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Quotes and More (Summer 2018)

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NOTE: This course does NOT offer CEUs for recorded sessions.

Check out Margie's "on demand" courses to earn CEUs.

The most frequent questions I get concern quotes: What if I don't have the document? Do I put in the bad punctuation from the document? How can I prove this is what the guy really said. We will answer these questions and more in this four-hour course on quotes. We will have time for a few other burning issues that come up.

Beat the CEU deadline in this four-hour September course.

Check the “Class Schedule” tab for the dates and times.

We are using a platform called e-Lecta for the live lectures. You will need to download e-Lecta. Check out "Installing the Software" under the “Welcome” tab. There will be a link right here on this site for you to follow each week to get into the live class. e-Lecta will be open a half hour before each class.

You will not need a microphone. If you have questions, you will do so in written form in the chat area of the site.

I will use PowerPoint as the vehicle for teaching the class. Before each class session, you will have access to handouts of the slides for the session. They are printed with three slides to a page, which come with lines next to each slide for purposes of notetaking, or printed six to a page, which saves paper but does not offer much space to take notes.

If you want to use an iPad to take notes, there are instructions on the site, and the slides are offered one slide to a page.

In whatever form you choose, you will save paper by printing the pages back to back. There are many, many pages of these handouts. Whether or not you choose to print the handouts is entirely up to you.


Your Instructor


Margie Wakeman Wells
Margie Wakeman Wells

Margie Wakeman Wells is a lifetime credentialed teacher in the state of California and is certified as a CRI. She is in her sixth decade of teaching -- with 40 of those years in the field of court reporting. As a reporting instructor, she has taught from the theory level through the exit speeds as well as all manner of English courses – both on campus in a bricks and mortar school and online.

She has presented, under the auspices of NCRA and state court reporting organizations, over 300 seminars for reporters on English-related topics as well as seminars for teachers and students.

Court Reporting: Bad Grammar/Good Punctuation, her best-selling reference text, and the workbook that accompanies it are available at margieholdscourt.com. In addition, she has published Word Pares, Pears, Pairs, a reference work of 2,000 word pairs with definitions, examples, and idioms for the words, and is currently writing a grammar text. She has also written a drill book series for improving accuracy: Practice Really DOES Make Perfect.

Margie operates “Margie Holds Class,” her online school, for both live and recorded classes and writes her blog, “All Things English,” at margieholdscourt.com. Margie currently serves as the Education Liaison for the California Court Reporters Association.

Margie has two grown sons and lives with her husband, Bill, in Culver City, California.


Class Curriculum


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  Quotes Module 1: Comma Basics -- Separating vs. Setting Off
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  Quotes Module 2: Comma Basics -- Parentheticals
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  Qutoes Module 3: You Had to Be There -- Things Change
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  Quotes Module 4: The Paragraph
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  Quotes Module 5: The Carbon Paper Days
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  Quotes Module 6: The 2-2-2 Rule and Capitalization
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  Quotes Module 7: Verbatim
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  Quotes Module 8: The Word SIC
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  Quotes Module 9: Some Issues That Call for Quotes
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  Quotes Module 10: Hyphens or Quotes
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  Qutoes Module 11: Define That Word
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  Quotes Module 12: Quoting from Documents
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  Quotes Module 13: Where to Put Punctuation
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  Quotes Module 14: Single Quotes
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