What is grammar? Is this grammar?
Is it okay to use and at the start of a sentence? And what’s going on with your boss’s new hairstyle? Or should that be ... your boss’ new hairstyle? How shouldn’t you use a pair of commas? And why should you care about dangling modifiers?
Most writers, editors and emailers only intuitively know ‘the rules’, and many feel they missed out on the basics in the first place. This intensive short course is a chance to fill the gaps. Learn how to see a sentence’s underlying structure, place your commas with confidence, adjudicate apostrophe arguments and separate the rules from the myths.
Who is it for?
Stop. Grammar Time. is for anyone who writes. Our graduates include communications professionals, novelists, nurses, doctors, students, editors, copywriters, designers, helicopter engineers, AFL players, and primary and secondary school teachers.
If comma confusions and dash disagreements are clouding your sentences—or your psyche—Stop. Grammar Time. will clear the fog. We promise answers, alarm bells, tips and tactics to help you produce tighter first drafts.
How do we teach it?
Students can attend Stop. Grammar Time. classes online or in person.
Our in-person course is delivered as a one-day session. Eight hours of grammar, plus social snack breaks! In Melbourne, the classes happen at The Good Copy HQ, 19–21 Johnston Street, Collingwood. In Sydney, the classes run at State Library New South Wales in Macquarie Street.
Our online course is delivered in two parts: First, students attend a live, two-hour kick-off session on Zoom. Dates for these kick-off classes are listed in our calendar. After that, students work through four online modules, completing these at their own pace. Live check-in sessions are scheduled for each module, allowing students to discuss their progress and ask questions. The check-ins are optional and regularly programmed so you can jump in whenever you like.
What do we teach?
1. What is a clause? What is a phrase?
The ins and outs of English syntax
2. Sticks and dots
Punctuation and how to use it
3. Style and decisions
Using style guides and building your own
4. Real-world editing
Curly questions and common errors
How does it help?
Students leave with:
Who teaches it?
Stop. Grammar Time. is presented by The Good Copy’s editorial director, Penny Modra. Penny is a regular ‘grammar enthusiast’ guest on ABC Radio Melbourne, a teacher of editing at RMIT and the convener of the Collingwood Crossword Club.
The course curriculum has been developed by top-gun editor Meredith Forrester. Meredith is the author of Make Grammar Great Again (Thames & Hudson Australia, 2017), a book that explores grammar and punctuation basics by copyediting the tweets of Donald Trump.
What do people say?
The course’s openness to change and acceptance that language is in a constant state of flux is refreshing.
You’ll learn how to put the right thing in the right place, when to use a colon rather than a semicolon and what the difference is between an em dash and an en dash. Plus, the team makes damn good coffee to keep you keen.
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