AP Style for Business Writers

Many organizations use the AP Stylebook as their default in-house style manual, but writing in AP style doesn’t come naturally, and most business writers have a steep learning curve. This workshop presents the points that are most relevant in business, organized for easier retention. The accompanying handout is an invaluable quick reference back on the job.

It’s typically held in 3 sessions of 2 hours each, but times and subject matter may be modified to some extent to suit your company’s specific needs.

This workshop was designed to be presented as three weekly 2-hour sessions for the University of Richmond’s School of Professional and Continuing Studies.

Session 1

  • AP’s recommended alternate references
  • Rules you may not like
  • Corporate and organizational terms
  • Time
  • Geographical references & state names
  • Numbers

Session 2

  • Acronyms vs. abbreviations
  • Abbreviations
  • Capitalization
  • Formatting proper names
  • Punctuation

Session 3

  • Preferred spellings
  • Technical terms
  • Hyphenates, compound, or two words
  • Prefixes
  • Suffixes
  • Everyday usage
  • Evaluations

Textbook: The Associated Press Stylebook and Briefing on Media Law, published by the Associated Press, New York, current edition.

Handout: AP Style for Business Writers Quick Reference by Karen Wormald.

Contact Karen if you’d like to schedule an in-house workshop.


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