Do you struggle with knowing where to put commas and colons and exclamation points? Do you get fewer “opens” on your marketing emails than you’d like? Do you worry about people on Facebook thinking you’re stupid because of punctuation mistakes?
If you’ve ever worried because your punctuation is not all that great, then this course is perfect for you. There are loads of examples to study, clear instructions (Sally struggled with this herself, so she teaches it without all the fancy jargon that only makes your head want to explode), and plenty of practice sheets and quizzes for you to work on.
WHAT ARE PEOPLE SAYING about Sally’s teaching? Well here’s what some have said about Narrative Voice that Sings, Sally’s other Udemy course:
THIS is the course that will shower you with confidence and give your voice the punch it needs.
Sally is a wealth of knowledge . . . I’m looking forward to taking more of Sally’s classes on Udemy.
Sally is a great teacher and is obviously extremely knowledgable . . . The topics move quickly, and you won’t be bored.
Sally is a very enthusiastic and involved instructor and makes the course valuable and enjoyable for everyone.
I can understand why Sally Apokedak is a sought-after teacher at writer’s conferences. First, Sally (if I may) knows her stuff. . . .
This class shows you both the science and art of writing. . . . If she produces another course, I will be sure to return!
~ Rebecca R.
The material is fun and easy to learn . . . I highly recommend any writer or aspiring writer take it to improve their writing.
And here’s what some have said about Sally’s conference classes, retreats, and online courses:
. . . thank you again for a fabulous weekend. I left encouraged and energized . . . It was a wise investment and fun.
~ Jean Wilund
We had so many wonderful comments about you and your class on our evaluations. We hope you’ll be able to join us again next summer.
Blessings, Lindy Jacobs, OCW Summer Conference Director
I hope you realize how much wisdom and knowledge you imparted during your time at the wik13 conference in Birmingham. . . .
~ Heather L. Montgomery Assistant Regional Advisor Southern Breeze SCBWI
Thank you for your incredible class. It was a valuable, valuable learning experience. . . .
Thank you so much. I got a lot out of the class and it gave me a lot to think about. I’m grateful for all the feedback.
Thank you so much for your feedback . . . throughout the course. I appreciated how much you know about this field and your willingness to share your expertise.
In Sally’s video lectures, she made me think about writing like I hadn’t before, especially the weeks about voice and theme.
~ Margo L. Dill
What this course promises:
- To teach you how to use punctuation so you can write blog posts, emails, marketing copy–whatever you write–in a more interesting and compelling way.
- What this course does not promise:
- That it will be fast and easy: the course is fast and easy, but these punctuation skills will only become second nature to you as you use them. And that takes time and practice.
- The great news is that you have a lifetime membership to this course, so you’ll have easy access, forever, to the lessons and the examples of proper punctuation.
Some questions this course answers:
- What is a serial comma?
- Do you capitalize the first word after a colon?
- Do commas and semicolons go inside quotes or outside?
- What are em dashes and how are they different from parentheses?
What are the requirements?
- Please bring a desire to learn.
- This is not a grammar course, so it would be helpful if you had a basic understanding of the English language.
- This is a course that reaches an intermediate level, but it’s fine for beginners, too: no advanced knowledge needed.
What am I going to get from this course?
- Over 14 lectures and 1 hour of content!
- Punctuate English with confidence.
- Know when to use a colon and when to use a semicolon, as well as when to use all the other American English punctuation marks.
- Know how to use commas to make your meaning clear.
- Never be embarrassed by poor punctuation again!
What is the target audience?
- ESL writers who struggle with American punctuation will benefit from this course.
American writers who have never “gotten” punctuation will gain skill and confidence.
Business persons selling to Americans on the Internet will be able to make their sales copy look more professional.
- If you are writing a scholarly article or book and you want to discover how to punctuate, annotate, and cite sources, this course is not for you.