Dear Emerging Writers' Festival,
It was nice to see an apostrophe given pride of place in your title:
But what happened to the capital letters? Why choose to omit the capital letters but include an apostrophe? (Other events or organisations with similar names don't bother with those pesky apostrophes). When you refer to the festival in the text on your website, you use capitals: why not be consistent and use it in the title? If I didn't know better, I'd think that you hate capital letters.
I'm a little perturbed by some other things on your website, too. For instance, you shorten the title
Emerging Writers' Festival 2007
to the acronym
What happened to the space between the acronym and the year? Granted, back in ancient times, when writers didn't even have enough money to buy a garret (which wasn't invented yet, anyway), they chiselled their words into hunks of stone without leaving one space between the words. But later, spaces between words really caught on; and a good thing, too. Spaces give you a spot to breath; a place in the text to contemplate the word that has come before and prepare yourself mentally for the word that comes after. I want the space back!
Reading on, I noticed this sentence:
As I type this we're excitedly putting out program together, which will feature a special culturally and linguisticaly diverse writers' focus.
I'll go past, for the moment, the rather unfortunate use of the adverb there - 'excitedly' - because it's the second half of the sentence that I really want to look at.
'... special culturally and linguisticaly diverse writers' focus.'
'Special' and 'diverse' are politically-correct cliches*, the word 'focus' really isn't needed, and, worst of all, 'linguistically' is mispelled.
Going on to the 'Program' page, I find more examples:
How does English reflect the way we think about the world, and how are writers bending English to reflect reality?
You're mixing metaphors here; and it's not at all clear what you mean by the second metaphor - 'bending English'.
IDENTITY: GET OVER IT!
I don't think that colon really belongs between the first word and the other three words; and it doesn't make the whole phrase any more grammatical. When I was studying at University I noticed that academics seemed very fond of using the colon in their titles, but this was a particularly ugly practice and I don't see any good reason for you to perpetuate this.
NEW WRITING ... THE SAME OL’ THING?
There should not be a question mark at the end of this sentence.
Am I being hard on you for this? No, I don't think so: there are many festivals and organisations that will resort to sloppy use of the English language in which meaningful language gives way to ambiguous cliche. That's hardly an excuse to continue the practice yourself.
Am I being pedantic?
I am a writer, you know.
*Website Diogenes Lamp has an interesting take on words like this.
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