Episode 119 – “Stop! Grammar Time! With Mignon Fogarty”

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The Newbie Writers’ Podcast

Special Guest: Mignon Fogart (Grammar Girl!)





A snippet of questions from the show:

How does one get to such a popular blog and books?

Tell us about Oprah.

How do you react when you are approached by the Oprah producers?

She had driven the podcast thing as well as the blog thing.

How did you go about making grammar fun? You have a knack, tell us about it.

Where did it all begin? What was it that gave you the writing/grammar bug?

What’s planned for the future?

Ultimate tips for Newbies.



A pet peeve card game! Peeve Wars http://FundAnything.com/peevewars

MignonFace100x100  Mignon Fogarty is the creator of Grammar Girl and the founder and managing director of Quick and Dirty Tips. A magazine writer, technical writer, and entrepreneur, she has served as a senior editor and producer at a number of health and science web sites. She has a B.A. in English from the University of Washington in Seattle and an M.S. in biology from Stanford University.

Mignon believes that learning is fun, and the vast rules of grammar are wonderful fodder for lifelong study. She strives to be a friendly guide in the writing world. Her arch enemy is the evil Grammar Maven, who inspires terror in the untrained and is neither friendly nor helpful.

Grammar Girl provides short, friendly tips to improve your writing. Covering the grammar rules and word choice guidelines that can confound even the best writers, Grammar Girl makes complex grammar questions simple with memory tricks to help you recall and apply those troublesome grammar rules. Whether English is your first language or second language, Grammar Girl’s punctuation, style, and business tips will make you a better and more successful writer. Mignon Fogarty is the creator and host of Grammar Girl. Grammar Girl is a Quick and Dirty Tips podcast.

To book a lecture event with Mignon Fogarty for your company or organization, contact Macmillan Speakers.

Follow Mignon on Google+, Twitter, Facebook, StumbleUpon, LinkedIn, and Pinterest.


2013 Best Education Podcast, Podcast Awards

2013 Best Classic Podcast — iTunes
2013 Top 25 Language Professionals Blog – Bab.la Awards 2012 Winner, Best Education Podcast –  Podcast Awards
2012 Nominee, Best Education Podcast –Stitcher Awards
2012 Top 50 Blogs for Writers – Tribal Messenger Daily
2012 101 Best Websites for Writers – Writer’s Digest (“Best of the Best”)
2011 101 Best Websites for Writers – Writer’s Digest
2010 101 Best Websites for Writers – Writer’s Digest
2010 Best Classic Podcast – iTunes
2010 Nominee, Best Education Podcast –  Podcast Awards
2009 Best Classic Podcast – iTunes
2009 Nominee, Best Education Podcast –  Podcast Awards
2009 Nominee, Audie Awards
2008 Nominee, People’s Choice – Podcast Awards
2007 Best of Non-Fiction Audiobooks of the Year – iTunes
2008 Winner, Best Education Podcast –  Podcast Awards
2007 Winner, Best Education Podcast – Podcast Awards
2007 Winner, Favorite Audio Program – Podcast Peer Awards
2006 Winner, Best Education Podcast – Podcast Peer Awards


The Oprah Winfrey Show, Grammar Girl Fixes Common Mistakes, March 2007

“Mignon has come up with clever ideas to help even the most grammatically challenged person remember the rules. ”
New York Times, Book Not Ready for Print? You Can Whip Up an Audiobook, May 2007

“By the end of that week, Ms. Fogarty’s presentation had bumped “The Secret,” the advice book that espouses positive thinking which also had been promoted by Ms. Winfrey, from the top spot.
USA Today, Get An Earful of Offbeat Podcasts, March 2007

“A few education podcasts can claim big numbers, too. Grammar Girl, a weekly five-minute podcast on grammar by Mignon Fogarty, a freelance journalist in Gilbert, Ariz., ranks in the top 20 on iTunes.”
USA Today & Arizona Republic, Grammar Girl Podcast Rules Online, March 2007

“She [Mignon] comes across as so completely, so utterly, normal. . . .The root of all her success, of course, is a true love of language and grammar.”
BusinessWeek, Don’t Quit Your Day Job, Podcasters, April 2007

“Fogarty’s success is more the exception than the rule among indie podcasters.”
Los Angeles Times

“Delightfully droll….Grammar Girl gives clear explanations with helpful examples.”
Newsday, Improving Your Grammar, The ‘Quick and Dirty’ Way, August 2007

“Fogarty . . . sparked what you might call a worldwide, syntax-driven fiesta.”
CNN.com, Grammar Girl a Quick and Dirty Success, January 2007

“Grammar lessons often are associated with high school drudgery . . . but an Arizona technical writer has turned the seemingly dry subject into a popular podcast.”
Reader’s Digest, How a Grammar Girl Cleaned Up, February 2007

“Fogarty’s experience is one more example of how the Web is making stars of regular folks with a special talent, a good idea, or both.”
Washington Post, Listen and Learn with Podcasts, February 2007

“Creator Mignon Fogarty has an engaging style that doesn’t make you feel bad about misusing the word “badly.””
Wall Street Journal,

How to Be a Star in a YouTube World, May 2007

“So why does the show consistently rank in the top 40 podcasts on iTunes? The show is well produced. . . . ‘Grammar Girl’ found a narrow niche that a surprising number of people are interested in.
A Grammar Maven Rises on the iTunes Charts, November 2006

Official Amazon.com Review

“Are you a fool for mnemonics? If so, you’ll fall head over nubucks for Mignon Fogarty–a.k.a. the Grammar Girl.”

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What happens when you are interrupted? Some poets lose the whole ending to their work, some can stay on track and pick up where they left off. What happens to you? Can an interruption be a good thing? Or is it always a bad thing? What about interrupting a character in the middle of their monologue?

Tortured sentences:


It would be “bleeped” out. Today people can say offensives words on the radio or the tv and it will not be cut out. Media has become a viewing area for people to network. In other words people need to have internet to connect with everyday life.

Word of the week:


Diareretic: To be more than revealing in your blog and/or book.

Shout outs:

Day of the Book, March 8th, at JFK University.

Here are some of the speakers:


Write Your Non-Fiction Book

Catharine Bramkamp, MA

Story Telling Basics

Beth Barany

Creating Your New Health Destiny with Four Quadrant Living

Dina Colman, MBA, MA

How to self publish your way to being officially published

Marcus Evans

What Makes a Best seller

Ezra Barany

Writing Your Spirit: The Marriage of Authenticity and Artfulness

Charles Burack, Ph.D

 Writing Home

Deema K. Shehabi

Writing Historical Fantasy: Blending historical fiction with fantasy elements

Linda McCabe

Plus More!

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