Workshop 5: Dot dot dot dash dash dash – the art and science of punctuation in writing fiction

Saturday 31 August

Venue: White Rock Hotel

14.30 to 17.00

Tickets £18, students £16. available below (limited numbers)

Led by Maggie Alderson

Dot dot dot dash dash dash – the art and science of punctuation in writing fiction

We all know our its from our it’s – and if we don’t, spellcheck does – and how punctuation can change meaning. ‘The giant panda eats shoots and leaves’ vs ‘eats, shoots and leaves’ being one famous example.

But those little squiggles also have a huge role to play in the way a piece of writing is experienced by a reader. Misguided punctuation can render the most sparkling prose dreary and it’s not just a matter of personal preference. Punctuation affects the cognitive function of the brain.

As a bestselling novelist and journalist, who has edited five magazines and numerous newspaper sections, Maggie Alderson has studied punctuation from both sides of the page. From the emotional hotseat of the creative moment, to the cool-eyed forensic examination of preparation for print.

This workshop will help you understand how to use punctuation as a dynamic tool in your writing. 

Maggie Alderson

Maggie Alderson is the author of ten novels. Her most recent is The Scent of You (Harper Collins).

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