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‘I seem to have been out of school the year the rules were mentioned. Do you know who said that? No, it wasn’t you. It was Joan Didion. Everyone stresses about writing. The Good Copy school is a place to get together and think about it. From editorial to ad copy, syntax to style, we explore grammar basics and writing tactics in a clear, practical and fun way. Open to writers of all stripes. 

 

 

The course is taught with reference to real-world examples that are both hilarious and insightful. My eyes are now wide open to inappropriate quote mark usage in my day-to-day life.

—Rachel Elliot-Jones, Assemble

Courses

Stop. Grammar Time.

Nuts-and-bolts punctuation and grammar for everyone who uses words

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Write Right

Tactics for planning, briefing, editing and just plain writing better writing

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Calendar

Stop. Grammar Time.
SYD
One-day class
26 May
$350.00
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Nuts-and-bolts punctuation and grammar for everyone who uses words. Visit the course page to find out more.

Runs Saturday 26 May, 9am–5.30pm, at the Walkley Foundation, 245 Chalmers Street, Redfern.

MEAA members! Enter your discount code at checkout to receive 15% off. Any questions? Email school@thegoodcopy.com.au. All prices include GST.

Write Right
MEL
Half-day class
2 June
$275.00
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From editorial to ad copy: tactics and tips for planning, briefing, editing and just plain writing great writing. Visit the course page to find out more.

Runs Saturday 2 June, 9.30am–1.30pm, at The Good Copy, 19–21 Johnston Street, Collingwood.

All prices include GST.

Write Right
SYD
Half-day class
9 June
$275.00
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From editorial to ad copy: tactics and tips for planning, briefing, editing and just plain writing great writing. Visit the course page to find out more.

Runs Saturday 9 June, 10am–2pm, at Present Company, 2–14 Vine Street, Redfern.

All prices include GST.

Stop. Grammar Time.
MEL
One-day class
23 June
$350.00
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Nuts-and-bolts punctuation and grammar for everyone who uses words. Visit the course page to find out more. 

Runs Saturday 23 June, 9am–5.30pm, at The Good Copy, 19–21 Johnston Street, Collingwood.

All prices include GST.

Stop. Grammar Time.
MEL
Two-day class
20, 21 July
$385.00
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Nuts-and-bolts punctuation and grammar for everyone who uses words. Visit the course page to find out more.

Runs Friday 20 and Saturday 21 July, 10am–4pm each day, at The Good Copy, 19–21 Johnston Street, Collingwood.

All prices include GST.

Write Right
MEL
Half-day class
3 August
$275.00
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From editorial to ad copy: tactics and tips for planning, briefing, editing and just plain writing great writing. Visit the course page to find out more.

Runs Friday 3 August, 1–5pm, at The Good Copy, 19–21 Johnston Street, Collingwood.

All prices include GST.

Stop. Grammar Time.
MEL
One-day class
17 August
$350.00
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Nuts-and-bolts punctuation and grammar for everyone who uses words. Visit the course page to find out more. 

Runs Friday 17 August, 9am–5.30pm, at The Good Copy, 19–21 Johnston Street, Collingwood.

All prices include GST.

Stop. Grammar Time.
BRIS
One-day class
25 August
$350.00
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Nuts-and-bolts punctuation and grammar for everyone who uses words. Visit the course page to find out more. 

Runs Saturday 25 August 2018, 9am–5.30pm, at The Edge, Stanley Place, Cultural Centre, South Bank.

All prices include GST. Any questions? Email school@thegoodcopy.com.au.

FAQ

What’s the difference between Stop. Grammar Time. and Write Right?
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Stop. Grammar Time. teaches the nuts and bolts of grammar and punctuation, from what makes up a sentence to where commas can go and whether semicolons belong in dot-point lists. We explore the world of style, practise real-world editing techniques, and bust common myths and mix-ups. It’s a course for people who want to craft error-free sentences and find out, once and for all, whether it’s okay to use and at the start of a sentence. (It is.)

Write Right is a course for people who want to examine how they approach writing in all its modern guises—from emails to marketing copy, reports and editorial. We promise to explore the principles of good, active writing and inspire you to think critically about the process; we do not promise to teach you a guaranteed formula for your next Facebook post. We’ve based this course on Joan Didion’s advice: ‘Prune it out, clean it up, make the point.’
Can you run a course at my work?
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Yes! Click on over to our services page to find out how.
What’s the difference between a one-day and a two-day Stop. Grammar Time. class?
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Not too much. Both class formats follow the same curriculum and cover the same topics. The main difference is in the timing: our two-day classes take a more leisurely pace across their shorter days, while our one-day classes—which we run more regularly—are for people who want a jam-packed day of grammar, grammar, grammar. Seriously, though, one of the main reasons we run one-day classes is to help full-timers who can’t get Fridays off work.
English is my second language. Is that a problem?
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You will need to be fluent in English to get the most out of our classes.
Can I enrol someone else?
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Yep! You can use our e-vouchers to enrol anyone you know—a friend, a colleague or three—in any of our upcoming classes. Head to the shop and sort for vouchers to find out how.
Can I buy my friend an enrolment for their birthday, even though I don’t know which class suits them?
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You can, you ol’ softie. Check out our e-vouchers in the shop to find out how.
I want to be an editor. Will your courses help me get there?
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Stop. Grammar Time. will introduce you to the world of editing. We cover the basics of English syntax, discuss usage and style, and explore a few real-world editing tactics.
Where do you hold your classes?
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We most often hold our Melbourne classes at our Good Copy HQ, 19–21 Johnston Street, Collingwood—but we sometimes pop up elsewhere in the metropolitan area. Keep an eye on our calendar. We most often hold our Sydney classes at the Walkley Foundation, 245 Chalmers Street, Redfern.
What happens if I can’t make it to class?
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We’ll miss you. But we’ll also happily transfer you into an upcoming class or offer you a full refund. Email Meredith at school@thegoodcopy.com.au as soon as you know you can’t make it, and she’ll help you out.

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