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Overcoming Comma Splices!

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Do you have trouble understanding what a Comma Splice is, avoiding creating one, or coming up with the right ways to write the sentences instead? This class includes multiple methods including direct interaction so you master that sentencing technique.

There are free articles and videos about how to fix Comma Splices out there. Many are brilliantly entertaining and wonderfully explained. Why would you pay for this class? Good question. If you can study those presentations and you can write grammatically on a consistent basis, and you don't want to go into the complexities, there is no reason to take this class.

However, I've looked at surely all of the presentations and though I have great respect for their authors, and they do a great job, they aren't thorough. Many leave things out. Some presentations have mistakes. Some use mind-boggling language or their explanations can sound deceptively simple, when in fact, there are many, many times in reality when the punctuation choices are not or possible to make by going by those simple rules. This class covers that complexity that others don't, and approaches the teaching with a wider variety of methods.

You could go to all of presentations on the web, and adding them together, you'd get the complete picture. You might have to look up definitions for a lot of words they throw out there, and try to hold all the different bits in your head you compile together. Or, you could see it all laid out in one place in this class, presented in including audio, articles, lists with examples accompanied by the spoken versions and their alternatives, screen recording, Slideshare, video, a 25 question quiz, and practice with my feedback, with exceptions to the rule explored.

In fact, amazingly, you don't pay for any of that at all. Your fee doesn't pay me for the 25 question quiz. You don't pay for me to give feedback on your sentences you edit, and the ones you write that I correct if need be.

The only thing your fee pays me for is the hour of my direct tutoring time for interactive live video using Skype (or another method of your choice) in which you can ask questions, work out exactly what it is that has been snagging you, and go over anything that was difficult in the assignment and quiz. I'm a professional editor with the low rate of 30 dollars an hour, which I'm charging for the interactive hour. I like to keep it affordable as possible. Private tutors who are well generally charge 40 - 100 an hour. You are also paying Fedora their percentage to host the course, which makes it add up to 34.00. You can go away from it feeling confident, and return to the material any time you wish to refresh your memory.

I've taught at a university level for 10 years, and seen how many people continue to make C/S even after repeated corrections and explanation if they don't have a chance for extensive questions using the human voice, with the pauses, and ups and downs, to be able to hear what is a complete sentence. People have different reasons for having trouble with C/S and often need specialized tutoring to move past the block. Having a real live talk with a person who cares, who listens to how you speak and why you might be having trouble, might be just what you need to move forward and write with power so people can hear your ideas instead of being distracted by your mistakes.

Your Instructor

Tantra Bensko
Tantra Bensko

Tantra Bensko has taught fiction writing for five years through UCLA X Writing Program, Writers College, and her Online Writing Academy as well as teaching through Lit Demon and Villagecraft. She taught writing at FSU, Memphis State, and University of Iowa for six years; she also edits manuscripts. She obtained her MA from FSU and her MFA from the Iowa Writers Workshop.

She has books out from a variety of publishers, the latest a Slipstream novella, Equinox Mirror, from ELJ Publications, and the next due out a Science Fiction novel, Unside, from Driven Press. Her flashes, short stories and novelettes appear in magazines such as Mad Hatters Review, Unlikely Stories, Camroc Press Review, Birkensnake, Fiction International, Journal of Experimental Fiction, Zymbol, Triangulation: Parch, Holdfast, and The Fabulist, and anthologies such as Surreal South, Women Writing the Weird I and II, Ironic Fantastic, Redacted Stories, Not Somewhere Else But Here, and Strange Little Girls. Her poetry and articles are also widely published, such as in Carolina Quarterly, the Iowa Journal of Literary Studies, Entropy, and Literary Orphans.

She lives in Berkeley. She enjoys walking where ever she goes, bird songs, trees, dancing, laughing, studying the machinations behind the scenes in society, foreign arty films, friendships, and her son.

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Frequently Asked Questions

When does the course start and finish?
The course starts now and never ends! It is a self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish. However, though you are able to read and prepare and hold onto the material and return to it when you like, it is interactive. So we schedule one live video or audio session for an hour. I also check over your work in the document you email me, and suggest any necessary changes.
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 10 days and we will give you a full refund.

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