Punctuation Mastery
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Punctuation Mastery

A Non-Technical Guide To Using Punctuation With Style
4.4 (3,568 ratings)
Course Ratings are calculated from individual students’ ratings and a variety of other signals, like age of rating and reliability, to ensure that they reflect course quality fairly and accurately.
22,761 students enrolled
Created by Shani Raja
Last updated 8/2016
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This course includes
  • 2.5 hours on-demand video
  • 1 downloadable resource
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
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What you'll learn
  • Learn how to apply punctuation stylishly
  • Write with more confidence and flair
  • Spruce up your reports, essays, resumes, books, blogs and articles
  • Pen and paper, or computer for taking notes and doing exercises

From the creator of one of Udemy's most popular courses, Writing With Flair: How To Become An Exceptional Writer, comes Punctuation Mastery, a non-technical guide to using commas, dashes and other types of punctuation more stylishly.

"Every once in a while, you find that one person who understands you, and teaches you exactly what you wanted to know..." -- JAYANTH S, UDEMY STUDENT

"Didn't realize punctuation could be so cool..." -- RYAN, UDEMY STUDENT

"Exactly what I needed to clear up all confusions I had about punctuation without reading through boring grammar lessons..." -- NIKKI BRUSOE, UDEMY STUDENT

PLEASE NOTE: This program is not for you if you're seeking a strict guide to formal punctuation rules, which can be obtained from any number of books and grammar experts. It offers the author's personal, often unorthodox, take on punctuation based on decades of experience in the news business. The program adopts mostly a non-technical, intuitive approach to the subject with the aim, above all, of fostering clear and elegant writing that is easy (and pleasurable) for readers to navigate. 

Are you among the growing army of people seeking to make a mark on the world by writing an outstanding book or creating a magnificent blog read by thousands?

If so, you will find it easier to make an impact once you discover how to use punctuation more stylishly.

Conversely, if you don't yet know how to use commas, colons, semi-colons, hyphens, apostrophes and dashes with a certain kind of flair, you may never be able to weave magic with your words.

While studying all aspects of grammar in a formal setting is highly recommended, a strictly technical approach to punctuation can often leave students bored and uninspired.   

That's why, here, you will find a more intuitive and flexible approach: one that focuses exclusively on the purpose of communicating powerfully and beautifully, rather than on just blindly following rules. 

The goal is to help make your writing more effective, while steering clear of the dense jungle of jargon that can destroy your enthusiasm.   

"One of the best courses I have ever taken..." -- RICHARD HAKE, UDEMY STUDENT

"Good for any writer looking to work on their clarity and form..." -- BRENDAN TERRY, UDEMY STUDENT

"Will agonize less when editing..." -- JOAN SALANITRI, UDEMY STUDENT

"Puts you behind the steering wheel..." -- CHRIS HEMMES, UDEMY STUDENT

"Take this course if you want to write like a pro..." -- AARON LEBLANC, UDEMY STUDENT

"Thought I knew how to effectively use punctuation..." -- IGOR MILOSAVLJEVIC, UDEMY STUDENT

"Covers just about everything..." -- KNOWLEDGE GATHERING, UDEMY STUDENT

"Will now write with more confidence..." -- DEVON HALL, UDEMY STUDENT

"Clarified a lot of questions..." -- ARIEL JACOBY, UDEMY STUDENT

"One of those people whose products I don't even think about buying. I just buy them..." -- IVAN JURAS, UDEMY STUDENT

So, if you spend ages wondering whether a comma should go here or there, and then doubt yourself straight afterwards because of all the complex rules around comma placement... Or, if you frequently end up with a random mess of semi-colons littering the page and distracting from your message... Or, if you don't yet know how to use a dash or colon to create dramatic tension in your writing....

Then this course, developed by someone who has written edited for top news organisations, including The Wall Street Journal, should help put you on a firmer footing.

To reiterate, this course is NOT for those interested in a "purist" approach to punctuation based on traditional grammar rules. There is certainly a place for such an approach, and you can, if you want, find it elsewhere. The program is for nonfiction writers seeking a more intuitive and commonsense guide to punctuation, as well as for those interested in learning about some of its more hidden aspects.

Some of the best professional writers don't treat punctuation as a set of rigid rules to obediently follow. They see it, rather, as a tool for making their communication more engaging and captivating. 

Your school and college tutors may have discussed punctuation in a largely jargon-laden way that may have left you bored or mystified. You may even dread going back to the subject.

This course steers clear of all that. By the end, you may wonder why nobody told you punctuation could be so interesting.

You'll discover, for instance, that a comma doesn't just help create useful pauses in a sentence, but that it can be a mighty weapon letting you express your ideas with more clarity and gracefulness. You'll discover that colons don't just give you a neat way of introducing lists; they can be used to heighten drama and anticipation.

In fact, you'll come to see that each little symbol that you thought was so mundane has its own unique power to create special effects right across your writing.

Who this course is for:
  • Anyone unsure of how to use punctuation
  • Anyone who wants to deepen their understanding of punctuation
  • Marketers, salespeople, communications professionals
  • Writers and journalists
  • Students
Course content
Expand all 37 lectures 02:35:01
+ Why Punctuation Matters
2 lectures 10:04

An overview of the course

Preview 04:16

Why you need to take punctuation seriously

Punctuation: Why Bother?
+ Clever Commas
6 lectures 30:48

How commas can be used to sharpen your meaning and prevent misunderstanding

Commas For Clarity

How commas can make your points easier to grasp

Preview 03:42

How commas can add a touch of elegance to your prose

Commas To Add Elegance

How commas can be used to extend a point you are making

Commas To Extend A Point

How commas can help you insert points within points

Commas To Insert A Point

Test your knowledge of commas

+ Comely Colons
4 lectures 12:23

How colons can help draw attention to an upcoming list of items

Colons To Introduce Lists

How colons can be used to split ideas and answer one thought with another

Colons To Answer A Thought

How colons can be used to create drama in your writing

Colons To Create Anticipation

Test your knoweldge of colons

+ Suave Semi-Colons
3 lectures 13:09

How semi-colons can be used to make lists neater

Preview 05:21

How semi-colons can be used to gracefully complete thoughts

Semi-Colons To Complete Thoughts

Test your knowledge of semi-colons

+ Exciting Exclamations
2 lectures 06:07

The various uses of exclamation marks

The Function Of Exclamation Marks

Test your knowledge of exclamation marks

+ Killer Quote Marks
4 lectures 19:58

How and when to use quote marks

Quote Marks (Or Inverted Commas) For Speech

How to use quote marks for sarcasm and colloquial expressions

Other Uses For Quote Marks

Quote marks to avoid

Dangers Of Quote Marks

Test your knowledge of quote marks

+ Ace Apostrophes
3 lectures 10:20

Basic uses of apostrophes

How To Use Apostrophes

How to use apostrophes to sound less stiff

Apostrophes To Sound Less Formal

Test your knowledge of apostrophes

+ Boring Brackets
3 lectures 10:02

Why you should be wary of using brackets

Why Brackets Aren't So Cool

Where brackets can be useful

Brackets To Aid Comprehension

Test your knowledge of brackets

+ Daring Dashes
4 lectures 14:20

How dashes can be used to add some excitement to your writing

Dashes To Add Drama

How dashes can be useful in drawing attention to something

Dashes For Definition & Significance

How dashes can prevent readers getting confused

Dashes To Prevent Getting Lost

Test your knowledge of dashes

+ Handy Hyphens
4 lectures 13:29

Why using hyphens can be complicated

Hyphens Can Be Tricky

How hyphens can prevent misunderstanding

Hyphens To Prevent Confusion

How hyphens can be used to help readers grasp ideas more quickly

Hyphens To Quicken Comprehension

Test your knowledge of hyphens