Advanced Business Writing

Take your business writing skills to another level. Learn to use different sentence structures and words to convey different nuances effectively.

Course Code/ID: CRS-N-0048933

It is easy to listen to writing principles, and agree with them. However, putting them into practise is not as easy. This course is designed specially for those who already know the basics of business writing, have attempted to put them to use and have found the need for more coaching. For those who have learnt the elementary principles of crafting e-mails, memos, reports and proposals, and meeting minutes, this is the course to help you fine-tune your writing for greater finesse.

Structured like a writing clinic, this course encourages you to bring out your writing challenges and gives you practical solutions to overcome them. It will take you through different types of sentence structures, how to use them to convey fine nuances, and bring your professional writing to the next level. You will also learn how to vary sentence lengths to achieve various purposes.

Learn to use various transitions to shape your writing and direct readers to appropriate conclusions. With various forms of business writing out there, master the art of choosing the right words with an extensive word bank and a take-away of how to use it well. Finally, these advanced principles will be brought together so that you can work the various techniques in unison.

After the workshop, you will be able to:

  • get solutions to real-world writing challenges when applying basic writing principles
  • know how to use different sentence structures to achieve writing outcomes
  • know how to vary sentence lengths to create different effects in writing
  • learn how to use transitions to structure writing
  • possess an extensive vocabulary and be able to use different words for different types of writing

Outline

  • Introduction & expectations
    – Introduction to the course
    – Learning about your expectations
  • Review of basic principles
    – Review
    – Challenges faced in practising them
    – Solutions to real-world writing challenges
  • Advanced sentence structures
    – 4 types of sentence structures
    – How to mix the different types of sentence structures
    – Different types of sentence structure and their uses in various forms of business writing – e-mails, memos, meeting minutes, reports & proposals
  • Advanced techniques to vary sentence lengths
    – How to vary sentence lengths to help readers clearly convey points
    – How to vary sentence lengths to persuade readers
  • Structuring with transitions
  • Power word bank
    – Advanced words for different forms of business writing
    – How and when to use which words
  • Putting it together
    – Write a piece of business writing by employing the advanced principles of writing

Who should attend?

Anyone who wants to advance his or her business writing skill to the next level.

Methodology

Participants are guided through practical steps of the topic with a combination of lectures, exercises for each strategy (some group work, some individual) and sharing with feedback sessions.

Trainer

Mrs Christine Leow is a passionate and dynamic trainer with nearly two decades of experience in the media industry who specialises in oral and written communication, public presentation, interview skills, and managing the media. Some of her clients include National Junior College, Hwa Chong Institute, Singapore of the Arts Singapore (SOTA), Republic of Singapore Navy, Land Transport Authority, National Environment Agency, Ministry of Education, and Maritime Port Authority.

She is currently a writer with clients that include Centre for Governance, Institutions and Organisations; NTUC; SingHealth; Science Centre Singapore; OOH Media; OKTO; Channel NewsAsia; CapitaLand; The Ascott Limited; The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands; the ArtScience Museum; and Singapore Tourism Board.

Having spent her entire career writing for various platforms and varied genres, Christine has developed strategies to adapt her writing for different audience. She holds a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in English Language from the National University of Singapore.

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