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Words Matter, RVA!

  • Main Public Library 101 East Franklin Street Richmond, VA, 23219 United States (map)

(Please Note: This event will take place at the Main Branch of the Richmond Public Library)

In celebration of the publication of Get A Grip On Your Grammar: 250 Writing and Editing Reminders for the Curious or Confused by Kris Spisak, we have gathered 8 fantastic local authors to discuss the role of grammar in your everyday life. Now, more than ever, knowing how to express yourself well is essential. Being thoughtful of what emerges from your keyboard or through your social media is as important as what comes out of your mouth, if not more. These great wordsmiths will discuss the role grammar plays in even the most simple forms of communication and why #WordsMatter every single day. 



  • Kristen Green
  • Joanna Lee
  • Ghazala Hashmi
  • Stacy Hawkins Adams
  • Samantha Willis
  • Kris Spisak
  • Gigi Amateau

About Get A Grip On Your Grammar:

Most of us are not poets or novelists, but we are all writers. We email, text, and post; we craft memos and reports, menus and outdoor signage, birthday cards and sticky notes on the fridge.

Get a Grip on Your Grammar is a grammar book for those who hate grammar books, a writing resource filled with quick answers and a playful style―not endless, indecipherable grammar jargon.

Get a Grip on Your Grammar is The Elements of Style for the Twitter generation. Designed for student, business, and creative-writing audiences alike, its easily digestible, occasionally witty writing tips will finally teach you:

  • The differences between “lay” and “lie.”
  • The proper usage of “affect” and “effect.”
  • Where to put punctuation around quotation marks.
  • The meaning of “e.g.” versus “i.e.”
  • The perils of overusing the word “suddenly.”
  • That apostrophes should not be thrown about like confetti.
  • And 243 more great tips.