ONLINE WORKSHOP: The Nuts and Bolts of Writing: Grammar, Syntax, Punctuation, and Construction

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A portrait of Abigail Nathan
06 February 2021 - 10:00 to 4:00 PM
Abigail Nathan
A lot of writing “rules” seem so restrictive that by the time you have applied them all, your story feels flat. Guidelines such as “write what you know” or “show don’t tell” can sound meaningless when you try to apply them to your own work. This course demystifies some of the common writing jargon and provides tips and tricks to help you edit your own manuscript and bring your story to life.

This session will take place online, via Writers Victoria’s online platform.

You will learn how to:

  • Trust your reader and avoid unnecessary details and overwriting.

  • Identify and eliminate filter words and repetition.

  • Recognise show don’t tell (and when it’s OK to tell).

  • Avoid misplaced modifiers and dangling participles.

  • Find and assess adjectives and adverbs (they’re not all bad).


About Abigail Nathan

Abigail Nathan set up Bothersome Words in 2004 and has edited for various Australian publishing houses, including HarperCollins, Penguin Random House, Hachette and Harlequin; UK publishers including Gollancz, Jo Fletcher Books and Orion; and a small press in the USA. She also works regularly with emerging and self-publishing writers — mentoring and helping them to develop their work. She can be found online at and on Twitter and Facebook @BothersomeWords.

Not a Member?

If you’re purchasing a full price workshop at $215, consider a full price one-year membership ($75) plus member-priced workshop ($155) will cost just $230 and give you discounts on all our services plus six free copies of ‘The Victorian Writer’ magazine.


And if you have a concession card, a one-year membership ($55) plus member-concession workshop ($135) will cost you only $190.


Phone: 90947855
Concession $ 135.00
Member $ 155.00
Non-member $ 215.00
Donation $ 0.00

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