Do any of the following statements apply to you?

  • I missed out on learning English grammar.
  • On occasions I am embarrassed that I know so little about English grammar, especially when my colleagues and friends know it well because they studied it at school in another country.
  • My sentences sound right, but I want to know why.
  • I once attended a writing course, but I struggled with the grammar terminology the presenter and the course notes used.
  • I don’t always understand feedback on my writing or grasp the contents of my style guide.
  • I feel ill-equipped to discuss and make sensible decisions on sentence structure.
  • I have read that good writing requires conciseness and clarity. Perhaps English grammar can help me meet these two requirements.
  • Someone told me that commas were about breathing, yet when I look up the definition of “comma” it says that commas are about grammar and meaning. I want to know more about the relationship between grammar and commas.
  • I have heard that English grammar forbids a split infinitive, a conjunction at the beginning of a sentence, a preposition at the end of a sentence, and the same word twice or more in one sentence. I don’t see how advice like this helps. I want more.
  • I don’t want to know everything about English grammar, only the essential parts that will improve my writing and editing.
  • I need help so I can work out things for myself and establish myself as a competent writer and editor.

If any of this sounds like you, you are not alone. Fortunately, help is at hand. Essential Grammar for Writers and Editors is one of a number of popular writing courses offered by the Centre for Continuing Education.

Although it is not a writing course in name, it is a writing course in content. Take what you learn in this course and put it to immediate effect. Build on it every time you write and edit. Build on it as you pursue your professional development goals. Build on it as you make writing one of your strengths.

Read more and enrol at: https://cce.anu.edu.au/our-courses/professional-development/writing.aspx#category-277727