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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 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 6: Padding – the wart on your prose

Course How to Handle Words

Most 'communicators' use padding and they don't even know they're doing it. If you want to...

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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 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 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 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: 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 5: Suddenly – it's a waste of space

Course How to Handle Words

Suddenly is a word that could mark you as a novice. Are you sure you need it?

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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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