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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.

Where do commas go? What on earth is a relative clause? Navigate nuts-and-bolts punctuation and grammar in this one-day course for everyone who uses words.

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Write Right

We all write, but what does it mean to write well? A half-day course exploring tactics and principles for planning, drafting and editing better writing.

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Calendar

Write Right
Online
Thu 29 Jul
$220.00
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We all write, but what does it mean to write well? Tactics and principles for planning, briefing, drafting and editing better writing. Visit the course page to find out more.

Runs Thursday 29 July, 12.30–5pm AEST (UTC+10:00), online via Zoom.

All prices include GST.

Write Right
MELBOURNE
Fri 30 Jul
$275.00
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We all write, but what does it mean to write well? Tactics and principles for planning, briefing, drafting and editing better writing. Visit the course page to find out more.

Runs Friday 9 July, 12.30–5pm, at The Good Copy, 19–21 Johnston Street, Collingwood.

All prices include GST.

Stop. Grammar Time.
Online
Thu 5 Aug
$280.00
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Where do commas go? And what on earth is a relative clause? Nuts-and-bolts punctuation and grammar for everyone who uses words.

This Stop. Grammar Time. course will run online. The course is taught via Zoom. 

By enrolling for the course here, you’re choosing Thursday 5 August, 12.30–5pm AEST, for your ‘kick-off session’ – the date you‘ll complete the first 4.5 hours of the nine-hour course. 

Before enrolling for the course, make sure that you’re also available to attend a ‘wrap-up session’ – when you’ll complete the final 4.5 hours of the course. Here are the upcoming wrap-up session dates – note that we're in Melbourne and times are in AEST (UTC+10:00)

  • Thursday 12 August, 12.30–5pm AEST
  • Friday 10 September, 12.30–5pm AEST


Once you’ve enrolled, we’ll email you to confirm your wrap-up session date and ensure you‘re on the roll for both classes.

Please note: All prices include GST. We charge the full course fee, $280, when you book your kick-off session. 

Kick-off class on Zoom: Thursday 5 August, 12.30–5pm AEST.

Stop. Grammar Time.
MELBOURNE
Fri 6 Aug
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Where do commas go? And what on earth is a relative clause? Nuts-and-bolts punctuation and grammar for everyone who uses words. Visit the course page to find out more. 

Runs Friday 6 August, 9am–5.30pm, at The Good Copy, 19–21 Johnston Street, Collingwood.

All prices include GST.

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Stop. Grammar Time.
MELBOURNE
Sat 7 Aug
$350.00
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Where do commas go? And what on earth is a relative clause? Nuts-and-bolts punctuation and grammar for everyone who uses words. Visit the course page to find out more. 

Runs Saturday 7 August, 9am–5.30pm, at The Good Copy, 19–21 Johnston Street, Collingwood.

All prices include GST.

Write Right
MELBOURNE
Fri 13 Aug
$275.00
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We all write, but what does it mean to write well? Tactics and principles for planning, briefing, drafting and editing better writing. Visit the course page to find out more.

Runs Friday 13 August, 12.30–5pm, at The Good Copy, 19–21 Johnston Street, Collingwood.

All prices include GST.

Write Right
SYDNEY
Wed 18 Aug
$275.00
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We all write, but what does it mean to write well? Tactics and principles for planning, briefing, drafting and editing better writing. Visit the course page to find out more.

Runs Wednesday 18 August, 12.30–5pm at State Library New South Wales, Macquarie Building, Macquarie Street, Sydney.

All prices include GST.

Stop. Grammar Time.
SYDNEY
Fri 20 Aug
$350.00
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Where do commas go? And what on earth is a relative clause? Nuts-and-bolts punctuation and grammar for everyone who uses words. Visit the course page to find out more.

Runs Friday 20 August, 9am–5.30pm at State Library New South Wales, Macquarie Building, Macquarie Street, Sydney.

Write Right
Online
Thu 26 Aug
$220.00
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We all write, but what does it mean to write well? Tactics and principles for planning, briefing, drafting and editing better writing. Visit the course page to find out more.

Runs Thursday 26 August, 12.30–5pm AEST (UTC+10:00), online via Zoom.

All prices include GST.

Stop. Grammar Time.
MELBOURNE
Fri 27 Aug
$350.00
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Where do commas go? And what on earth is a relative clause? Nuts-and-bolts punctuation and grammar for everyone who uses words. Visit the course page to find out more. 

Runs Friday 27 August, 9am–5.30pm, at The Good Copy, 19–21 Johnston Street, Collingwood.

All prices include GST.

Write Right
MELBOURNE
Sat 28 Aug
$275.00
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We all write, but what does it mean to write well? Tactics and principles for planning, briefing, drafting and editing better writing. Visit the course page to find out more.

Runs Saturday 28 August, 9am–1.30pm, at The Good Copy, 19–21 Johnston Street, Collingwood.

All prices include GST.

Stop. Grammar Time.
Online
Fri 3 Sep
$280.00
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Where do commas go? And what on earth is a relative clause? Nuts-and-bolts punctuation and grammar for everyone who uses words.

This Stop. Grammar Time. course will run online. The course is taught via Zoom. 

By enrolling for the course here, you’re choosing Friday 3 September, 12.30–5pm AEST, for your ‘kick-off session’ – the date you‘ll complete the first 4.5 hours of the nine-hour course. 

Before enrolling for the course, make sure that you’re also available to attend a ‘wrap-up session’ – when you’ll complete the final 4.5 hours of the course. Here are the upcoming wrap-up session dates – note that we're in Melbourne and times are in AEST (UTC+10:00)

  • Friday 10 September, 12.30–5pm AEST


Once you’ve enrolled, we’ll email you to confirm your wrap-up session date and ensure you‘re on the roll for both classes.

Please note: All prices include GST. We charge the full course fee, $280, when you book your kick-off session. 

Kick-off class on Zoom: Friday 3 September, 12.30–5pm.

Write Right
MELBOURNE
Thu 9 Sep
$275.00
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We all write, but what does it mean to write well? Tactics and principles for planning, briefing, drafting and editing better writing. Visit the course page to find out more.

Runs Thursday 9 September, 12.30–5pm, at The Good Copy, 19–21 Johnston Street, Collingwood.

All prices include GST.

Stop. Grammar Time.
MELBOURNE
Sat 18 Sep
$350.00
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Where do commas go? And what on earth is a relative clause? Nuts-and-bolts punctuation and grammar for everyone who uses words. Visit the course page to find out more. 

Runs Saturday 18 September, 9am–5.30pm, at The Good Copy, 19–21 Johnston Street, Collingwood.

All prices include GST.

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.’
Are the courses available online?
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Yes! Both Write Right and Stop. Grammar Time. are available as online courses.

Write Right is delivered online as a four-hour Zoom session. Check our calendar for the upcoming online class dates.

Stop. Grammar Time. is delivered online in two parts: First, students attend a live, two-hour kick-off class on Zoom. Dates for these kick-off sessions 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.
Can you run a course at my work?
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Yes! Click on over to our services page to find out how.
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.
I want to buy my friend an enrolment for their birthday—but I don’t know which class date suits them. What can I do?
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You can check out the digital vouchers on offer in our shop! Our Stop. Grammar Time. and Write Right vouchers can be redeemed for all upcoming classes—so you can gift one to your buddy and leave the date decision up to them.
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 The Good Copy HQ, 19–21 Johnston Street, Collingwood—but we sometimes pop up elsewhere in the metropolitan area.

We hold our Sydney classes at State Library New South Wales in Macquarie Street and Paramount Recreation Club in Surry Hills.

You can find venue details in each class’s calendar entry.
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 Dylan at school@thegoodcopy.com.au as soon as you know you can’t make it, and he’ll help you out.

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