Katie Piper 1 month ago

I enjoyed the simplicity of the course, the logical format, and that the lessons can be saved for future reference.

I've already edited my short stories and flash fiction pieces! I can now send them out with confidence that I have the basics right.

Go for it: school was a long time ago! Absolutely nothing to lose.

Tyler Smith 1 month ago

I needed a refresher on my grammar and punctuation. I understood the basics (that much I knew), but I always felt I was missing the confidence behind my words. This course helped with that. I now have a greater understanding of why we use certain punctuation that we do, which is immensely helpful for someone who wants to pursue writing and/or editing for their career.

The course boosted my confidence to continue writing the draft for my first book. It reaffirmed my choice in past tense - I often worried that it was a mistake and learning that most fiction is written in past tense sets your mind at ease. It was even interesting to learn that writers in present tense could move up and down depending on whether it was a memory or flashback.

If you are struggling with your writing and need a comfortable place to improve your skills, then joining the AWC community would be the place to do it.

Emilie 1 month ago

Grammar and punctuation have always been the weakest part of my editing skills. I relied on my instincts but didn't know the rules.

Everything in the course was explained simply and clearly. I have awareness of the rules now.

If you never got grammar and punctuation in school, this course will teach you everything you missed.

Rachael 2 months ago

I didn't realise how many gaps I had in my knowledge of English grammar and punctuation until I did this course! Having gone to school at a time when grammar was not specifically taught, I learnt to write intuitively, without really knowing what it was I was doing grammatically. Now I feel I have the understanding to write with more confidence and have more control over my storytelling.

Mark Anderson 2 months ago

When I re-read my draft novel, I discovered the many mistakes that I had made without realising it. A course everyone should take as revision.

Definitely do it. You will be amazed about what you have forgotten from school.

Mike Cullen 5 months ago

Grammar and punctuation are areas I know I fall down in, and this course seemed to be tailor-made to help writers improve quickly.

I now know where commas belong and where to put apostrophes. Both of which I was complete rubbish at previously. The exercises helped to solidify the information being presented.

I've recommended AWC courses at almost every job I've had in the last decade or so.

Lily Fields 7 months ago

I believe a good writer should understand proper grammar and punctuation for clarity in any forms of writing. Refresher course for me as a newbie writer.

The bite-sized learning modules are simple to understand. Absolutely love the content and listening to the audio helped sealed into my memory. Having these notes on hand as reference is vitally important. It's like a handy dictionary to flip over and over again.

The difference between how a writer writes and a reader reads are addressed in these modules. I am beginning to transition from a reader to a writer in this course. I have more confidence in novel writing without going through the pitfalls of getting tenses mixed up in the story.

The course gives you a roadmap of understanding the basics of grammar and punctuation, which is a must for every level of writing. Definitely a go-to fast track English lesson for serious writers!

Imogen Bielby 7 months ago

There were some things I felt I could identify and amend quite easily - joyful! It's become a 'safe' building block for me to build on, and has encouraged me to keep going with my learning.

It is helpful how the course draws attention to the common mistakes. 1) you can go, ah ha, I do that and 2) you don't feel it's just you!

AWC courses are easy to follow, have great resources, tips and exercises. You have nothing to lose, only something to gain!

Diana Hibberson 8 months ago

I wanted to write a novel, so I was keen to recap on the essentials of English grammar and punctuation.

I love Valerie's presentation. She is clear and precise, and has a sense of humour. It clarified a few points that I was unsure about. The use of dialogue punctuation; whether to use one or two speech marks.

AWC offers an extensive and varied range of informative courses to help improve any potential writers' ability.

Steve Russell 1 year ago

I enjoyed the whole course. I needed to find out more about comma splice sentences and did. Also, learning more about tense means another review of my manuscript.

Another step toward improving my story telling - thank you.

Laura Di Scala 1 year ago

I have written a novel and want to be able to perfect it prior to trying to get it published.

This course was both comprehensive and easy to follow. The activities given provided the perfect opportunity to test the knowledge gained. Much of it I already knew, but it just sharpened my knowledge. It also showed me a few errors that I've unknowingly made throughout my novel.

It really was exactly what I needed to take my novel to the next level.

I feel like I've had a crash course that answered all my questions that my own knowledge was lacking in. I love that it was kept simple. It means that all those basic grammatical rules can be followed easily. It's had an impact on me because I feel that, in future, my editing will be so much more streamlined.

Give it a go! Taking a short course is never going to hurt.

Rosie McMahon 1 year ago

I'm writing my first novel and want to start with a solid understanding of grammar and punctuation requirements early on. I imagine an editor or publisher would be frustrated by those not attending to this part of the art of writing.

This is a very helpful course. I feel more confident now that I have clear resources to depend on. Getting on top of this early will help to avoid having to go over and over my drafts and fix mistakes.

I like the structure and process used by AWC to do the work online and in my own time. It is well worth doing the AWC courses - they are practical, useful, well-structured, and well-delivered. The information provided is contemporary and technically useful.

Anna Mahoney 1 year ago

While my grammar is good, it's instinctive. I cannot parse a sentence to save myself.

I enjoyed finding out I know a lot more than I think, plus great tips to improve my writing. Not in the least bit dry. Lively and informative.

I've always felt a bit of a fraud for coasting on a gift for writing grammatically with no clue as to why. Now I have the answers.

Your courses are well designed and presented. I am a better writer because of them. For example, I placed second in a national competition with a story I developed in your Short Story Essentials course.

Ilonka 1 year ago

This is a great foundation for fiction writers. It was easy to understand and was delivered in short and to the point videos.

As a reformed comma splice offender, I will no longer abuse the comma key on my laptop. Prepare full stop, ellipses and em dash: you're up!

The course offers a solid foundation of punctuation and grammar for fiction writers across all genres.

Victoria Ellen 1 year ago

This is a terrific course to brush up on the use of punctuation in your writing. Very accessible and a great confidence booster!

Victoria Lafferty 2 years ago

Valerie has a lovely voice to listen to so I found the units welcoming and easy to listen to several times. I liked the repetition in the activities to make sure you had a good grasp of the concept.

It has cemented my understanding of grammar and punctuation, which I thought was shaky at best. It has given me the confidence to submit my work and believe in my abilities.

I have recommended AWC courses to several friends. The self-paced courses are judgement free and welcoming, being able to work through the material at your own pace, when it suits you, is also a big plus. The satisfaction and self-confidence you have in the knowledge you've harnessed is also very motivating. Thank you!

Ann O'Hara 2 years ago

You're never too old to learn grammar and punctuation. The Australian Writers' Centre course improved my grammar immensely, so much that my writers' group now say my punctuation skills are better.

Lesley Gray 2 years ago

I felt that I needed to polish up on my Grammar and Punctuation... and, sadly I DID need to polish up!!!

Quite a lot of 'aha!' moments... I hadn't realised how bad my grammar etc was :)

It was easy to follow, comprehensive. I love that I can refer back to the course.

I am only at the beginning of my AWC journey, but so far so good.

Cheryl Watson 2 years ago

It was nice to know that I really did know a bit more than I thought but also that I was getting help and learning more about the bits I didn't know.

Try it. You will be surprised how much help it will be to you.

Naomi Shippen 2 years ago

I have always relied on instinct when it comes to grammar, and as I am about to start editing my novel, wanted the confidence of knowing the theory and grammar of punctuation.

This course was very thorough and highlighted the areas of grammar and punctuation I need to work on. It was broken down into easy-to-follow pieces and the information was easy to understand.

I now have greater confidence when it comes to grammar and punctuation. AWC has given me the tools that I can turn to whenever I am in doubt about any grammatical aspect of my writing.

The Grammar and Punctuation course with the Australian Writers' Centre will give you the tools you need to polish your work to a professional standard. The lessons are easy to follow and the exercises will help you to achieve a high standard of grammar and punctuation.

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