A grammar and punctuation course created for writers
Grammar shouldn’t be about pedantry: instead, it should be about making your writing as clear and compelling as possible.
Created by a writer for writers, this practical and down-to-earth grammar and punctuation 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.
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
Public grammar and punctuation course – webinar over two half days
Only eight places are available in each course 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 your interest and I’ll let you know when the next course will be.
Who am I?
I’m a former Sydney Morning Herald editor and UTS journalism lecturer with over 25 years of writing experience.
- Dan's grammar and punctuation workshop was an invaluable addition to my professional development. As both a writer and an editor, being able to brush up on my punctuation skills and – most importantly – learn the correct terminology has been vital. I thoroughly enjoyed myself throughout the course and would highly recommend it to anyone in the industry!Rose Garnett – Gritty Pretty
- "I can already see a difference in my writing. I’m looking at sentences differently and feel more confident about my language and grammar choices."Belinda Macarthur – Anglican Church
- "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
- “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
- I really enjoyed your workshop and felt it was an excellent refresher on grammar and punctuation. I particularly enjoyed getting reacquainted with subordinate clauses! I also found your discussion about commas invaluable - especially when referring to their use with honorific titles.Louise
- "Great advice, wish I'd done this course in uni – and it should be part of uni! Thank you!"Milly McGrath
- "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
- “I highly recommend this grammar and punctuation course! Dan is a wonderful, thoughtful and engaging facilitator. The course was a great refresher on the basics and I took away some new skills that I’ll apply daily in my work as a journalist and editor.”Dani Gay
- "Really good refresher workshop. Helped to clarify often-made grammatical errors and simplify concise writing habits."Rebecca Sands – Knight Frank
- "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