In this 2 day course you'll learn: Use the five C's of writing; Ensure their writing meets basic grammatical standards, including word agreement, sentence construction, proper spelling, & punctuation; Write business letters, reports, memos, & e-mails.
- Course Outline
We all know what good writing is. It's the novel we can't put down, the poem we never forgot, and the speech that changed the way we look at the world. Good writing is the memo that gets action, the letter that says what a phone call can't.
In business writing, the language is concrete, the point of view is clear, and the points are well expressed. Good writing is hard work, and even the best writers get discouraged.
- Use the five C's of writing
- Ensure their writing meets basic grammatical standards, including word agreement, sentence construction, proper spelling, and punctuation
- Differentiate between the active and passive voice
- Write business letters, reports, memos, and e-mails
Introduction and Course Overview
You will spend the first part of the day getting to know the other participants and discussing what will take place during the workshop. Students will also have an opportunity to identify their personal learning objectives.
Many people feel that writing is a burden or something they should be able to delegate. This session will help participants identify the value of writing.
The Four C's
During the morning of Day One, you will discuss four of the C's of writing: clear, concise, complete, and correct. Participants will practice each C through writing exercises.
During this session, participants will explore word agreement through a brief lecturette and a writing exercise.
Active and Passive Voice
Most people prefer to read writing that is in the active voice. We will discuss and practice both voices during this session.
Sentences and Sentence Types
This session will discuss the structure of sentences and paragraphs. Then, participants will apply this knowledge to a writing exercise.
The Gunning Fog Index, also called the readability index, determines the difficulty level of a written piece. Participants will apply the index to a sample and to their own work.
The Fifth C
Courtesy is an important principle of good business writing. During this session, participants will examine and rank several business letters, helping them explore their own style and preference.
It is important to use words that best reflect what you are trying to say. In this session, we will examine some common dilemmas (such as fewer vs. less) and suggested solutions.
Another key part of writing is political correctness. Participants will have an opportunity to re-write some exclusive terms to make them inclusive.
The two basic rules for constructing sentences are: use construction that makes meaning clear and keep construction parallel. Participants will re-write sentences that don't follow these rules.
During this session, participants will work in teams to develop a series of test questions for other teams.
Writing Business Letters
This session begins with three lecturettes on the steps for writing a business letter, types of letters, and the parts of a business letter. Participants will then examine samples of business letters to determine the type and the parts of the letter.
Many people find writing business reports very difficult. This session will look at business reports in-depth using a lecture and a small group exercise.
Spelling and Proofreading
Proofreading carelessly can spoil a writer's best efforts. This session will help participants identify common spelling errors and practice their proofreading skills.
Memos are another challenge that many writers face. We will examine memos through a brief lecture and a fun exercise.
These days, e-mail has become a universal method of communication. However, there are many questions of etiquette and few answers. This session will discuss some common dilemmas and our recommended answers.
Writing Challenges To wrap up the workshop, participants will work in small groups to identify their biggest challenges and some possible solutions.
At the end of the day, students will have an opportunity to ask questions and fill out an action plan.
- Prerequisites & Certificates
Certificate of completion
- Cancellation Policy
A full 5 business days notice is required to change or cancel any course date.
Once payment has been received, a credit will be held in your account if we have received sufficient notice of your cancellation or date change (we do not provide refunds). If insufficient notice is received, the entire fee or Tickets for that course date will be charged.
There is no charge for substitutions. If you cannot attend your course and cannot provide the 3 business days notice, you can send someone else in your place with no penalty.
If you cannot provide 5 business days notice of cancellation, you may take the course at a later date at no further charge with the following conditions.
1. You must take the course within 6 months of the original course date (no exceptions). After that time, the full course fee will be charged again.
2. Registration is on a stand-by basis only. If the course date you select becomes fully booked you will be asked to choose another date, which must be within 6 months of the original course date.
3. If you need to change or cancel your free re-take course, we must receive a full 5 business days notice of the change. If insufficient notice is received, this offer no longer applies and the full course fee will be charged again, should you choose to book another date.
4. This course is not transferable to another person. It must be taken by the same person who was scheduled for the original course.
5. This offer applies to the same course only (same software program, same course level and the same software version as was originally booked).
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