National Punctuation Day: Tools, Not Rules, for Writing and Reading

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September 24, 2013 Enroll Now
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Course Overview

National Punctuation Day: Tools, Not Rules, for Writing and Reading
Originally Broadcast On:
September 24, 2013
Time Estimate:
One hour for the main presentation and questions. Sometimes presenters stay longer to answer additional questions from participants.

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To write or read without punctuation would be like trying to play tennis without a net. If humor is all about timing, then timing is all about punctuation.

In this special Webinar in honor of National Punctuation Day, we will explore why punctuation matters with the author of How to Write Short: Word Craft for Fast Times, Poynter's Roy Peter Clark.

Clark, one of the nation's top writing coaches, will show you why punctuation rules the literary world. You'll see how its use can make or break meanings of words and why timing is all important.

At Poynter's NewsU, we love the craft of writing. So we're offering this Webinar at a special National Punctuation Day rate of $9.95. Plus, we will be giving away copies of his book during the live Webinar on Sept. 24, so you want to make sure you're there and stay for the book giveaway. It's part of our National Punctuation Day Celebration.

What Will I Learn:
  • How to use punctuation as a tool, not a rule, for writing smart
  • How to develop a new way of thinking about punctuation
  • The importance of punctuation
  • How beautiful music is built around punctuation
Who Should Take this Course:

Anyone who wants to improve the quality of their reading, writing and speaking.

Course Instructor:

Roy Peter Clark

Roy Peter Clark is vice president and senior scholar at The Poynter Institute, where he has taught writing since 1979. He is the author of the book Writing Tools: 50 Essential Strategies for Every Writer and course on Poynter's NewsU The Writer's Workbench: 50 Tools You Can Use, and the book The Glamour of Grammar: A Guide to the Magic and Mystery of Practical English. His latest work includes the book Help! For Writers: 210 Solutions to the Problems Every Writer Faces, companion course on Poynter's NewsU, Help! for Writers and mobile app Help! for Writers. He is part of the one-day workshop, The Writing Process, offered through Poynter's NewsU. He also blogs and chats about writing tools on You can follow him on Twitter at @RoyPeterClark.

His newest book is How to Write Short: Word Craft for Fast Times.

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