Grammar and Punctuation: 6-Session Self-Paced Course

Become a grammar guru and a punctuation pro.

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Do you feel confused about commas? Are you insecure about semicolons? Are you unsure about whether to use who or whom? This is the course for you!

Good grammar is essential for communicating effectively; poor grammar can undermine your authority as a writer. In these six straightforward lessons, you will learn the fundamentals of English grammar, find answers to your most frustrating grammar questions, and become confident about punctuation usage. By the end, your writing will become more polished, graceful, and precise.

In this course, you will learn how to:

  • Identify the parts of speech and understand how they function in a sentence
  • Identify linking verbs, transitive verbs, intransitive verbs, and helping verbs
  • Distinguish between direct and indirect objects
  • Use the words who and whom correctly
  • Make subjects and verbs agree
  • Fix sentence fragments, run-on sentences, and comma splices
  • Fix dangling and misplaced participles
  • Use commas, semicolons, and colons correctly
  • Use hyphens, en dashes, and em dashes with precision

By the end of this course, you will have:

A firm grasp of grammar fundamentals, the tools to correct common writing errors, and the ability to punctuate sentences with clarity and flair.

The self-paced course includes:

  • A video introduction from Mediabistro grammar and punctuation instructor Marisa Carroll
  • Seven instructional videos, six written lessons, six homework assignments with answer keys
  • A list of grammar resources

Marisa Carroll is the copy chief at Seventeen magazine. Prior to this, she was a staff copy editor at Harper's Bazaar and a deputy copy chief at Us Weekly. She has been an adjunct instructor of rhetoric at The College of New Jersey and holds a master's degree in communication studies from The University of Iowa. Marisa's essays about film and television have appeared in The Essential Sopranos Reader and Magill's Cinema Annual. Her favorite punctuation mark is the em dash.

  • "Marisa is a great instructor. She was incredibly patient with everyone's questions and did a great job covering a lot of information during the four-week course."

    Erika Breglia

  • "This was a fantastic class, led by an instructor who was open and honest about the inside world of copy editing. This course gave me the real-world experience that will lead to a freelance career in copy editing."

    Frances Wood