Grammar and punctuation short course – webinar and staff training

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