AP Stylebook Workshop, fall 2023

Join editors from The Associated Press for an engaging online workshop designed to build your knowledge of AP style and your confidence in how to apply it to your work. Participate in four live virtual sessions with the editors who make AP style and get your questions answered. You'll also get on-demand videos, recommended reading and self-scoring quizzes to hone your writing and editing skills.

This course will help you:

  • Learn the fundamentals of AP style, including use of commas, hyphens, capitalization, possessives and more.
  • Understand the how and the why of AP style.
  • Think through questions where existing style rules might not offer a clear answer or the guidance requires judgment to apply to your needs.
  • Bring consistency to your writing and editing, using AP style guidance and your house style.
  • Navigate the Stylebook to find guidance quickly – memorization is not necessary or recommended.
  • Network with your peers to get their insights on writing for your audience.

Weekly sessions start on Oct. 25. You can join live or watch recordings at your convenience.

Each course registration includes access to AP Stylebook Online, the searchable and customizable AP style resource, as well as AP Stylebook Study Guides, a series of self-scoring quizzes that reinforce the workshop's lessons.

Register now for early access to Stylebook Online, Stylebook Study Guides and the online classroom’s extensive on-demand videos. You'll keep AP Stylebook Workshop content through Nov. 30.

Our early-bird discount expired on Sept. 15, but we offer numerous discounts including group rates and special pricing for members of several professional organizations.
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AP Stylebook Workshop, fall 2023

— Learn directly from the AP editors who set AP style, in a mix of live webinars and on-demand videos. Join live Zoom sessions on Wednesdays from 2-3 p.m. EDT on Oct. 25 and Nov. 1, and 2-3 p.m. EST on Nov. 8 and 15.
— Submit your questions for real-life assistance with the practical application of AP style guidance.
— Develop your knowledge using access to AP Stylebook Online and AP Stylebook Study Guides, with access available as soon as you register.
— Watch on-demand videos, including short tutorials and recordings of the spring Stylebook Workshop’s live webinars.
— Display your certificate of completion and LinkedIn badge to show off your skill development.

— The AP Stylebook Workshop is offered in partnership with Edmaker, experts in online learning communities.
— Edmaker will host the course on its web-based platform. There’s nothing to download or install, but you will need a current browser and reliable internet connectivity.
— All live webinars take place on Zoom. For best results, run a current version of Zoom on your desktop or laptop computer. You can participate on your mobile device, but you will have a richer experience on a computer with a bigger screen so you can see the text on screen and engage in chat.
— After you register for the AP Stylebook Workshop on the Stylebook website, you will receive a claim code via email. When you redeem that code via the link included in the email, you will get an email from Edmaker to access the online workshop and a separate email from APStylebook.com with access to Stylebook Online and Stylebook Study Guides.
— If you sign up on behalf of multiple users, you will get an email with a set of claim codes. Share one code with each user who you would like to participate, along with the activation code link. As your users redeem their claim codes, they will get their activation emails from Edmaker and APStylebook.com.
— Edmaker works best when you have JavaScript and cookies enabled. Flash and other plugins are not required.

— Your primary instructor is Paula Froke, editor of the Associated Press Stylebook and a manager on the AP’s standards team. Paula started her 35-plus years with the AP as a Dow Jones News Fund intern on the AP's main editing desk in New York. Her AP career has included jobs as news editor in Minnesota and Michigan; deputy national editor at headquarters; assistant managing editor/nights on the Nerve Center; AP embedded editor at MSN News; and executive director of Associated Press Media Editors.
— Paula will be joined by the members of the Stylebook editing team: Anna Jo Bratton, Andale Gross, Jeff McMillan and Pia Sarkar.

Program details

Join the AP Stylebook editors for four live sessions on Zoom or watch the recordings at your convenience on the online classroom.

Week 1: What's new in AP style

Wednesday, Oct. 25, 2-3 p.m. EDT

Get an overview of what’s changed in the AP Stylebook in recent years, including:

  • An inclusive storytelling chapter, plus guidance on coverage and terms related to race, gender and sexual orientation, disabilities, gender-neutral language and more.
  • Pointers for covering artificial intelligence and definitions of AI terms.
  • Expanded guidance on hyphenation.
  • New or revised terms related to climate change, religion, philanthropy and more.
  • Tips for being a better editor of your own copy.


  • Paula Froke, AP Stylebook editor, The Associated Press
  • Pia Sarkar, deputy business editor for enterprise and storytelling, The Associated Press

Week 2: AP style mechanics

Wednesday, Nov. 1, 2-3 p.m. EDT

  • Examining "simple" rules that aren't so simple — using the serial comma (or not), hyphenating compound modifiers (or not), using words for numbers under 10 (or not) …
  • Thinking through how to look something up in the Stylebook.
  • Deciding wisely when AP style doesn’t directly answer your question.
  • Making consistent choices based on your audience and platforms.


  • Paula Froke, AP Stylebook editor, The Associated Press
  • Anna Jo Bratton, U.S. enterprise editor, The Associated Press

Week 3: AP style storytelling

Wednesday, Nov. 8, 2-3 p.m. EST

  • Elements of a good story.
  • Tips for self-editing.
  • Review of copy from workshop participants.


  • Paula Froke, AP Stylebook editor, The Associated Press
  • Anna Jo Bratton, U.S. enterprise editor, The Associated Press

Week 4: Learn inclusive storytelling and language

Wednesday, Nov. 15, 2-3 p.m. EST

  • Principles of some of the major inclusion chapters and entries, including race, gender, immigration, disabilities.
  • Key language points on major topics including immigration, older adults, race-related coverage, gender, sex and sexual orientation, disabilities, survivors/victims.
  • Pushing back on lazy language of your sources: racially tinged vs. racist, elderly vs. older adults, etc.
  • Other race/gender/inclusive/sensitivity writing details in practice.


  • Paula Froke, AP Stylebook editor, The Associated Press
  • Pia Sarkar, deputy business editor for enterprise and storytelling, The Associated Press


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