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Grammar for Writers (English First Language)


Can’t get your subject and verb to agree? Getting tense about your tenses? You may need to revisit the rules of English grammar.

Our 6-month online grammar course is perfect for any writer whose first language is English, whether you are a business manager or a creative writer starting out. With guidance and feedback from a professional editor, learn how to:

  1. correct faulty grammar,
  2. master the rules,
  3. streamline your writing,
  4. clarify your message, and
  5. gain confidence in your writing.

Challenging and practical, the course aims to untangle the rules in 80 writing assignments so you can identify and eliminate writing errors you may have been making for years.



“Rosemary Hepozden was excellent, and provided positive reinforcement all the way and had an answer to all of my random queries.”

Craig Goug, Grammar for Writers



Course Details:


Students must complete:


Admission Requirements:

  • Cost: $ 895.00 GST inclusive
  • Duration: Course can be completed at own pace: between four and six months
  • Start date: At any time; applications all year round via our website
  • Modules: 4 Modules over 340 pages
  • 80 writing assignments marked by your tutor
  • Basic writing skills are essential
  • Computer skills, e-mail and Internet access required
  • No previous tertiary qualification required



Tutor for this course:

Rosemary Hep÷zden
Rosemary Hepözden has three decades of editing, writing and teaching experience.
As an editor, she has worked for book publishers Fitzhenry & Whiteside, Crabtree Publishing and Hodder Moa Beckett. She also has 14 years’ experience as an editor, sub-editor, proofreader and staff writer for a range of magazines.
Between 2006 and 2011, she taught several courses at the University of Auckland’s Centre for Continuing Education, including Working With Words (an introduction to editing and proofreading) and Getting to Grips with Grammar.
Rosemary is also the author of four nonfiction books in New Zealand. She also tutors the Copy-editing and Proofreading course. Read more here.

Course Curriculum

Introduction: Parts of Speech

  • Includes a 50-page course manual
  • Reading and revision time: 4 + hours
  • Writing time: 7 + hours
  • 18 assignments
Some of the topics covered:
  • Nouns: Give it a name
  • Pronouns: Take your place
  • Verbs: Do it, be it, feel it
  • Adverbs: How do you like it?
  • Adjectives: What's it like?
  • Articles: Three little words
  • Prepositions: State your position

English Grammar for Writers Part 1

  • Includes a 90-page course manual
  • Reading and revision time: 6 + hours
  • Writing time: 10 + hours
  • 19 assignments
Some of the topics covered:
  • When to use A or an
  • Work with the past tense
  • Know your active from passive voice
  • 100 words commonly confused

English Grammar for Writers Part 2

  • Includes a 110-page course manual
  • Reading and revision time: 6 + hours
  • Writing time: 10 + hours
  • 26 assignments
 Some of the topics covered:
  • Correct subject-verb agreement
  • Create pronoun-antecedent agreement
  • Which to use: who or whom, less or fewer, which or that, amount or number
  • Use the correct mood of the verb
  • Manage your modifiers

English Grammar for Writers Part 3

  • Includes a 100-page course manual
  • Reading and revision time: 6 + hours
  • Writing time: 10 + hours
  • 17 assignments
Some of the topics covered:
  • Three easily spotted problems with sentences
  • Solving sentence mayhem
  • How conjunctions function
  • Understand clauses
  • Keep in line: Parallel structure
  • Punctuation: 10 tricks to learn


“Rosemary is a wonderful lecturer. Excellent content, enjoyed the course.”

Karen de Waal, Grammar for Writers



How does the course work?


Detailed class notes covering the content of each part are e-mailed to students.

At the end of each part, students will be required to complete several writing exercises. Once the writing assignments have been completed and e-mailed to the lecturer, an assessment and feedback will be sent to the student, and the part will be considered complete.


Conditions of Certification:

Students will receive an NZ Writers College Certificate upon successful completion of the course, provided they meet the following conditions:

  • Students must have completed all writing assignments
  • The course must have been completed within six months of registration.
  • Students are expected to attain a minimum average of 50% for the course

Need more advice about the best course for you?

We would love to chat to you if you have any questions about our writing courses.

If you need some advice about the best course or writing field for you, drop us a line or give Koos or Nichola a call at 09 550 4635. We can tell you about going rates in the field, chance of publishing success and general writing career options both in New Zealand and internationally.

  • If you have questions about how we work, we have information in our FAQ section and How We Train section.
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Read what past students say about this course

"Rosemary is a wonderful lecturer. Through her depth of knowledge and enthusiasm, she made a difficult subject  interesting and fun. That's very hard to do! I appreciated her boundless patience and encouragement. Excellent content, enjoyed the course." Karen de Waal, Grammar for Writers Course

“The course was very good and the material was clear and well-presented. Rosemary Hepozden was an excellent tutor. She was very friendly and encouraging and my marked assignments were returned to me at exceptional speed! Her responses were always helpful and motivational, and she was always eager to push me to succeed. I achieved excellent results and I have Rosemary to thank for that. I learned a great deal throughout this experience and will be using my new skills as a foundation for further study. I’m quite happy recommending this course  to any writer who seeks to polish their grammar skills.” Craig Wraight, Grammar for Writers Course

“The course was really good. My tutor, Rosemary, was really prompt with clarifications, explanations and marking the assignments. She was exceptionally kind, encouraging and approachable; I didn’t hesitate, even once, in asking her for explanations. I learnt a lot, especially the minute details of punctuation and grammar. The course notes explained the grammar rules in a simple, structured way. The best thing about this course was the flexible time, I didn’t have to wait for a certain time or person to finish the parts of the course, and I could finish this course in 2 months. Although I have a long way to go, this course has given me a head start in writing. I thank The  Writers’ College and Rosemary for making this course a delightful and a pleasant experience.” Jaya Singh, Grammar for Writers Course

The course was structured logically and clearly. Feedback was speedy. The course was pretty challenging - it certainly made you think and pay attention. Rosemary Hepozden was excellent, and provided positive reinforcement all the way and had an answer to all of my random queries." Craig Gough, Grammar for Writers Course


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