Grammar and Punctuation

Write better. Period.

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  • Discussions Tuesdays 9-10pm ET, 4 sessions full schedule

Remember sixth grade English class? We don't either.

Get a grammar refresher and learn the rules that matter and those you can break. This course will help you navigate best grammar and style practices to produce clear, concise and engaging copy for editorial, business, or creative writing.

In this class, you will learn how to:

  • Understand the various parts of speech
  • Make sure your subjects, verbs, and objects agree
  • Ensure that punctuation serves the sentence
  • Craft a perfect sentence
  • Define exactly what style is and why it differs from style guide to style guide

By the end of class, you will have:

Training in the fundamentals of grammar to improve your current and future writing projects.

Gaylord Fields is editor, special projects at RollingStone.com. Prior to this, he was senior editor at AOL Music and a copy editor and copy chief at Rolling Stone, This Old House, Spin, and Spy. He is also a longtime writer of articles and reviews on music and popular culture. While Gaylord has a definite opinion on use of the serial comma, he saves such discussions for parties.

testimonials
  • "Gaylord was wonderful! His knowledge of the subject and ability to convey that to his students in an interesting, fun, and interactive way made each and every class completely engaging and educational. He's top notch and a gifted teacher."

    Heather Atwell

  • "Everyone needs a grammar refresher. If you're looking for a quick, painless class to remind you of the basic and very important rules, this class is for you."

    Lauren Tobin

  • "Gaylord was great! He knows the English language inside and out, and there was never a question he couldn't thoughtfully address."

    Steve Boudreault

  • "Gaylord was wonderful and his lectures were both entertaining and informative. He was knowledgeable, funny, and responsive."

    Lia Huber

  • "Gaylord was very knowledgeable, gracious, and kind. I greatly appreciated how he reviewed our assignments. For questions we got wrong, he not only marked them as such, he explained why."

    Todd Burger

  • "Gaylord knew precisely the right way of framing a grammar issue and helped make the nuances of the English language instantly clear. This is the self-editing class that everyone in media sorely needs."

    Ethan Stanislawski