Writing Skills Workshops

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Writing Skills

Readers today are bombarded with information. These busy readers have neither time nor tolerance for poorly structured or badly written proposals, emails or reports.

We provide writing skills training that helps people create documents that save readers time. These documents stand out because they get straight to the point, provide only the information the reader needs and are easy to read and understand.

Effective business writing skills are an asset for any organization and give your employees and your organization a competitive edge.

Workshops for Writing Skills

 

High Impact Business Writing

2-day workshop

Communicate clearly and professionally in writing

Writing Technical Reports

2-day workshop

Build the skills necessary to turn technical facts into useful information

Writing to Today’s Business Reader

1-day workshop

Learn to use a reliable process to quickly write emails, short reports and letters

Writing Effective Proposals

2-day workshop

Write persuasive documents that move projects forward

Writing Effective Procedures

2-day workshop

Learn to write and edit user-friendly procedures that lead to higher quality

Writing Business Reports

2-day workshop

Write complex documents that are easy to read

Executive-Ready Writing

1-day workshop

Develop the writing skills you need to communicate effectively with senior executives

Grammar & Proofreading

1-day workshop

Brush up on what you need to know to always write correctly

Report Writing for Municipalities

1-day workshop

Write council reports that help readers make well-informed decisions

Email Writing for Results

Half-day workshop

Learn to write emails that are positive, clear and readable

Writing for the Web

1-day workshop

Create web content that is clear, concise and usable

Email Essentials

Half-day workshop

Get your email under control

Effective Business Writing

Online only

Become a more productive and effective writer

See also: PRESENTATION SKILLS, MEETING SKILLS

 

Our approach

All our writing workshops are tailored to a specific need. Our broad selection allows you choose from a range of topics:

    • managing your email
    • writing comprehensible technical or scientific reports
    • developing clear, usable procedures
    • writing persuasive proposals

Participants get work done while they learn. They use our techniques to plan and write a document on a topic of their choice. In this way, learners use our writing techniques before they leave the workshop so they can confidently apply these strategies back at their desks. In addition, they bring samples of their own documents to privately assess their strengths and weaknesses. Then, with input from their workshop leader, they set specific goals for change.

engaged learner in writing workshop

What to expect

 

Engaging activities and learning games
Sitting all day is exhausting. Our participants are regularly out of their seats for energizers and group activities that help them learn and keep them engaged.

When appropriate, in some writing workshops we use learning games to review content. We make these games competitive and participants love them. Games keep the energy high and increase knowledge retention.

A variety of learning methods
Participants won’t listen to boring lectures all day. They can expect interactive lectures, experiential activities, private reflection and self-assessment, individual, as well as small- and large-group exercises, discussion, peer feedback, and other activities. In short, our multi-faceted approach to writing training supports all participants’ learning styles.

Our facilitators respect the knowledge and skills participants bring to the workshop. They draw knowledge from the group and provide additional information or expertise as needed. We encourage participants to answer questions from their own experiences. And when our facilitators share, they use real-life examples and personal stories to reinforce the learning.

Build a common language
As a result of our writing training, learners return to work with a common language and a set of criteria that define good writing. They reinforce these criteria and language by giving each other feedback during the workshop. By sharing this language and criteria, your employees have a bond that can encourage ongoing improvements and lasting organizational change.

A safe environment
We know people are sensitive about their writing skills. Our facilitators are adult -learning specialists who are skilled at setting a supportive environment that encourages participants to share. We respect the knowledge learners bring to the workshop and never publicly critique documents. As participants learn new skills, they privately review their sample documents to assess how to improve.

Materials you’ll use long after the workshop is over
Our participants learn from materials that help them in the classroom and support them back on the job. Takeaway materials include:

      • A reference book that includes templates, examples and checklists
      • Laminated job aids for quick reference
      • Wavelength online writing resources
writing benefits

How you benefit from better writing skills

Projects move forward
Readers get the information they need to make the best decisions and move projects forward.

Readers actually read documents
Readers are attracted to documents that capture their attention, state the writer’s purpose up front, and include the appropriate level of detail, including benefits.

Your credibility grows
Writers display their competence, attitude and professionalism through the words they choose, the content they include and the design of their document.

Productivity improves
Writers save time by applying a reliable process to produce better quality documents in less time. Readers save time when documents are clear.

Misunderstandings and errors decrease
When messages are easy to understand, people make fewer costly mistakes.

Relationships grow stronger
Writers make their readers feel valued and respected because they anticipate and satisfy their readers’ needs.