A grammar and punctuation workshop that isn’t pretentious
This course isn’t about pedantry or learning complex rules – it’s about understanding how to use grammar and punctuation to become a better writer.
By understanding the building blocks of writing, you’ll be able to clearly see what you’re saying and figure out how to say it better.
In other words, although this course will teach you how to make your writing grammatically correct (and how to break the rules), it will also show you how to use grammar to make your writing clear, easy to understand and compelling.
This fun, practical and down-to-earth grammar workshop covers:
- why grammar and punctuation are important for readability
- how to use commas, colons, semicolons, apostrophes and other punctuation marks
- structuring sentences and paragraphs
- understanding subjects, verbs, adjectives, adverbs, prepositions, conjunctions, clauses, phrases and more
- using strong verbs to make your writing evocative (and how to avoid nominalisations)
- mastering tenses and verb forms
- how the active voice can tighten your writing (and knowing when to use the passive)
- how to apply everything you’ve just learnt to become a better writer (for example, you won’t just learn what participles are, but also when and how to use them)
- spotting and fixing common punctuation and grammatical mistakes.
There’ll be plenty of exercises throughout the course so you can put theory into practice.
Who am I?
I’m a former Sydney Morning Herald editor and UTS journalism lecturer with over 25 years of experience across print and online.
Public grammar and punctuation course – webinar over two half days
The next webinar will be on 9 and 10 March.
It will run over two half days from 9.30am-12.45pm AEDT.
Only eight places are available to make sure everyone can participate and receive feedback. Tickets cost $320 (plus GST).
Digital handbooks and certificates will be given, in addition to a recording of the webinar.Register now for the March webinar
If you can’t make this workshop, register your interest and I’ll let you know when the next course will be.
Staff training and one-on-one sessions
If your staff could use a grammar and punctuation refresher, then I can provide customised training online or on your premises anywhere in Australia.
One-on-one sessions are also available – either online or in person.
This punctuation and grammar course can be tailored to suit your needs and can also be combined with my editing course.Ask for more information
- "Dan was an engaging presenter and answered all questions well. The exercises were extremely helpful in understanding the content."Lurline Byles – Department of Fire and Emergency Services
- "Absolutely loved how practical the sessions were and I’ve been able to immediately put the lessons learned into practice. It was an enjoyable experience."Stevie Bal – Bunnings
- "This sub-editing and proofreading webinar is easily the best PD I have ever done. The webinar was practical, relevant, interactive, enjoyable and well-paced. Dan is an engaging facilitator who is really generous with both his knowledge and resources."Michelle McDonald – Director of News, Anglican Church Southern Queensland
- "Dan is adaptable to the various audience’s requirements and has a tremendous scope of information and experience which he delivers very well."Maggie Videan – Cancer Council
- "This workshop has helped me to develop a clear understanding of grammar, punctuation and copy. I've learnt about common mistakes I've been making for years – I won't now. The practice and activities helped to put it into action and I can't wait to get back to work with these skills. Thank you!"Annie Waterworth
- "Enjoyable workshop – Dan is a great presenter/teacher. It was amazing to find out how much I did and didn't know."Jamie Williamson – Rainmaker Group
- "After trawling for the right editor to teach me the trade, from square one I knew I'd found the right person in Dan. He's an incredible teacher, with amusing anecdotes to boot. After just a few sessions, I was seeing English in an entirely new way and, with his help, I knew I was ready."Gavin A
- "Really good refresher workshop. Helped to clarify often-made grammatical errors and simplify concise writing habits."Rebecca Sands – Knight Frank
- "I'm feeling very motivated to work on my copy and improve it. Thank you!"Melissa Knapp – Yoganic
- "Great advice, wish I'd done this course in uni – and it should be part of uni! Thank you!"Milly McGrath
- "The course was great – very hands on with great resources to take away."Lili Sparke
- "The sub-editing course was a great refresher on everyday grammatical mistakes and has made me rethink the way I write and edit. I started using the rules and tips Dan taught us straight away. I highly recommend the course."Jenna McGowan – Optometry Australia
- "Dan is brilliant! This workshop has really helped me understand more about editing. The skills and tools I have learned will assist me in my daily work. Thank you."Allyson Jennings – World Nomads
- "Top job – I was engaged the entire time! Definitely taken away some great lessons I'll use in the future."Jesse Welsh – Nine Entertainment
- "Would happily recommend to journalists, editors and sub-editors. Dan knows his subject and this info needs to be passed on to every media participant."Darren Snyder – Money magazine
- "Thank you for a fantastic learning experience. It was great to learn so many new things. I will be a much better writer because of today."Andrew Hill – The Salvation Army