Writing for Business

A Career Development Course

*This course can be tailored or customized to your specific needs.

Course Overview

In this overview of effective business writing, participants learn how to organize and structure their writing for business purposes. Supported with discussions, activities and action learning opportunities, the workshop focuses on managers, executives and professionals who need to develop the skills of writing effective business letters, e-mails, memos, reports and proposals. It also helps prepare those who have to vet their subordinates’ writing.


  1. How to plan and organize a business document
  2. Purposely targeting ideas to your audience
  3. Utilizing tools to guide your writing
  4. Identify and avoid the common errors in writing
  5. Apply the principles in writing business correspondence

Lesson 1: The Process of Composition: Planning & Organization

  • Review the principles of effective writing
  • Plan your writing
  • Writing from an outline
  • Writing the first draft
  • Assess the writing situation
  • Understand tonality of your writing voice
  • Identify the differences between inductive & deductive approaches

Lesson 2: The Writing Process: Writing Executive Summaries, Emails, Letters, Faxes and Memos

  • Review and apply the Three C’s – Clear, Cogent, Concise
  • Use appropriate phrases
  • Understand the difference between positive and negative writing
  • Apply active & passive voice
  • Avoid ambiguity
  • Review email etiquette
  • Use contractions and abbreviations

Lesson 3: A review of grammatical principles

  • Review grammar for professional writing
  • Understand business writing vs. composition writing
  • Use research to drive your hypotheses