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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: 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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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 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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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 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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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 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 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 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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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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