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Grammar for writers

The grammar course is for writers who want to iron out grammar gremlins, improve their writing style and gain a deeper understanding of the rules that make for good writing; it will benefit journalists, editors, Web writers, copywriters and all creative writers.

In good writing the sentences just flow off the page. Their meaning is crystal clear, and as a reader you are drawn in to the narrative, whether it is crime fiction or political analysis. In bad writing the sentences feel clunky, and you may have to stop and re-read a sentence to figure out what the writer means. You might think the difference is all about creativity and verve, but usually it is something as basic as grammar.


Course Details:
- Modules: four Modules
- Duration: Course can be completed at own pace: between up to eight months
- Start date: At any time; applications all year round via our website

Student must complete:
- Four theoretical modules
- 80 practical writing exercises that students submit for assessment and feedback

Admission requirements:
- Must be proficient in writing
- Computer skills, e-mail and Internet access required
- No previous tertiary qualification required

Tutor for this course: Rosemary Hepozden

Course Curriculum

Parts of Speech

Includes a 50-page course manual
Reading and revision time: 4 + hours
Writing time: 7 + hours
Duration: two months
18 assignments
Topics covered:
Nouns: Give it a name
Pronouns: Take your place
Verbs: Do it, be it, feel it
Adverbs: How do you like it?
Adjectives: What's it like?
Articles: Three little words
Prepositions: State your position
Conjunctions: Getting it together!
Interjections: What Poppycock!

English Grammar for Writers Part 1

Includes a 90-page course manual
Reading and revision time: 6 + hours
Writing time: 10 + hours
Duration: two months
19 assignments
Topics covered:
Know the parts of speech
When to use A or an
Work with the past tense
Know your active from passive voice
When passive is preferable
Misplaced modifiers: only
How to use the pronouns Me - Myself - I
How to look for unnecessary adjectives
Working with expletives
100 words commonly confused

English Grammar for Writers Part 2

Includes a 110-page course manual
Reading and revision time: 6 + hours
Writing time: 10 + hours
Duration: two months
26 assignments
Topics covered:
Know the parts of speech
Correct subject-verb agreement
Create pronoun-antecedent agreement
Problems with pronouns
Use steps of comparison correctly
How to show possession using an apostrophe
Foreign words you should know and understand
Two ways to boost your speed and clarity
Which to use: who or whom, less or fewer, which or that, amount or number
Use the correct mood of the verb
Manage your modifiers

English Grammar for Writers Part 3

Includes a 100-page course manual
Reading and revision time: 6 + hours
Writing time: 10 + hours
Duration: two months
17 assignments
Topics covered:
Know the parts of speech
What is a sentence?
Three easily spotted problems with sentences
Solving sentence mayhem
How conjunctions function
Understand clauses
Sentence types: Mixing it up
Keep in line: Parallel structure
Use the comma correctly
Punctuation: 10 tricks to learn
Outdated rules and new personal habits

How does the course work?
Detailed class notes covering the content of each module are e-mailed to students, or students can download modules directly from the Student Centre online.

At the end of each module, students will be required to complete several writing exercises. Once the writing assignment has been completed, and e-mailed to the lecturer, an assessment and feedback will be sent to the student, and the module will be considered complete.

Conditions of Certification:

Students will receive an SA Writers' College Certificate upon successful completion of the course, provided they meet the following conditions:
- Students must have completed all module assignments
- Students must have attained a minimum of 50% for an exam following completion of the modules
- The course must have been completed within twelve months of registration.
- Students are expected to attain a minimum average of 50% for the course

Venues


Date: 05 May 2014
Location: Online correspondence course, Countrywide
Cost: 3795.00

Date: 19 May 2014
Location: Online correspondence course, Countrywide
Cost: 3795.00

Date: 26 May 2014
Location: Online correspondence course, Countrywide
Cost: 3795.00

Date: 02 June 2014
Location: Online correspondence course, Countrywide
Cost: 3795.00

Date: 23 June 2014
Location: Online correspondence course, Countrywide
Cost: 3795.00

Date: 30 June 2014
Location: Online correspondence course, Countrywide
Cost: 3795.00

Contact: Koos Turenhout
Company name: SA WRITERS' COLLEGE
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