Grammar and Punctuation
Saturday 23 July 2022, 10am-4pm
Full Price: $210
Conc Member: $135
Participants in face to face courses must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and must comply with any other precautionary measures Writing NSW puts in place.
We all ‘know’ grammar: we use it instinctively every time we speak or write. But from the 1970s, grammar was no longer formally taught in most Australian schools, and as a result, many people struggle to understand how the language works.
A knowledge of grammar can help you manage the mechanics and nuances of writing. So, whether you write creatively or as part of a business or technical role, understanding the basics of grammar will give you confidence as a writer.
Don’t be daunted by those mysterious terms ‘subject’, ‘object’, ‘verb’, ‘active/passive voice’, and ‘semi-colon’. The concepts are easy to grasp when presented through real-life examples, and you will gain a powerful tool for organising your words and sentences.
This one-day workshop introduces the fundamental elements of grammar and explains how they work in real life. It covers these grammatical features and principles:
- the eight parts of speech and their functions
- phrases, clauses and sentences
- verbs, including tense, mood, voice, participles, auxiliaries
We will also examine the most common areas of difficulty, as well as the language ‘myths’ that are often (wrongly) assumed to be non-negotiable rules.
Through discussion and written exercises, you will gain confidence in your ability to write and to make choices in language and style. And there’s a side benefit for anyone who’s trying to learn a foreign language!
Is this course right for you? Read our FAQ >
This workshop takes place at Writing NSW in Sydney.
Expected learning outcomes
Participants will gain:
- An understanding of the basic terms and concepts of English grammar.
- The ability to recognise and fix the most common grammatical mistakes.
- Greater confidence when writing, through knowing how to manage the tools that create meaning in our language.
Please read our FAQ before enrolling.
Pen and paper, or fully charged device.
If you have questions about this course and/or COVID-safe guidelines, please contact us.
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About the tutor
Susan McKerihan spent 20 years as the plain English editor at PriceWaterhouseCoopers, helping consultants in all technical and specialist areas to write clear and concise reports. She now has her own business training, coaching and advising business people on how to improve the style and impact of their written work. She has a Master’s in […]