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January 25 - February 21, 2021
9:00 am - 11:00 pm PST

Writing for Business

Royal Roads University - Continuing Studies
This course is a must for people who write the following for business: announcements, briefing notes, decision-papers, emails, instructions, letters, reports and/or web-content. Strong writing skills lead to smoother communications, fewer misunderstandings and increased productivity. Learn the plain language principles that will help you make your written communications easy to read and understand. Demonstrations, videos, and hands-on exercises will help you gain confidence in your writing and learn which grammar gremlins (including punctuation) make the difference between clarity and confusion.

If you prefer learning in the online environment or wish to experience instructor-led online learning, this four-week online course is perfect for you. Practice your writing skills through online discussions with your instructor and classmates and receive personal feedback on your weekly assignments.

Topics Covered:
  • How adults read
  • The difference between reading on-screen and in print
  • Writing for all devices (computers, laptops, tablets, smartphones)
  • The 5 Cs of effective writing: correct, clear, concise, coherent, and consistent
  • Plain language principles
  • Avoid jargon/technical terms and redundancy
  • Editing – yours and other’s
  • Audience Analysis
  • The writing process: pre-writing, drafting, feedback, editing/revising, finalizing
  • What is a briefing note and how differs from other types of reports
Learning Outcomes:
  • Discover the benefits of plain language writing geared toward the reader
  • Become familiar with and practice the key principles of plain language writing in emails, reports, and work-related correspondence
  • Demystify grammar and punctuation rules
  • Identify key grammar and punctuation errors in your writing and correct them
  • Ensure tone, content, and style help you get the results you want
  • Have greater clarity and impact
Learner Effort:
3-5 hours per week
 

Event Type: Course
Location: Online, BC
Region: Online
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