Punctuation Precision

Punctuation Precision

A 20-hour course

It’s BACK! You have been asking for a repeat of this class since we gave it last year. So here it is. This course is offered as an alternative to the “hit and miss” hour or two that we tend to get during conventions. Though there is value in any time spent on the rules of punctuation, the goal for this course is to offer a more comprehensive look at these rules. After a thorough discussion of clauses – what they are, how they work, how they are punctuated -- we will spend the rest of the time looking at the rules for the period, question mark, quotation, colon, dash, semicolon, and comma – with discussion on hyphens, apostrophes, number form, and capitalization thrown in for fun. There will be reading assignments from Court Reporting: Bad Grammar/Good Punctuation and exercises assigned from the Workbook. Though these books are recommended, they are not a requirement for the course. And the really cool thing is that you have choices of times as well as format for the course you choose:

LIVE Course with Sessions in June/July --

Another in August/September

If you want CEUs – NCRA has prequalified these courses for CEUS; so there will be no fuss/no muss getting your points – choose one of these LIVE courses. If you need to miss a session and need the credits, you can write a detailed summary for the session and receive credit for the two hours. Completion certificates (reflecting the total number of hours attended) will be issued for these courses. These certificates may be used for credits for state or any other organizations. The “live” sessions will be conducted via PowerPoint with handouts of the slides made available. Each class will be recorded, and enrolled students may listen to those recordings as many times as desired. The recordings will be available for one month after the last session of the class.

The Schedules for the Two LIVE Courses


Saturday, June 4 Saturday, August 13

Saturday, June 11 Sunday, August 14

Sunday, June 12 Saturday, August 20

Saturday, June 18 Sunday, August 21

Sunday, June 26 Saturday, August 27

Saturday, July 9 Sunday, August 28

Sunday, July 10 Sunday, September 11

Sunday, July 17 Sunday, September 18

Saturday, July 23 Saturday, September 24

Saturday, July 30 Sunday, September 25


8:30 to 10:30 Pacific 3:30 to 5:30 Pacific

9:30 to 11:30 Mountain 4:30 to 6:30 Mountain

10:30 to 12:20 Central 5:30 to 7:30 Central

11:30 to 1:30 Eastern 6:30 to 8:30 Eastern

RECORDED Course in June/July --

Another in August/September

If you do not need CEUs and would rather listen to the material on your own schedule/time, by all means, choose one of these options. We will post the recording from the “live” class session, which you may listen to at your leisure and which will be available to you for one month after the last class session. For these courses, there will be three one-hour sessions “live” with Margie so that you can ask questions and have some time to discuss the material that has been presented. Otherwise, everything will be covered through the recordings.

Reporters: $395 Scopists/Proofreaders/Students/Teachers: $355 Register for the courses at margieholdsclass.com. Registration will close at the end of the day on Friday, June 3, for the June 4 start date. Once you enroll in the course, there are instructions for downloading the platform we use for the course and also other information that you need, most especially handouts that can be printed for the live class.