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By Michelle Theurer (Brooklyn, NY)

Punctuation Workshop, Member Review

Punctuation Workshop

Friday, August 10, 11:30 a.m. – 5:45 p.m. by Margie Wakeman Wells


This seminar was absolutely phenomenal. From 11:30 a.m. to 5:45 p.m., I learned an entire semester’s worth of grammar and punctuation. Margie’s seminar was not only informative but also very entertaining. Her style and mannerisms made it so interesting. We covered the basics of commas, semicolons, quotes, interogs, dashes, fragments, made-up words, parentheticals, and [sic]. She also covered a ton of pesky questions reporters find themselves wondering about. She taught us to catch what we need to catch and to maintain the “integrity” of a sentence. She told us we can all be fabulous writers, but we are judged by our transcript. Hail to you Ms. Wells for clearing it all up. Your seminar was a breath of fresh air!

As a freelance reporter, I have spent hundreds of dollars on grammar and editing books that weren’t so easy to navigate and didn’t help me find exactly what I was looking for. I purchased Ms. Well’s book, Court Reporting: Bad Grammar/Good Punctuation, and it felt like a gift from heaven! It caters to the working reporter and student or anyone in the legal field who wants examples of their issue, rules, and the “know-how” to do it…

Kudos to you, Ms. Wells. Your advice can help reporters hand in a beautifully punctuated and grammatically correct transcript!