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Dot your i's, cross your t's. Fine-tune your memoir by making sure all the nitty-gritty stuff is in order. While the following lessons on grammar and punctuation may seem obvious to some, serious writers take the mechanics of writing seriously.

Ideas and Techniques

Copyediting Marks (PDF)
Have a friend copyedit and proof your story like a pro.

Language Arts Survival Guide (PDF)
Review the nuts and bolts of how English works.

Punctuation Survival Guide (PDF)
Make sure you’ve used punctuation consistently and correctly.

Reality Grammar: Understanding Sentence Structure (PDF)
Know the rules before you break them.

Featured Author

“When proof-reading, I feel it is best to use a fresh eye to catch errors; so I asked peers, friends, teachers, and my family to read the story and point out errors or awkward passages. Then I reread the story in a few days.”
—Jenna Maxwell
Read Jenna Maxwell’s award-winning piece, “Just Face It.”

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