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Online Writing Courses

Our online writing courses will teach you how to be a better writer and improve your chances of becoming a published author.

Unit 8: Question marks, exclamation marks and capitals

Course How to Handle Punctuation

Question marks for questions; exclamation marks for exclamations. What could be simpler! ...

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Unit 9: Bullet points and more on apostrophes

Course How to Handle Punctuation

More tommyrot is spoken about bullet-point rules than about any other punctuation. ...

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Unit 8: Small words that come with warnings

Course How to Handle Words

You'll hardly notice they're on the page, but they're a threat to your writing style. ...

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Unit 9: Six words you shouldn't confuse

Course How to Handle Words

If you confuse these you'll confuse your reader — and confused readers are the ones you lo...

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Unit 5: Colons, periods and full stops – driving you dotty

Course How to Handle Punctuation

They're just tiny dots. What could be simpler than that? But they have more uses than you ...

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FREE Unit 1: Tautology – a big word for wasted words

Course How to Handle Words

Tautology begins with taut, but it's not. It'll make your writing sad and sloppy.

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Unit 10: Hyphens – the monsters under the bed

Course How to Handle Punctuation

Someone said: "if you take hyphens seriously you will surely go mad." It's true.

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FREE Unit 1: Possessive apostrophes - exorcising the demons

Course How to Handle Punctuation

Don't be afraid of them. It could be that the problem lies in the way you were taught. ...

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Unit 10: And and But – the great grammar lie!

Course How to Handle Words

Teachers have said for decades that you can't start a sentence with these – but you can. ...

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Bureaubabble

Fight the dark forces of government and corporate language one word at a time.

Bureaubabble #7: current

Very useful word, current; if you’re an electrician.If you’re a politician it’s just suspicious (it's a word like however, which they use to fill in time while they buy some wriggle room) and if you’re anyone else… well, it’s...

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What are you doing at the weekend?

Or should that be on the weekend? Do yourself a favour and don't think about it. If you do it'll only spoil your weekend. If you don't believe me try reading some of the painful debate that goes on about this daft questio...

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