Leading business writing program teaches proven business communication strategies.

Designed For
Writing effectively, thinking critically, and presenting information compellingly are essential skills in the 21st century workplace. This course is intended for those whose job duties include written and verbal communications or for anyone who would like to communicate more effectively.
July 3 - July 30, 2017 | Online | Work through the 4-week course materials at your own pace with weekly coaching prompts from instructor.
100% Online
16 Hours
1.6 CEUs
Talk to the Program Manager
Contact our program manager, Paula Matano at 541-737-3690 or paula.matano@oregonstate.edu to schedule a free, no-obligation training consultation.

"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

Most people have at least some anxiety about writing.

The good news is that writing is learnable.

This business writing course can help increase your speed, efficiency and accuracy of all your writing. So within a week or two, your confidence will begin to soar.

Being Able to Write Good Well Is Invaluable

The ability to write clearly and effectively is a lifelong skill and will either help or hinder your career success. Strengthening your writing skills will give you the ability to create and maintain relationships, explain ideas clearly and effectively, and persuade others to take specific actions.

The workforce is driven by new technologies, a rapidly changing economy, and the need to communicate with different audiences from all over the globe.

Why This Business Writing Course

This Writing in the Workplace Course will develop your understanding of:

  • Rhetoric
  • Audience and tone
  • Quick grammar fixes
  • Simple conventions to improve your communication skills

Upon completion, you'll learn how to articulate your thoughts clearly, concisely and with a style that gets your writing read.

Avoid 5 Most Common Writing Mistakes

This writing course is a condensed and accelerated version of Oregon State University's incredibly popular and long running writing program. So the expert instructors have worked with thousands of students and now know the most common writing mistakes and the simple steps you can take to fix them.

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 the most common writing pitfalls and gain valuable experience analyzing, writing and revising a complete spectrum of business documents, including:

  • Memos
  • Good News/Bad News Emails
  • Proposals
  • Short Reports

And instead of getting harsh feedback that can have real repercussions, you can learn in a 'judgment-free zone'.

Learn When It's Most Convenient

You can choose to learn and improve your writing online or on-site in Portland.

Whether you're writing a memo, email, letter or report, you'll be able to communicate quickly and efficiently.

  • With the online option, you can sit down and learn around your own schedule. Whether you're a night owl or a morning person, you can choose when you're at your best.
  • 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.
  • Clare Braun

    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.