- Designed For
- Writing effectively, thinking critically, and presenting information compellingly are essential skills in the 21st century workplace. This online business writing course is intended for those whose job duties include written and verbal communications or for anyone who would like to communicate more effectively.
- January 8 - February 4, 2018
Register anytime through January 15
- 100% Online
- 16 Hours
- 1.6 CEUs/16 PDUs/16 PDCs
Ask us about Corporate Training. We can customize this program to fit your organization's specific needs.
Register now for our January course through Monday, January 15! Hurry, space is limited!
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We often give little thought to the everyday communication that comprises our contemporary workplace. However, business writing, when done well, improves your professionalism and makes you stand out at your job.
Business Writing Class
Being Able to Write
Good Well Is Invaluable
The modern workplace is driven by new technologies, a rapidly changing economy, and the need to communicate with different audiences from all over the globe.
Writing is the medium that conducts much of this business and connects the modern world, yet we often give insufficient thought to what that really means. We spend energy thinking about how we dress, speak and behave professionally in the workplace, but we often overlook our writing.
Why This Business Writing Course
This course will help you dress up your writing and ensure that you are always clear, professional and correct.
In this course, we will help you develop your understanding of:
- Multiple audiences and the appropriate tone for each
- Common grammar errors and tips on how to avoid them
- Simple conventions to improve your communication skills
- Professional writing in general and how you can ensure you're always at your best
Upon completion, you'll know how to articulate your thoughts clearly, concisely and with a newfound professional style.
"From writing emails to writing proposals, the takeaways from this class were all things I was able to put into use immediately. I appreciated the feedback given by the instructor Clare Braun, as it was very detailed. I would recommend this course to anyone looking to brush up on their business writing skills!"
-Erin Alder, National Marketing Director for West, A WFG Company, in Puyallap, WA
Receive Customized Feedback
This writing course is a condensed and accelerated version of Oregon State University's incredibly popular and long running business writing class. When you take this course, you'll receive customized feedback from expert instructors who have helped thousands of students find jobs and be successful in their professional careers.
Did You Know? One of the most common writing mistakes you're likely to make is the comma splice. Similar to a run-on sentence, a comma splice is when you connect two independent clauses with a comma alone.
You’ll also learn to spot, avoid and correct common writing pitfalls and gain valuable experience analyzing, writing and revising a spectrum of business documents that include:
- Short Reports
The feedback you receive on these documents will improve your performance in the workplace. In this course, however, you can develop in a 'judgement-free' zone aimed at improving your writing skills and professionalism.
What You'll Learn
- Write effectively and ethically for diverse audiences by making rhetorically informed choices in style, syntax, tone, formatting, and conventions.
- Apply and adapt flexible writing process strategies to produce clear, high-quality deliverables in a multitude of business writing genres.
- Use writing as a mode of thinking to research, innovate, and communicate new ideas, solutions, and policies.
- Use a toolkit of writing skills including word choice, grammar, organization and structure, and document design, that can be adapted to create writing styles for a variety of business writing situations.
In this series
Clare Braun studied writing at the University of Arizona and at the University of East Anglia in the United Kingdom. She earned her masters in creative writing from Oregon State University, where she has taught since 2012. Her research interests center on the body’s role in the process of learning and writing, and she is currently working with OSU’s Writing Center to create quantitative tools to better understand the role of peer tutoring in writing development. Outside of higher education, Clare’s experience ranges from public relations, to program administration at a private K-8 school, to administrative work in the financial services industry. In her teaching, Clare emphasizes critical thinking and creativity as tools to help students rethink their approach to and relationship with writing.