Business Writing Basics I: The Whole Cycle
(BWRI, 2 days)


Writing that excites and motivates a reader can make the difference between project success and project failure. But well-written documents don't just happen. This course equips the business professional with the concrete tools and strategies to plan and create documents that inspire, inform, engage and persuade. Whether you are drafting a technical report, business plan, briefing note, or job application - the skills learned in this course will take your writing to the next level.

Dates and Pricing

Jan 22 to Jan 23, 2018$799/person Feb 19 to Feb 20, 2018$799/person Mar 19 to Mar 20, 2018$799/person


Why writing well matters
Understanding your writing style
Self-assessment and goals
Planning Your Document
Structure: What type of document are you writing?
Goals: Why are you writing this? How will this be used?
Target audience: Who will read this?
Using storyboarding for long documents
Appendices and annexes
Footnotes versus endnotes
Overview of the document production process
Writing Clearly
Active versus passive voice
Formal or informal writing
Using style guides - spelling, grammar, citations
Choosing the right words
Brevity and editing
Eliminating ambiguous phrases, jargon, and offensive terms
Guiding the Reader
Introducing the document
Transition words to keep things flowing
Using headings and sub-headings
Using numbered and bulleted lists
Using parallel structures
Using paragraphs
A Picture Says a Thousand Words
The power of diagrams, images, tables and graphs
How to embed graphs and images into text
Polishing and Perfecting Your Report
Using formatting and styles
Proofreading and grammar checking
Final Review - your audience, your purpose, your goal