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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 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 7: Punctuating dialogue – the nightmare that isn’t

Course How to Handle Punctuation

Aspiring writers are in awe of dialogue punctuation, and the evidence suggests they have g...

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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 4: Semicolons – the punctuation everyone fears

Course How to Handle Punctuation

Do you avoid semicolons because you're afraid of them? That's the usual reason.

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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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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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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: 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 7: He began to – but he wished he hadn't

Course How to Handle Words

Beginning to and starting to... when you crack this one you're on the road to better writi...

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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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