Grammar and Punctuation

Susan McKerihan

Saturday 23 July 2022, 10am-4pm

Full Price: $210
Member: $155
Conc Member: $135

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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
  • punctuation.

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:

  1. An understanding of the basic terms and concepts of English grammar.
  2. The ability to recognise and fix the most common grammatical mistakes.
  3. Greater confidence when writing, through knowing how to manage the tools that create meaning in our language.

Participant requirements

Please read our FAQ before enrolling.

Pen and paper, or fully charged device.

If you are feeling unwell and experiencing any COVID-related symptoms on the day of the course, you must stay at home and contact us to let us know. As a participant in this course, you will be required to follow all COVID safety measures in place by Writing NSW to ensure the health and wellbeing of our community.

If you have questions about this course and/or COVID-safe guidelines, please contact us.

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