Previous Title: Writing for the Canadian Workplace: Introduction
Learn how to write informative and persuasive documents for the workplace that are clear, concise and professional.
Through a mix of individual assignments and group discussions, practise analyzing, planning, drafting and revising business and technical documents. Find out how to identify common pitfalls and weak points in business writing, and gain strategies to address and correct them.
By the end of the course, you’ll be able to:
- understand how to write for different audience groups, such as coworkers and clients
- learn practical business writing and communication strategies
- develop your style and professional writing skills
- write emails, memos, and letters
- learn to write for the web and other online sources
- understand the differences between effective and ineffective reports and proposals
- use persuasive appeals in business writing
You’ll also have a portfolio of your work that includes emails, memos and letters that showcases examples of effective writing.
Week 1: Understanding Workplace Communications
Week 2: Writing Effective Paragraphs, Emails, Memos and Letters
Week 3: Developing Your Writing Style and Avoiding Errors
Week 4: Writing for the Web and Social Media; Writing Concisely
Week 5: Understanding and Writing Complex Documents
Week 6: Editing and Finalizing Your Documents
You might also be interested in Writing Well for Business: Advanced Topics. Take on more complex documents and audience situations, and learn how to approach challenging communication tasks. (Please note Writing Well for Business is not a pre-requisite to this more advanced course).
This course is 100% online and instructor supported. Every week, your instructor releases a new lesson that includes materials such as class notes, articles, readings and resources, as well as your assignment for the week.
Discuss assignments and receive feedback during optional weekly live Zoom sessions, which take place Tuesdays 6–6:40pm Pacific Time.
Online materials will be available for three weeks after the course ends, after which time you will no longer be able to access the course.