Course Description

For anyone whose job includes frequent writing about complex issues with a variety of readers in a workplace environment, the task is hardly ever easy. Add to that the fact that consistencies within the English language are always changing, and often workplace writers haven’t thought much about grammar and punctuation since they were in school.

This advanced writing course will extend general principles for writing well in the business world with the crafting of documents typically found in the workplace. Attendees will be asked to rethink some rules they have learned previously with a mindfulness toward current and contemporary writing practice.

We will apply practical strategies for planning and executing messages and achieving goals, even in the most challenging professional situations, and refining written communication skills so as to adjust for audience, scope, structure, and tone.

Course Outline

Topics Include:

Ten Tips for Writing Well in the Workplace

  • Determine why you are writing
  • Identify your reader or recipient
  • Start strong and stay specific
  • Be conciseness
  • Check all your words
  • Read aloud
  • Revise for clarity
  • Take a moment
  • Imagine yourself as the recipient
  • Send your message

Additional Topics

  • A word about writer’s block
  • What’s the “this”? What’s the “it”?
  • Gender-neutral language
  • The “I” vs. “me” pronoun issue
  • Misplaced and dangling modifiers
  • “that” vs. “which”
  • Ending with a preposition
  • Avoiding absolutes

Learner Outcomes

  • Identify and review English grammar, standard punctuation marks, and today’s usage rules
  • Relate current punctuation rules to standard business documents with the acknowledgement that punctuation is for the reader or recipient
  • Explore importance of style guides and style sheets and how to use them
  • Discuss the use of templates and collaborative written endeavors with an awareness of purpose and audience
  • Learn tips for getting started, prioritizing and arranging, locating information when one is not sure what to say, and knowing when enough is enough
  • Consider tips for organizing thoughts so as to communicate messages effectively
  • Summarize and synthesize substantial information into coherent professional documents that highlight main points, not merely as a recitation of facts
  • Embrace the 5 C’s of effective business writing: (1) Correctness, (2) Clarity, (3) Conciseness, (4) Consistency, and (5) Comprehensibility

Who Should Attend?

  • Upper management looking to update writing approaches with a more contemporary mindset and approach
  • Individuals reentering the workforce and wishing to embrace current best practices
  • Those interested in refreshing writing consistencies so as to be the best professional communicators possible
  • Business professionals ready to move up in management and wishing to embrace a variety of documents consistent with such positions within the business world

Applies Towards the Following Certificates or Series

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Advanced Business Writing
W, F
8:30AM to 12:15PM
Feb 02, 2022 to Feb 04, 2022
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Course Fee(s)
Fee non-credit $199.00
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Section Notes

The course will be held via Zoom. Before joining a Zoom meeting on a computer or mobile device, you can download the Zoom app from the Zoom Download Center. Otherwise, you will be prompted to download and install Zoom when you click on the link, which will be provided to you prior to the online seminar. You will also receive a digit-number (Meeting ID), which is necessary to join the online course.

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