SD/PEN November Program

November Program Meeting
Editing Quotes and Dialogue for Journalism, Fiction, and Those Tricky Points In Between

Thursday, November 19, 2020
6:45–8:30 p.m. (presentation starts at 7:00 p.m.)
Online Meeting via Zoom
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Note: SD/PEN will be using Eventbrite for all upcoming event RSVPs through 2020. 

Join SD/PEN for their next program meeting on Thursday, November 19 when longtime copy editor Dan Letchworth will reveal everything you need to know about putting someone else’s words in your mouth. How much change to a quote is permissible? None? Minor punctuation or typographical points? Entire words? It depends on what you’re writing, whom you’re quoting, and—to be real—who’s funding the project. How do you format a quote in relation to the surrounding sentence? Is it “officials said,” or “officials say”? Do you always have to tag who’s speaking? Can nonvocal verbs introduce a spoken quote? If you don’t use quotation marks, how much of someone’s language can you repeat before it’s plagiarism? RSVP now to attend this program, which is sure to demystify those pesky quotations.

Dan Letchworth is the copy chief of San Diego Magazine and its custom client publications. Prior to joining the magazine world, he copy edited hundreds of books for young readers for Scholastic, Penguin Random House, and Hachette Book Group, and developed activity and science books for Klutz. He holds an MFA in Writing from Columbia University. His local theater review blog, Everyone’s a Critic, was a finalist for the 2019 National City and Regional Magazine Awards for Best Online Column. His favorite hobby is smashing the Chicago and AP style guides together to see what sticks.
Note: This program was rescheduled from March 2020.

Cost: Members ­– FREE; Nonmembers – $7.50

After you RSVP, you will receive a link to the Zoom meeting and instructions for how to participate. The Zoom session will begin at 6:45 p.m. for networking, with the presentation beginning at 7:00 p.m.

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