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Substantive Editing

Saturday, 15 October 2005
 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
 8:00 a.m. –  9:00 a.m. Registration / Networking / Refreshments
 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. KU Class (1st half)
12:00 p.m. –  1:00 p.m. Lunch
 1:00 p.m. –  4:00 p.m. KU Class (2nd half)
EEI Communications, Silver Spring, MD Directions are provided below.
Fees are listed above.
Registration is required for this event and must be made by 5:00 p.m., Thursday, 6 October 2005. To register, complete the online Event Registration form.

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Course Description: Substantive Editing

Note: This Knowledge University program can hold up to 18 participants. A waiting list will be started once we reach full capacity. Please contact the Committee Events Manager. EEI requires that we have a minimum of 14 seats filled. EEI also maintains an 8-day cancellation policy.

The author might have sweat blood over the copy, but you're still faced with a document that needs work. Sound familiar? The course will teach you how to edit for clarity and meaning, sharpen your ability to spot factual errors and redundancy, and how to outline and organize unfocused materials without abandoning the author's voice. Exercises are based on real-world manuscripts. Topics include

  • Revising sentences for imprecise wording, redundancy, and factual inaccuracy
  • Untangling garbled language
  • Querying effectively
  • Recognizing problems with tone
  • Reorganizing confusing copy
  • Determining the value and accuracy of information
  • Assessing the manuscript for content, organization, and writing style
  • Organizing unfocused material
  • Pinpointing areas that need work and planning your editing approach
  • Mastering the art of diplomacy
  • Revising/rewriting introductory paragraphs
  • Repurposing text for a different audience and use
  • New managers who want to develop their project management skills.
  • Seasoned managers who want to refresh their skills and participate in the discussion to share their perspectives.

About the Instructor

photo of Morris BermanMorris Berman, Ph.D., is the author of five books and nearly fifty articles. He received the Governor's Writers Award (Washington State) for Coming to our Senses, published in 1989, and was director of the Seattle Writers' Guild from 1996 to 1998. His most recent work, The Twilight of American Culture (2000), was named a "Notable Book" by The New York Times Book Review. He has taught numerous classes and workshops on the techniques of nonfiction writing and editing, and is a visiting faculty member at the Catholic University of America.

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EEI will provide pastries, muffins, bagels, coffee and tea in the morning. Lunch is on your own. There are a number of restaurants located in downtown Silver Spring.


Because there are a limited number of spaces for this course, we require all attendees to register and pay in advance.

To register for this event, complete the online Event Registration form.

Registration deadline: 8 p.m., Thursday, 6 October 2005. Payments by check or PayPal must be received by this date. Entrance is not guaranteed until we receive your advance payment.

We cannot offer free admission to this event.

Please take note of the following information.

  • Entrance is not guaranteed until receipt of advance payment.
  • Registration will be closed at occupancy limit (18 seats are available). When capacity is reached, a notification will be provided at the top of this page. We will start a waiting list at that time and you will be notified whether or not there is space available for you in the class.
  • We do not provide refunds for late arrivals.
  • We reserve the right to bill those who register for a program, do not pre-pay, and do not attend the program.
  • You will receive a full refund if you cancel before Thursday, 6 October 2005.

Note: Your registration will be canceled if seating capacity is reached and your payment has not been received. Registration is not complete until payment is received. Use PayPal or allow ample time for mail delivery.

Admission fees help to offset the costs of our programs. Our attendees pay slightly different fees depending on whether they are members, nonmembers, students, chapter volunteers, or walk-ins. We also sometimes offer a program-only option for programs that are not held in restaurants.

We cannot offer free admission to this event, as we do at other times in exchange for volunteers' help before or during the event.


You may pay by sending a check through the U.S. Mail or by making a secure online payment through our PayPal page using your credit card, debit card, bank account, or by paying money from a funded PayPal account. (Using PayPal allows you to make purchases without revealing your credit card number or financial information to us.) We also accept cash or checks at the door. Walk-ins pay the walk-in fee listed under Fees.

If you have already registered and would like to submit a payment by check or through our PayPal page, see the Event Registration page for more detailed information about making a payment.


Cancellation deadline: 8 p.m., Thursday, 6 October 2005. A full refund will be returned to you if you cancel by the deadline.

To cancel a registration, contact the Events Committee Manager as soon as possible. No shows who do not notify us that they need to cancel will be billed.



photo of EEI Silver Spring building

EEI Communications
8403 Colesville Road
Suite 320
Silver Spring, MD  20910
Phone: 301-495-9800

Map and directions to EEI Communications in Silver Spring, MD.

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