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Grammar and Punctuation Essentials

Get it right, every time.

Errors can undermine your communication. Master the rules to great grammar and punchy punctuation forever! More detail

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Upcoming course dates

StartsThursday 14 August 2014

Location Sydney,
Ground Floor
55 Lavender Street
Milsons Point NSW 2061

WhenFull day course
9am–5pm

Price$450

Presenter Deb Doyle

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Course description

Righting your writing!

  • Looking to refresh your grammar and punctuation skills?
  • Are you in a job where accuracy in English is essential? (Which should be in every job, but let’s not go there…)
  • Are your Word documents littered with green squiggly lines?
  • Want to kiss goodbye to your current Russian roulette approach to apostrophes, plurals and other gremlins?
  • If you’re keen to transform your writing into a thing of error-free beauty, this entertaining and informative day awaits!

Get to know your grammar

In many cultures, Grammar is a kindly old woman who bakes sponge cakes, knits jumpers and comments on how much you’ve grown. But the grammar we’re talking about here packs hand grenades and tripwires – showcasing English at its inconsistent best. And when teamed up with punctuation, they’re a mischievous pair – wielding a bunch of rules you’d swear had been designed to make us all look perpetually stupid.

But never fear – help is at hand! If you’re sick of patchy punctuation and grammar guesswork and just want to learn it once and for all, our one-day Grammar and Punctuation Essentials course is exactly what the doc ordered (document, that is). Because when you master the golden rules, your work becomes gold-star worthy every time!

In one day, you’ll learn:

  • the fundamentals of punctuation and grammar to give you more confidence in your writing and your job
  • common mistakes in business writing and how to fix them – things like apostrophes, plurals, quotes and lots more
  • an understanding of the ‘grey areas’ of language – when to bend, break or keep a rule or convention
  • how to know when more than one solution is acceptable
  • practical and interactive exercises exploring and reinforcing the nine parts of speech and building blocks of English
  • the knowledge to feel empowered in correcting yours and other people’s writing
  • and MUCH more!

Understand and deliver

Your guide through this lexical minefield is Deb Doyle – an editorial expert with an uncanny ability to turn the traditionally dull-at-best world of punctuation and grammar into a fun, jam-packed, eye-opening and side-splitting journey!

At the conclusion of this one-day course, you’ll not only be able to identify and apply simple solutions to common writing quirks, but your work will be more professional, polished and easier to read. Turns out you can have your sponge cake and eat it, too!

WARNING: A by-product of this course is that you’ll find yourself scoffing at printed signs, tut-tutting advertisements and correcting your friends’ Facebook updates…

Bonus textbook

You’ll receive your very own copy of the comprehensive workbook Grey Areas and Gremlins: A Grammar and Punctuation Refresher (valued at $50). This is a useful resource you can refer to even when the course is over.

Why learn grammar and punctuation?

If you are one of the many people who work with words, you might be struggling to make sense of what you write and read. You might be a professional freelance writer or hold a responsible position in the publications arm of a company or government enterprise – or you might be one of the many people who belong to the generations of Australians who missed out on learning grammar and punctuation at school.

If you lack confidence in explaining the choices you make when drafting or editing a variety of documents for a range of readers, you’ll transform your skills by completing this grammar and punctuation seminar.

Your presenters

  • Deb Doyle

    Deb Doyle, Sydney

    Deb Doyle is an experienced editorial-training consultant and publication editor. She specialises in publication editing and in training... View Profile

Graduate testimonials

  • “I enjoyed the seemingly limitless amount of examples Deb had on offer at the drop of a hat. Grammar and terminology have a tendency to confuse me with overwhelming detail, so relating it back to actual examples was indispensable.”

    Chris Deal

    “The course was very good. I highly recommend attending it.”

    Nicole Lewis

    “Deb was absolutely brilliant. Her teaching style is approachable, intelligent and well-paced. I would add three exclamation marks but I now know that’s a hyphenated no-no!”

    Janet Hillis