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Punctuation ~ American English

Punctuate with Confidence!

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Do you struggle with knowing where to put commas and colons and exclamation points? Do you get fewer "opens" on your marketing emails than you'd like? Do you worry about people on Facebook thinking you're stupid because of punctuation mistakes?

If you've ever worried because your punctuation is not all that great, then this course is perfect for you. There are loads of examples to study, clear instructions (Sally struggled with this herself, so she teaches it without all the fancy jargon that only makes your head want to explode), and plenty of downloadable cheat sheets, as well as quizzes to help you grasp what you're learning.

Sally has over 1300 satisfied students on Udemy so come on in and let her help you with your punctuation.

WHAT ARE PEOPLE SAYING about this course:

Sally takes a subject that at best seems daunting (at worst, insanely boring) and makes it accessible--meaningful, even.~ Abby

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This course is a great resource for punctuation rules whether you struggle with punctuation or just need a review. ~ Cheryl

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. . . a great alternative to Strunk & White's "Elements of Style". ~ Becky

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Ms. Apokedak . . . manages to make the learning fun ~ Debbie

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. . . a fantastic overview for those who are new to English or those of us who've forgotten a little over the years. ~ Hannah

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And here's what some have said about Sally's conference classes, retreats, and online courses:

. . . thank you again for a fabulous weekend. I left encouraged and energized . . . It was a wise investment and fun.

~ Jean Wilund

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Sally,

We had so many wonderful comments about you and your class on our evaluations. We hope you'll be able to join us again next summer.

Blessings, Lindy Jacobs, OCW Summer Conference Director

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Hello Sally,

I hope you realize how much wisdom and knowledge you imparted during your time at the wik13 conference in Birmingham. . . .

~ Heather L. Montgomery Assistant Regional Advisor Southern Breeze SCBWI

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Thank you for your incredible class. It was a valuable, valuable learning experience. . . .

~ Kimberly

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Thank you so much. I got a lot out of the class and it gave me a lot to think about. I'm grateful for all the feedback.

~ Christie

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Thank you so much for your feedback . . . throughout the course. I appreciated how much you know about this field and your willingness to share your expertise.

~ Sandy

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In Sally's video lectures, she made me think about writing like I hadn't before, especially the weeks about voice and theme.

~ Margo

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What this course promises:

To teach you how to use punctuation so you can write blog posts, emails, marketing copy--whatever you write--in a more interesting and compelling way.

What this course does not promise:

That it will be fast and easy: the course is fast and easy, but these punctuation skills will only become second nature to you as you use them. And that takes time and practice.

The great news is that you have a lifetime membership to this course, so you'll have easy access, forever, to the lessons and the examples of proper punctuation.

Some questions this course answers:

  • What is a serial comma?
  • Do you capitalize the first word after a colon?
  • Do commas and semicolons go inside quotes or outside?
  • What are em dashes and how are they different from parentheses?


Your Instructor


Sally Apokedak
Sally Apokedak

Sally Apokedak is a literary agent with the Leslie H. Stobbe Literary Agency and she wades through thousands of queries from hopeful authors every year. This puts her in a great position to be able to tell authors how to write great books that will stand out, whether they're writing novels or creative nonfiction. She also teaches writers how to write fiction at conferences across the U.S.

Sally has been studying, reviewing, and marketing children's books, as well as giving writing instruction for fifteen years. As the manager of the Kidz Book Buzz blog tour she was privileged to work with best-selling and award-winning authors such as Jeanne DuPrau, Ingrid Law, and Shannon Hale.


Class Curriculum


  Get Punctuating with an American Flavor
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  End Marks
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  Semicolon
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  Colon
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  Em Dash and Parentheses
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  Ellipses
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  Apostrophes
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  Quotation Marks
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  Bonus! Discounts, downloads, and deals, oh my!
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Frequently Asked Questions


When does the course start and finish?
The course starts now and never ends! It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish.
How long do I have access to the course?
How does lifetime access sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own.
What if I am unhappy with the course?
We would never want you to be unhappy! If you are unsatisfied with your purchase, contact us in the first 30 days and we will give you a full refund.

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