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Hi,

I was told to use an apostrophe to show the fact that something like a seminar or conference belongs to a group. Can you tell me how could a person conceptualize in his mind a seminar or a conference belonging to a group of people? ... to me, they just attend the seminar to gain information or requisite knowledge -- they don't usually own it, nor do they have a stake in it financially or in whatever way.

an artists' seminar/conference

If they hold a seminar or conference annually to improve their skills, how should the title be worded -- should it be with an apostrophe or without?
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I wouldn't. I belong to a writers group. We don't call it writers' group.
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I like MM's posting, very useful.

>(an artists seminar might also appear, but nouns as adjectives are normally singular)

I'd use it, it's more inclusive.
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All 3 options are available, and an argument can be made for each:

an artist's seminar -- a seminar for any artist
an artists' seminar
-- a seminar for all artists
an artist seminar -
- a seminar concerned with artists or their interests
(an artists seminar might also appear, but nouns as adjectives are normally singular)

The wise publicist chooses the one without the apostrophe, since apostrophes are a pain.
Mister MicawberThe wise publicist chooses the one without the apostrophe, since apostrophes are a pain.

Amen!
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