English Writing Course on Grammar and Punctuation Mastery

Achieve grammar mastery with this short English and business writing course on punctuation

Hello, and welcome to the best (well-paced, well-structured, well-presented and complete) English punctuation course on Udemy.  This course is studded with workshops, quizzes and assignments that will engrain proper punctuation directly into your fingers so you don’t have to think about it while you’re writing.  Warning, this short course, though targeted at beginning writers, is a challenge to complete!

What you’ll learn

  • Four fundamental rules of punctuation: terminate sentences with either a period or a question mark, use commas to add pauses and double quotes to enclose dialog.
  • The major exception to the four fundamental rules of punctuation; namely, terminating a sentence with an exclamation mark to make an emphatic statement..
  • Use commas to separate and introduction from a sentence, to enclose parenthetical asides, to implement lists and to separate conclusions from the sentence..
  • What is the Oxford comma and whether to include it or exclude it in your comma separated lists..
  • The proper use of comma alternatives including semicolons, parentheses, colons, dashes and slashes..
  • The proper use of less common punctuation including ellipses, braces and brackets..
  • How to specifying possession and contraction using apostrophes..
  • How to combine related words to form a compound word using hyphens..
  • The rules for writing dialog using proper punctuation..

Course Content

  • Introduction –> 4 lectures • 20min.
  • Fundamentals –> 6 lectures • 30min.
  • Comma Usage –> 5 lectures • 15min.
  • Intermission –> 1 lecture • 1min.
  • Additional Punctuation –> 5 lectures • 31min.
  • Word Modifiers –> 5 lectures • 20min.
  • Dialog –> 4 lectures • 18min.
  • Additional Material –> 1 lecture • 11min.
  • Conclusion –> 2 lectures • 18min.

English Writing Course on Grammar and Punctuation Mastery

Requirements

  • This course demonstrates punctuation using Microsoft Word 2016. Students will need access to a similar editor to follow along and complete assignments..
  • This course demonstrates copy editing your own work using the free version of the Grammarly Word plugin. Students will need to download and install the Grammarly word plugin to follow along..

Hello, and welcome to the best (well-paced, well-structured, well-presented and complete) English punctuation course on Udemy.  This course is studded with workshops, quizzes and assignments that will engrain proper punctuation directly into your fingers so you don’t have to think about it while you’re writing.  Warning, this short course, though targeted at beginning writers, is a challenge to complete!

Knowledge of proper punctuation is essential to writing grammatically correct English prose and dialog.

So, everyone must know how to use proper punctuation, right?  Wrong!

Unfortunately, existing training on English grammar and punctuation makes using proper punctuation complicated.  Until now!

I’m here to tell you that learning proper English punctuation need not be complicated nor take a long time.  In fact, I teach you how to write virtually anything using proper punctuation in the second four-minute lecture.  Since the second lecture is free to preview, you should watch it to establish a sound foundation for your future writing.  The remainder of the course expands upon the second lecture by extending and elaborating on the fundamental rules of punctuation and by providing plenty of detailed examples.

In this course, I explain everything you need to know about punctuation to be a great writer in just under two hours.

How do I accomplish this?

  1. By focusing on the simplest and most common punctuation needs of most writers.
  2. By deemphasizing the most uncommon forms of punctuation.

There are only 15 punctuation marks in the English language: period (.), question mark (?), exclamation mark (!), comma (,), double quotes (“”), apostrophe (‘), hyphen (-), parentheses (), semicolon (;), colon (:), dash (–), ellipsis (…), slash (/), braces({}) and brackets ([]).

In the first section of this course, I discuss how to write virtually anything using the first 5 punctuation marks.  By the end of the course, I explain how to use the remaining punctuation marks.

So, I explain all 15 punctuation marks while focusing on only 5.

Question: How complicated can that be?

Answer: Not complicated at all.

In this course, I discuss:

  • Fundamental rules for punctuation
  • Placing punctuation relative to word spacing
  • Comma usage
  • Oxford Comma
  • Comma Alternatives
  • Uncommon Punctuation
  • Using Apostrophes for Possession and Contraction
  • Using Hyphenation to Join Words
  • Punctuating Dialog

The course concludes with an overview of all the rules (accompanied by a downloadable rule sheet) and a workshop in which I demonstrate how to write using the rules.  Along the way, you’ll be challenged with 6 quizzes and 6 homework assignments immediately following demonstration workshops captured in Microsoft Word.  If you complete this course, you’re writing will improve dramatically due to the fact that you will fully understand English punctuation!

So, here’s what you should do:

  1. Check out the course syllabus below for an overview of what you’ll learn. 
  2. Then watch Lecture 2 for an overview of the Four Rules of Punctuation. 
  3. Conclude by enrolling in the course.

P.S. This course builds upon the information presented in my “Words and Space” course or equivalent knowledge.

I’ll see you in the classroom,

—Brian