Write Around The Web: literary festival, proofreading, typography, adverbs and a smile

Welcome to our new selection of curated info from around the web — hand-picked for HTWB readers by yours truly. Enjoy!
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Milton Keynes, England — easy to get to from London, Oxford, Cambridge, Birmingham and beyond…Sz 

Milton Keynes Literary Festival 18-22 September 2019

A fabulous festival of books, words, writers and ideas that celebrates everything literary, bookish or wordyMilton KeynesAfter a triumphant debut in 2017 – with Lynton Kwesi Johnson, Michael Rosen and much more – we returned in 2018 with an even more ambitious programme, working with new Festival partners and venues to bring a cornucopia of the finest contemporary writing to the city.  Highlights in 2018 included Hollie McNish, Mark Haddon and Lemn Sissay.

We’re now putting together a packed programme of events with something for everyone: novelists, biographers, storytellers, journalists, and poets. So put down your book, uncuddle your Kindle and join us for MK Lit Fest 2019.


Good advice from Lynn Gaertner-Johnston on the Business Writing Blog…Sz

Proofreaders, Follow the Rules!

As someone who designed the course Proofread Like a Pro, I pay attention when a competitor offers a training program on proofreading. Today my inbox included an invitation to a session. Below is the graphic with the program title.

Proofreaders, do you see anything wrong?

Proofreading graphic

I think I do, but read on to find out for sure. Sz


As writers we tend to settle for Times New Roman or Arial and just get on with it. But typography matters, as Ankit Oberoi shares here on Ad Push Up…Sz

How Typography Affects Readers

Often times we find ourselves spending hours crafting articles, making sure that each word we select is the perfect one to project the story we are trying to paint. But there is another factor, often overlooked, that is just as important as writing great content: Typography.

Let’s delve a little into the world of typography and see how it affects readers. If you are someone who despite getting traffic and producing quality content, just can’t seem to get your readers to stay, you will want to read this till the end.


Was Stephen King right? Are adverbs the nasty little blood suckers he claims? Interesting thoughts here from Melissa Donovan on Writing Forward…Sz

Writing Tips: Abolish the Adverbs

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“Avoid adverbs: Are they running slowly or are they jogging?”

“The road to hell is paved with adverbs.” ~ Stephen King

In the writing world, adverbs have a bad reputation for being weak and causing unnecessary clutter. But sometimes adverbs are necessary, and other times, they liven up a sentence or strengthen a description.

Read on to find out more…Sz


And to finish on a high note this time …. courtesy of the hilarious Facebook page, The Iron Snowflake: Sz

sign on bookstore window

And that may not be as funny as it seems…Sz

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