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The Conscious Style Guide : a flexible approach to language that includes, respects, and empowers - Karen Yin

The Conscious Style Guide

a flexible approach to language that includes, respects, and empowers

By: Karen Yin

Paperback | 4 June 2024

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An adaptable guide for anyone who wants to communicate with compassion in a rapidly changing environment.

Thankfully, The Conscious Style Guide provides a roadmap for communicating with sensitivity and awareness - no matter how the world around us progresses. Readers will learn-


  • How to identify biased language

  • How to implement the overarching principles that guide us toward conscious language

  • How to adopt conscious language as a tool for self-awareness and empowerment

  • How to alleviate the stress of experiencing exclusionary language

  • How to create a style sheet and reference stack to help support your practice

  • And much more


With practical advice and hundreds of relatable examples, The Conscious Style Guide invites us to weigh contradictions, examine the pitfalls of binary thinking, and explore truly effective communication - in all aspects of our lives.


'Karen Yin is no language cop, ready to arrest us for our word crimes. Instead, in The Conscious Style Guide, she is the beloved school crossing guard, protecting us, guiding us, reminding us to look both ways.'
-Roy Peter Clark, author of Tell It Like It Is

'An essential resource for writers and editors who want to get up to speed on writing with empathy and care.'
-Mignon Fogarty, host of the Grammar Girl podcast

'Karen Yin has crafted a generous, thoughtful toolkit for anyone seeking to communicate mindfully. Her insights offer a flexible pathway to practicing conscious language that avoids prescriptivism and instead invites deep reflection. A must-have reference for any bookshelf!'
-Emily Ladau, disability rights activist and author of Demystifying Disability

About the Author

Karen Yin is the founder of ConsciousStyleGuide.com and other resources for writers and editors, including The Conscious Language Newsletter and the Editors of Color Database. Named by Poynter as one of the top tools for journalists, ConsciousStyleGuide.com is an official reference for countless schools, businesses, media outlets, organisations, and government agencies. Yin is a member of the Chicago Manual of Style advisory board and has been consulted by The Associated Press Stylebook and other industry leaders.

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