General workplace writing training

32_1Our publicly-available, general workplace writing training programs are designed for anyone who writes as part of their work. Any workplace writing is relevant.

The Writing Circle’s programs are build around real, current examples of workplace documents – such as letters, emails, brochures, and reports. Participants are always welcome to provide their own examples as part
of the discussion.

The Writing Circle offers four general writing training programs:

  1. Writing documents that readers will want to read (half-day course)
  2. Writing paragraphs and sentences that make sense (half-day course)
  3. Editing tight & writing right (half-day course)
  4. Writing for reviewers and approvers (half-day course).

Writing documents that readers will want to read

This workshop focuses on top techniques for improving workplace writing from the perspective of readers. You will learn how to focus on readers, beat writers’ block, structure ideas, write clear and simple sentences, and question the success of your documents.

Key topics include:

  • What makes good writing
  • Writing for busy readers
  • The writing and editing process
  • Developing the key message
  • Developing content and structure.

Writing paragraphs and sentences that make sense

This workshop focuses on the nitty gritty of writing. You will learn about coherent paragraphs, clear and simple sentences, attachking wordiness, and plain English approaches to complex ideas.

Key topics include:

  • Understanding paragraphs and bullet points
  • Attacking wordiness
  • Fixing common sentence-level problems
  • Writing in plain English.

Editing tight & writing right

This workshop will help to build your editing and proofreading skills. It is designed for people who understand the basics of good writing but want strategies to improve their editing and their attention to detail. You will learn how to edit in cycles, cut writing length, proofread with care, and give constructive feedback. Bring along a laptop or your preferred writing device for a practical, hands-on session.

Key topics include:

  • Editing in cycles: from structure to full stops
  • Proofreading for accuracy and consistency
  • Writing tight: complex messages in 40 characters
  • Giving and seeking feedback
  • Editing collaborative documents.

Writing for reviewers and approvers

This workshop focuses on methods for reviewing and approving workplace documents. You’ll learn how to reflect on content, provide valuable feedback, and mentor strong writing from you staff.

Key topics include:

  • Reflecting on your purpose
  • Giving and receiving feedback
  • Reviewing techniques – focusing on content, not style
  • Mentoring strong writers
  • Improving your own writing.

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