writing skills

Writing Skills

Readers today are bombarded with information and they have no patience for poorly structured or badly written proposals, emails or reports. 

We provide writing skills training to help you create documents that save your readers time. These documents stand out because they get straight to the point, provide only 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. 

We provide group workshops and one-on-one coaching 

See a course you want that hasn’t yet been adapted to virtual delivery? Let’s talk about it.

Writing Skills Courses

Business Writing

Professional Business Writing

In-person – 2-day
Virtual – 12 hours

Learn how to get to the point and write emails and short reports that are clear, concise and persuasive. Learn how to correct common grammar mistakes and practice email etiquette.

Plain Language Essentials

In-person – 1-day
Virtual – 6 hours

Learn how to simplify your writing so all readers can understand and act on it with ease.

Writing Winning Proposals

In-person – 2-day

Write persuasive documents that move projects forward and win business.

Executive-Ready Writing

In-person – 1-day
Virtual – 9 hours

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

Grammar and Punctuation

In-person – 1-day
Virtual – 4 hours

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

Effective Business Writing (On-demand)

On-demand – 4 hours

Improve your writing skills to enhance your productivity and effectiveness.

Business Writing Essentials

In-person – 1-day
Virtual – 6 hours

Learn how to get to the point and write emails and short reports that are clear, concise and readable.

Writing Skills for Auditors

In-person – 2-day

Write clear, effective reports to help identify and mitigate business risks.

Email Writing

Email Writing Essentials

In-person – 1-day
Virtual – 6 hours

Learn to write messages that are concise and to the point, and ensure your email messages are clear and easy to respond to.

Email Expertise

In-person – Half-day
Virtual – 4 or 6 hours

Learn tips to improve your productivity by spending less time reading, writing and sending email.

Email Etiquette

Virtual – 60 minutes

Learn the principles of email etiquette and how to use email with courtesy and professionalism.

Top 10 Email Writing Hacks

Virtual – 60 minutes

Learn how to structure, compose, and send emails that get right to the point while getting the responses you need.

Report Writing

Report Writing

In-person – 2-day
Virtual – 9 hours

Learn how to write complex documents that are easy for readers to understand and act on.

Writing Technical Reports

In-person – 2-day
Virtual – 9 hours

Build the skills necessary to turn technical facts into useful information.

Report Writing for Risk Managers

In-person – 2-day

Write complex documents that are easy to read.

Writing Effective Procedures

In-person – 2-day
Virtual – 12 hours

Learn to write user-friendly procedures that lead to fewer mistakes and greater productivity.

Report Writing for Municipalities

In-person – 2-day
Virtual – 9 hours

Write council reports that help readers make well-informed decisions.

Report Writing for Auditors

In-person – 2-day
Virtual – 9 hours

Learn strategies and techniques to ensure your audit reports are clear, concise and persuasive.

See also: Presenting Skills, Interpersonal Skills, Public Courses, Coaching

Our approach

All our writing workshops are tailored, and you can choose from a range of topics: 

    • writing emails and short reports 
    • managing your email 
    • writing readable technical or scientific reports 
    • developing usable procedures 
    • writing persuasive proposals 

Participants get work done while they learn in class. 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 finish the course so they can confidently apply them back at work. In addition, they refer to their own documents to privately assess their strengths and weaknesses. Then they set specific goals for change. 

engaged learner in writing workshop

What to expect

Engaging activities and learning games 
Learning can be is exhausting. Our participants regularly interacting with new ideas and each other. In the virtual classroom, they participate in chats, polls and breakout rooms. In the classroom, they are out of their seats for energizers and group activities that help them learn and keep them engaged.

A variety of learning methods
Participants won’t listen to boring lectures. We keep lectures to a minimum and build in as many experiential activities as possible. We provide time for private reflection and self-assessment, individual as well as small- and large-group exercises, large and small group discussions, peer feedback, and other activities. Our multi-faceted approach to writing training supports all participants’ learning preferences and works on all learning platforms: virtual or classroom. 

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 contribute 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 criteria that define good writing. They reinforce these by giving each other feedback during the workshop. By sharing this language and criteria, your employees have a bond that encourages ongoing improvement and lasting organizational change.

A safe environment
We know people are sensitive about their writing skills. Our facilitators are adult-learning specialists who create a supportive environment that encourages participants to share. We respect the knowledge learners bring to the workshop.  As participants learn new skills, they privately review their sample documents and plan 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: 

      • digital manual that includes templates, practice activities (with answers), examples and checklists 
      • Job aids for quick reference 
      • Additional online writing resources 

All our course materials are digital and printable. 

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 purpose up front, and include just enough 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 using 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
Good writers make their readers feel valued and respected because they anticipate and satisfy their readers’ needs.