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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? And what on earth is a relative clause? Nuts-and-bolts punctuation and grammar for everyone who uses words.

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Write Right

We all write, but what does it mean to write well? Tactics and principles for planning, briefing, drafting and editing better writing.

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Calendar

Write Right
MEL
Half-day class
26 October
$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 26 October, 1–5pm, at The Good Copy, 19–21 Johnston Street, Collingwood.

All prices include GST.

Stop. Grammar Time.
MEL
One-day class
16 November
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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 16 November, 9am–5.30pm, at The Good Copy, 19–21 Johnston Street, Collingwood.

All prices include GST.

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Write Right
MEL
Half-day class
17 November
$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 17 November, 9.30am–1.30pm, at The Good Copy, 19–21 Johnston Street, Collingwood.

All prices include GST.

Stop. Grammar Time.
MEL
One-day class
23 November
$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 23 November, 9am–5.30pm, at The Good Copy, 19–21 Johnston Street, Collingwood.

All prices include GST.

Write Right
SYD
Half-day class
30 November
$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 30 November, 1–5pm, at Academy Xi, 48 Druitt Street, Sydney.

All prices include GST.

Stop. Grammar Time.
SYD
One-day class
1 December
$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 1 December, 9am–5.30pm, at the Walkley Foundation, 245 Chalmers Street, Redfern.

MEAA member? 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
7 December
$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 7 December, 1–5pm, at The Good Copy, 19–21 Johnston Street, Collingwood.

All prices include GST.

Stop. Grammar Time.
MEL
One-day class
8 December
$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 8 December, 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.’
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. The best kind of day! Seriously, though, one of the main reasons we run one-day classes is to offer an option for people who can’t take two days 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.
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 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 hold our Sydney classes at a couple of venues around the inner city; we’ll list the 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 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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