Royal Roads University Professional and Continuing Studies
July 20 - August 9, 2020 Online, BC
This course is a must for people who write the following for business: announcements, briefing notes, decision-papers, emails, instructions, letters, reports and/or web-content. Strong writing skills lead to smoother communications, fewer misunderstandings and increased productivity. Learn the plain language principles that will help you make your written communications easy to read and understand. Demonstrations, videos, and hands-on exercises will help you gain confidence in your writing and learn which grammar gremlins (including punctuation) make the difference between clarity and confusion.
If you prefer learning in the online environment or wish to experience instructor-led online learning, this three-week online course is perfect for you. Practice your writing skills through online discussions with your instructor and classmates and receive personal feedback on your weekly assignments.
How adults read
The difference between reading on-screen and in print
Writing for all devices (computers, laptops, tablets, smartphones)
The 5 Cs of effective writing: correct, clear, concise, coherent, and consistent
Plain language principles
Avoid jargon/technical terms and redundancy
Editing writing – yours and other’s
The writing process: pre-writing, drafting, feedback, editing/revising, finalizing
What is a briefing note and how differs from other types of reports
Discover the benefits of plain language writing geared toward the reader
Become familiar with and practice the key principles of plain language writing in emails, reports, and work-related correspondence
Demystify grammar and punctuation rules
Identify key grammar and punctuation errors in your writing and correct them
Ensure tone, content, and style help you get the results you want
Have greater clarity and impact
Note: This course is also available as a one-day workshop. Learn with others through engaging discussions, a variety of hands-on writing activities, and immediate feedback from your classmates and instructor.