A Grammar Refresher

For Writers & Editors

Write Cleanly

Strengthen your writing and storytelling with proper grammar.

A Grammar Lion Course, In Partnership With The Write Life


Strengthen Your Writing

Whether you're writing a book, an article, an essay or a pitch, you know how important it is for your writing to be clean and error-free.

Stray commas and misused words simply don't inspire confidence. 

If you want to be taken seriously as a writer, 
you NEED correct grammar.

That's where A Grammar Refresher comes in. This premiere course is offered by Grammar Lion, in partnership with The Write Life.

Upon completion of this course, you'll be able to...


Edit Your Work

Use your understanding of grammar to spot errors and self-edit.

Gain Trust

Inspire your editor and readers to have confidence in you.

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When is this course available for enrollment?

You can enroll anytime! A Grammar Refresher is available to start whenever is convenient for you. Students join every day, so you'll be in good company no matter when you start.

How long do I have to complete the course?

You have 12 weeks to complete the course. Within those 12 weeks, you can work as slow or as fast as you'd like. Feel free to go at your own pace!

What if I have a question during the course? How do I ask it?

One of the great parts of this course is your access to the instructor. You can ask questions in the discussion forum or in our private Facebook group. Or, if you prefer, you can also email Ellen privately anytime. She'll answer any questions you have, which means this course is truly tailored for you.

How quickly does Ellen typically respond?

Within one weekday! Ellen's turn-around is quick.

What types of questions can I ask?

Anything grammar-related. Here's a preview of some course topics you might ask questions about: parts of speech, homophones, apostrophes, possessives, sentence fragments, pronouns, active vs. passive voice, pronouns, and more.

Can I ask questions about my own writing?

You're invited to ask questions about your own writing that relate directly to the course curriculum. Personal editing generally goes beyond the scope of the course. 

Can I engage with other students?

Sure! The course includes a discussion forum. Some students prefer to sign up as a learning team — coworkers, spouses, parent/child, or friends — so they can engage with one another while taking the course. We also offer a private Facebook group you'll be invited to join when you enroll.

What if I prefer not to participate in discussions?

If you'd like to be a quiet observer, that's perfectly fine! You can complete your lessons independently without engaging in course discussion. If you'd like to ask Ellen questions privately instead, simply email her.

Is this course a good fit for ESL students?

It's a fit for anyone who's comfortable with spoken and written English. If you can read at an eighth-grade level, then this course will benefit you. If you find it difficult to understand these questions and answers, you might instead consider a course that's geared toward ESL learners. If you're not sure about your skills, feel free to email Ellen to explore this question.

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 within the first seven days and we'll provide you with a refund.

When I'm done with this course, what should I expect to have gained?

When you've completed this course successfully, you'll be equipped with the English grammar skills that good writing demands. You'll be able to apply what you've learned to your everyday writing, and you'll approach writing with greater confidence. 

You'll also be prepared to edit your work to make significant improvements, and you'll be able to recognize structural strengths and weaknesses in other people's writing, too.

Is this course from The Write Life or Grammar Lion?

This is a Grammar Lion course taught by instructor Ellen Feld. The Write Life partnered with Ellen to bring you this course because we believe in it! Proper grammar is so essential to writing well. 

While this course belongs to Grammar Lion, The Write Life also earns when you enroll. Selling courses like this helps us continue to bring our community tons of helpful, free advice on writing, freelancing and publishing. 

What if I have questions before purchasing?

We're happy to help! We want to ensure this is a good fit for you. 

You can email The Write Life team with questions at team@thewritelife.com. Or email instructor Ellen Feld at ellen@grammar-lion.com. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Course Curriculum

We start the course by introducing you to the eight parts of speech, including verbs, nouns, pronouns, adjectives and more. This first chapter lays the foundation for the rest of the course.

Chapter 1: Parts of Speech

Meet Your Instructor

Hello! I'm your instructor, Ellen Feld. I've been an online grammar instructor for more than 16 years and have taught more than 43,000 students.

I've taught college courses online and in the traditional classroom, including creative writing, developmental writing and English composition.

I've also worked as a newspaper reporter and copy chief, personal essayist, and writing coach. I hold a master's degree in writing from the John Hopkins University.

One of my favorite parts of teaching this course is interacting online with students. I'm here to answer all your questions!

Is this course right for you?

  • Is it important to you that your writing be clean and error-free?

  • Do you wish you had more confidence when it comes to grammar?

  • Would you like to be able to edit your own work?

  • Are you decent at grammar but want to take it up a notch?

    If you answered YES to any of these questions, you would benefit from A Grammar Refresher.
Is it lay or lie? Passed or past? Their or there? It's easy to confuse and misuse words like these. In this chapter, you'll learn to recognize and correctly use commonly mixed-up words.

Chapter 2: Mixed-Up Words

The apostrophe is a complex punctuation mark! You'll master how to use it to create both contractions and possessives, so your writing is clean.

Chapter 3: Contractions and Possessives

Subjects and predicates are the foundation of sentence structure, two ingredients that make a sentence complete. You'll learn to recognize these elements and use them correctly to end or connect complete thoughts.

Chapter 4: Subjects and Predicates

Learn to spot sentence fragments, or incomplete sentences, and rework them into complete sentences. We'll discuss when fragments leave the reader with unanswered questions, and when it makes sense to use them.

Chapter 5: Sentence Fragments

By the end of this chapter, you'll be able to identify run-on sentences, as well as how to correct them so your prose is easy to understand. We'll review several options for punctuation that offer possible fixes.

Chapter 6: Run-On Sentences

Good writing revolves around verbs. We'll get familiar with standard verb forms in simple and complex tenses. You'll also learn about irregular verbs, ones that don't follow the typical rules.

Chapter 7: Standard Verb Forms

Chapter 8: Pronouns

Pronouns have so many forms, and they perform a surprising number of jobs. We'll cover personal pronouns, compounds and partners, and more.

Chapter 9: Agreement

How do you ensure agreement between subjects and verbs, pronouns and antecedents? We'll review rules that will help you create harmony between different parts of your sentences. 

Chapter 10: Shifts in Person, Tense and Structure

Maintaining consistency in person, tense and structure is essential for clear writing. You'll practice recognizing and fixing inconsistencies so your reader understands exactly what you mean. 
We'll cover tips for developing clear, concise and logical sentences, so the reader can follow your story with ease. This includes avoiding misplaced modifiers, fixing ambiguous pronouns and avoiding unnecessary wordiness.

Chapter 11: Clarity, Concision, Diction, and Logic

Master basic rules of capitalization and punctuation, including when to capitalize and, just as importantly, when not to. We'll also cover some editing strategies you can apply to your work.

Chapter 12: Capitalization and Punctuation


12 Chapters that explore punctuation, pronouns, verbs, possessives — everything you need to write well.

Personalized Help from instructor Ellen Feld, who answers your specific questions through discussion boards or email. 

24 Quizzes so you can self-assess your skills throughout the course and ensure you can apply what you learn.

Discussion Forum and Private Facebook Group, where you can engage with and learn from other students.

What's included:

Flexible Learning so you can digest the material at whatever pace works best for you. You'll have access to the course for 12 weeks.

What Students Say

"The best part of the course was the discussion section. The teacher responded immediately to discussion questions with thoughtful, detailed answers. She was incredible! It was extremely helpful to be able to ask her to clarify troubling areas, or explain style differences."  - J.D.

"This has been, by far, the most valuable course to me, both educationally and personally. Your lessons and the added guidance have helped me to feel more confident about the grammar I use when I talk and write. This student very much appreciates it! Thank you!"   - Sandy