to fit an entire grammar course into 90 minutes, our solution is to review the top 12 repeated grammar mistakes that pop up in our proposals. We’ll address those 12 errors, introduce the basics of The Associated Press (AP) Stylebook, and talk about how to catch those sneaky errors when we proofread. 


Session Learning Objectives:

In this workshop, we’ll ask and answer the following questions:

  • What are the Six C’s of good editing?
  • How can I “gracefully” edit my colleagues’ work?
  • What are style guides; why do they matter?
  • What are the top 12 repeated grammar mistakes that pop up in our proposals?
  • What are some tips, techniques and tactics for better proofreading?

Featured Speaker:

Jen Hebblethwaite
Champion of All Things Grace
Director, Atlanta Georgia Office
Graceworks Inc.

An Atlanta resident and educator, Jen has found her niche at GraceWorks helping clients find inner freedom to be themselves. Jen teaches at all academic levels from elementary to graduate, as well as municipal police departments. Her responsibilities as Champion of All Things Grace include training, coaching, teaching, writing, developing curriculum, building business, making human connections, putting out fires and leading the Gracewriting® program. Whew!  And if that’s not enough, she finds time to volunteer for the Georgia division of the Midwest Food Bank and has had the pleasure of tucking children into bed over 5,000 times. Jen, an advocate for the written word, understands the power of sharing gifts, exuding truth and passion and communicating with clarity.



8:00 – 8:20 AM – Registration / Breakfast

8:20 – 8:30 AM – Welcome / Opening Announcements

8:30 – 10:00 AM – Session



CPSM CEU's: 1.5 hours
Domains: 4 - Proposals, 5 - Promotional Activity, 6 - Management



Kristen Ruiz






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$40.00 SMPS Member Ticket

$35.00 CPSM Ticket

$65.00 Non-Member/Guest Ticket

$70.00 Walk-in Attendee - Non-Member/Guest Onsite Registration