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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 6: Dashes, brackets and ellipses – life in the afterthought

Course How to Handle Punctuation

This unit is a great example of why the English language can't be governed by rules. ...

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Unit 2: Adverbs – the writer's road to hell

Course How to Handle Words

Adverbs are the nightmare that writers don't want to have. Learn how to control them. ...

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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 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 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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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 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 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: Clichés – your writing done by other people

Course How to Handle Words

There are good reasons why dictionaries call clichés tired, trite and hackneyed. ...

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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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