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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 archenemy 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.
2015 Nominee, Academy of Podcasters, Best Ideas & Education Podcast
2015 Nominee, Best Language Professionals Blog— Bab.la Awards
2015 101 Best Websites for Writers — Writer's Digest
2015 Nominee, Best Education Podcast — Podcast Awards
2015 Top 50 Writing Blogs — PositiveWriter.com
2014 Best Arts, Books, and Entertainment Podcasts — The Telegraph
2014 Top 100 Language Lovers Blog — Bab.la Awards
2014 Top 25 Language Professionals Blog — Bab.la Awards
2014 101 Best Websites for Writers — Writer's Digest
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.""
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
"Are you a fool for mnemonics? If so, you'll fall head over nubucks for Mignon Fogarty--a.k.a. the Grammar Girl."
Kansas City Star, "Grammar Girl Mignon Fogarty Helps America Speak and Write Better" September, 2007
"Helpful. Smart. Funny. Fans find Grammar Girl to be all those things."
MarthaStewart.com, 100 Reasons to Learn Something, October 2007
"Tune into the 'Grammar Girl's Quick and Dirty Tips for Better Writing' podcast by Mignon Fogarty to end the which vs. that debate once and for all."
Chicago Tribune, Don't Get Carried Away on National Grammar Day, February 2008
"A more level-headed grammatical authority is Mignon Fogarty -- known to her Web visitors and podcast listeners as Grammar Girl."
Stanford Magazine, Say It So, November/December 2007
"Fans say they're drawn by Fogarty's warm, accessible style. Scolding is very un-Grammar Girl. 'Mignon doesn't come across as judgmental . . . but rather as a friend helping you out so you don't embarrass yourself.'"
Abbeville Manual of Style, November 2008
"Each Thursday, for five minutes, [Fogarty] contributes a welcome burst of clarity to our misused, grammatically benighted world, parsing the chaos while managing to entertain and delight."
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