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

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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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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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 2: Possessive pronouns - not easy but essential

Course How to Handle Punctuation

What's the big deal with possessive pronouns, anyway? And what d'you mean: possessive? ...

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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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Unit 3: The comma – workhorse of the punctuation world

Course How to Handle Punctuation

“The use of commas cannot be learned by rule,” said Sir Ernest Gowers. And oh boy, was he ...

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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 4: Beware starting with 'ing' words

Course How to Handle Words

This is the trap that snares most aspiring writers. Recognise it before you go on. ...

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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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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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