Mastering Punctuation Course

Price: NZ$ 345 / £ 175 / R 4495


Mastering Punctuation Course

Improve Your Punctuation

Master the rules of English punctuation

The Mastering Punctuation Course is for people who need to write at work, but who worry that their punctuation is making it hard for readers to understand them. If you don’t know the difference between hyphens and dashes, colons and semi-colons, this course can change that.

With the help of your personal tutor, work through the rules of English punctuation and complete several writing tasks aimed at cementing your new-found knowledge. You’ll be writing with confidence in no time!

The Mastering Punctuation Course Gives You...

Expert, Individual Feedback

Get prompt, honest, detailed feedback on every assignment from a professional writer. We focus on your unique writing strengths.

No Peer Reviews!

You will only be assessed by your tutor, an expert in their field. No more guessing and wondering how to write; you'll be guided line by line.

No Automated Marking

We use traditional methods of assessing work, as editors at publishing houses would. No generic feedback!

A Flexible Schedule

Work wherever and whenever you want to. You can easily fit our courses around work and other commitments.

Relevant, Usable Content

Easy-to-digest course notes that capture a lifetime of writing experience, ready for you to apply to your own writing.

Ongoing Assessment

Your writing is assessed continuously as your course progresses.

Give Your Writing a Makeover With This Focused Writing Course

Tame your sentences by using the right punctuation marks in the right places

This two-month course puts theory into practice as you complete several assignments on punctuation and two longer essays.

With your personal tutor to guide and support you through the modules, you will learn the correct use of:

  • capital letters
  • full stops
  • the comma
  • the semi-colon
  • the colon
  • brackets
  • the hyphen
  • the dash
  • exclamation marks and question marks
  • inverted commas

'I have only good things to say about this college and will recommend it to anyone who will listen. Best service from any correspondence college I have used so far.'

Anja Theron, Mastering Punctuation Course

Course Overview

Start your course at any time – applications open all year round.


Price includes GST/VAT

Other currencies will be converted at time of invoice



The assignments vary in length.



These modules include around 60 pages of course notes.



Work at your own pace – up to a maximum of two months.


Working with an individual tutor means you can start the course at any time.


Basic writing skills are essential. Computer skills, e-mail and Internet access required. No previous tertiary qualification required.

Creative Writing Course tutor at The Writers College Andrew Salmon

Tutor for this course

Andrew Salomon

Andrew Salomon is an award-winning author. His debut novel Tokoloshe Song was shortlisted for the Terry Pratchett First Novel Award.

Additionally, his short fiction has been shortlisted for the Commonwealth Short Story Prize. He has also received the PEN Literary Award for African Fiction and the Short.Sharp.Stories Award.

Andrew is the author of the young adult thrillers The Chrysalis and Wonderbear. His latest novel is the dark fantasy thriller The Equilibrist.

Andrew tutors several courses at The Writers College, including the Write a Novel Course, the Advanced Novel Writing Course and the Advanced Short Story Writing Course.

Course Curriculum

Module 1

Understanding the Basic Rules of Punctuation

  • The function of punctuation
  • Capital letters
  • The full stop
  • The comma
  • The semi-colon
  • The colon
  • Brackets
  • The dash
  • The hyphen
  • Exclamation marks and question marks
  • The apostrophe
  • Inverted commas
  • Assignment: Ten exercises covering the rules of punctuation


Module 2

Punctuation in Practice: Part 1

  • How to punctuate direct speech in fiction and quotations in non-fiction
  • How to punctuate titles
  • Assignment: 500-word essay


Module 3

Punctuation in Practice: Part 2

  • How to punctuate letters
  • How to punctuate lists
  • Assignment: 500-word essay


What Our Students Say

Petra ColemanMastering Punctuation Course
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I found this course both challenging and exciting, causing me to excel in ways I never would have dreamed. I found Andrew easy to communicate with and very friendly. I was impressed to see my marked assignments returned to me so quickly – often the very next day after I had sent them. My experience with the college was wonderful. One thing that particularly impressed me was the way they just took me as I was, considering that I am blind.
Cecilie McKenzieMastering Punctuation Course
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I found a new window to create stories and to share them, with confidence, with my family. My tutor was warm and encouraging whilst delivering constructive feedback.
Anja TheronMastering Punctuation Course
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I had a lot of fun with this course. I learnt so much and am sure it will improve my writing. The tutor was very encouraging, quick with replying and always positive. I have only good things to say about this college and will recommend it to anyone who will listen. Best service from any correspondence college I have used so far.
Susan PietersMastering Punctuation Course
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Quick and thorough feedback. Very supportive and his knowledge of the course material is excellent. I learned so much and feel much more comfortable with my knowledge of punctuation. He is really a asset as a tutor to the College.
Susan StentMastering Punctuation Course
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I really enjoyed this course and will be enrolling in another course shortly. Enjoyable, and a great tutor.

Get These Additional Benefits

Lifetime Course Access

Benefit from free lifetime access to future course updates and access to our writing resources.

Join a Community of Writers

You will have access to our friendly Facebook community, daily writing tips and writing inspiration.

500+ Bonus Articles on Our Blog

A superb, constantly updated resource with articles on writing and interviews with writers.

Work at Your Own Pace

Our courses work around you. You can pace your course around your busy life.

Work Opportunities

Top students are invited to join our writers and editors for hire service.

Be the First to Know About Writing Competitions

We'll help you keep up to date with the latest competition announcements

Risk-Free 100% Money-Back Guarantee

We are so confident that you will love your course that if you’re not 100% satisfied with the quality of our training, simply ask for a refund within 30 days.

Complete the Application Form to Enrol on the Mastering Punctuation Course

You will receive an approval email and invoice within one working day.

Questions? We've Got Answers

Detailed course notes covering the content of the module will be emailed to you. At the end of the module, you will be required to complete several writing exercises. Once a writing assignment has been completed and emailed to your tutor, you will receive an assessment and feedback, and the module will be considered complete.

Absolutely. You have direct communication with your tutor for the duration of the course. The more questions you ask, the more you will get out of the course.

You will get lifetime access to the course, and you’ll benefit from all future updates and improvements to the course.

For the majority of our courses, only your tutor will see your work. Your work will remain completely private unless you get it published. In the journalism courses, your work might be published in the public domain, but you do have the final say as to whether or not it is published.

You will receive a Writers College Certificate upon successful completion of the course, provided you meet the following conditions: 

  • You must have completed all writing assignments.
  • The course must have been completed within two months of registration.
  • A minimum average of 50% must be achieved.
  • Basic writing skills are essential.
  • Basic computer skills, as well as email and Internet access are required.
  • No previous tertiary qualification is required.

Because you will work with an individual tutor, you can apply for a course and start as soon as you want to. There are no specific start dates as would be the case with a traditional college.

An application is usually approved within one working day. Once we see proof of payment, your course will start.

You could be starting your course today!

  • Reading time: 4 hours
  • Writing time: 8 hours

Once your application has been approved, you will receive notice of approval and an invoice via email. As soon as we see proof of payment, you will receive the first module. We will also send you your tutor’s email address and your login details. Your tutor will also be in touch to welcome you.

Any work you create on our courses is owned by you. We will never make a claim to anything you produce. We follow the rule that copyright subsists with the creator (you).

'Quick and thorough feedback. Very supportive and his knowledge of the course material is excellent. I learned so much and feel much more comfortable with my knowledge of punctuation. He is really a asset as a tutor to the College.'

Susan Pieters, Mastering Punctuation Course

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