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Business Writing Training Courses Directory

The Benefits of Learning How to Write Well

A business writing course or workshop can help your team members learn how to express themselves clearly and succinctly in written form.

If your organization has experienced miscommunication, confusion, or worse because of an employee’s poor written communication skills, you understand the toll bad writing can take.

Simply put, a team that writes well contributes directly and indirectly to an organization’s bottom line. 

About Our Business Writing Training Programs

Our workplace writing courses are hands-on workshops focused on the skills participants need to do their work better. We don’t dwell on theory. Instead, we focus on practical guidelines and tools.

Our courses cover a range of subjects: business writing, technical writing, policy and procedure documentation, style-guide usage, proofreading, and editing.

Many of our courses target general employee populations. We also offer workshops for such special groups as government writers, military writers, non-native English speakers, automotive personnel, web writers, and minute takers

While we have a robust library of samples from which we can pull, we prefer to work with the course participants’ documents.

  • We strive to meet people where they are and help each learner identify areas on which to focus after the workshop concludes.
  • Upon request, we can administer an assessment before the start of a seminar to gain a better understanding of a group’s skill level and challenges.

Our Workshop Facilitators

Our course facilitators have worked as writers and editors. They understand the struggles people tasked with creating text face. Over the years, they’ve developed a multitude of tricks and tips to make the process easier.

Our Interactive Approach to Training

Writing is a subject best learned by doing. Participants in our writing courses can expect to write, review, and edit documents. Our approach is down to earth and fun. 

In our years of facilitating these workshops, we are proud to report we have yet to have someone flashback to a hated high-school English class. In fact, people often tell us they finally understand some aspect of writing that up until that point had never made sense.

Writing Course Overviews

To get an idea of what each class covers, review the short course descriptions found on this page. You can also see the full workshop outlines by clicking on the course links.

We look forward to learning more about your goals and objectives. Please contact us to schedule a call.

Note: We offer some of our writing course titles in varying lengths, and often people ask us to explain the difference between a full-day and multi-day session.The most notable distinction learners will experience is the amount of time allotted to practice concepts. 

Format Key

  • H – Half-Day Onsite Training Course
  • F – Full-Day Onsite Training Course
  • M – Multi-Day Onsite Training Course

Workshop Descriptions

Bottom-Line Business Writing: How to Bring Clarity and Style to Anything You Write

Poor writing and bad grammar can stall or sink an otherwise successful career. Improve your skills in a matter of hours with hands-on onsite training. Business Training Works’ popular writing workshop, Bottom-Line Business Writing, tackles everything from basic usage to editing techniques. The course is interactive, fast paced, fun, and full of tips and techniques participants can immediately use.

The Business Writing Workshop: Tools and Tricks for Creating Stronger Written Communication

This business writing workshop is fast paced, fun, and full of tools participants can put into immediate practice back on the job. Available in both full-day and half-day formats, the program is light on theory and heavy on application. This seminar offers something for everyone who must produce documents as part of their workplace responsibilities. Whether you love writing or dread it, you’re sure to enjoy this course.  

Beyond the Bottom Line: Advanced Writing Skills for Experienced Professionals

This advanced writing skills workshop is suitable for people who possess a clear understanding of the conventions of standard American English grammar and punctuation.  The program relies heavily on samples students bring to the session and those they generate during class.  To ensure this course is a suitable match for those who register, we strongly encourage attendees to complete the skills assessment we provide to them prior to the program’s start.

Writing Made Easy as Pi: Effective Written Communication for Science, Healthcare, and Other Technical Fields

Writers who work in such technical fields as science, engineering, healthcare, and information technology routinely find themselves tasked with communicating complex subject matter to experts, executives, and general audiences.  Knowing what audience level to target can challenge even the most competent communicator.  This writing course emphasizes issues of style and organization that often keep readers of technical documents from easily understanding what their writers intend to communicate.  While the class covers some rules of standard American English grammar and punctuation that may be unclear to participants, this is not an introductory writing course.  To get the greatest benefit from this workshop, course participants should have a firm grasp of English conventions.  If requested, the program may also include a review of a profession’s authorized stylistic preferences.

Email Etiquette and Business Writing: Crafting Clear, Correct, and Courteous Digital Correspondence

Email comprises a large majority of the writing produced in the modern workplace. Unfortunately, much of it misses the mark in terms of clarity, tone, and adherence to the rules of good etiquette. This course addresses best practices for writing correct and courteous digital correspondence. It covers the ins and outs of email etiquette and fundamental writing skills. The program also touches on the law as it relates to email and the risks associated with electronic correspondence. 

On Your Mark: Professional Proofreading and Editing

This onsite course in proofreading and editing workplace documents targets employees who are responsible for preparing error-free writing as part of their jobs. The skills covered in this workshop include reading texts for accuracy, consistency, clarity, and conciseness; using proofreading symbols to denote the location of mistakes in a piece of writing; using editorial marginalia to reveal problems in content, style, and organization; creating final drafts of documents that are free of mistakes. This seminar assumes participants have a fundamental understanding of basic American English usage and punctuation and a willingness to learn the symbols of proofreading and editing for the purpose of creating error-free copy.

An Adult's Garden of Grammar: Rules for Pest-Free Writing

Regardless of how brilliant the person might be, bad grammar can hurt anyone’s credibility. An Adult’s Garden of Grammar: Rules for Pest-Free Writing is an engaging and interactive course designed to improve its participants understanding of how English works.  Taught in a down-to-earth style, the program is judgment free and full of suggestions for crafting well-written sentences that follow generally accepted rules of American English grammar.

Yes. Yes? Yes!: Punctuation Matters

This onsite workshop focused exclusively on helping participants understand the importance of using correct capitalization and punctuation when they write. Beyond reviewing the conventional rules of punctuation and capitalization in American English composition, we will examine any organizational preferences that participants must follow when writing on the job. By its conclusion, participants should have a better understanding of how to use punctuation and capitalization to convey what they mean in writing.

Consistency Counts: Conforming to GPO Style Manual Standards

This course teaches participants how to apply the stylistic preferences outlined in the GPO Style Manual to their writing.  This is not an introductory writing course or grammar and punctuation workshop.  The program’s designers and instructors assume those participating in the course have a moderate to advanced level of proficiency with written English.  Groups purchasing this program must provide several writing samples prior to the session’s start.  These texts will serve as the primary documents participants will use when learning how to conform their writing to the guidelines set forth by the Government Printing Office.

Fit for Print: Written Communication Skills for Government Writers

As public employees, government writers are responsible to the citizens they serve.  This program addresses concerns specific to government writers and the obligations they have under the Plain Writing Act.  During this course, participants will learn to make writing choices that will result in documents the average person can easily understand. The workshop addresses such topics as identifying a main message, organizing supporting points, using words, grammar and punctuation correctly, and self and peer editing.

In Plain English: Government Writing and Plain Language Made Easy

The Plain Writing Act of 2010 requires writers working in federal agencies to compose “clear Government communication that the public can understand and use.”

This course introduces the concept of plain language and reviews the rules for its use.  While the program’s facilitator will answer questions about grammar and punctuation, this course is not an introductory writing course.  Rather, its designers created it for experienced government writers who need to understand their responsibilities under the law.

Raising the Bar: Plain English for Lawyers

“Some lawyer must have written that! I don’t understand half of it.” Poor writing can frustrate judges, clients, and others who must read the texts lawyers produce. This writing course covers the essentials of Plain English and offers tips for improving a document’s clarity. The program is interactive and filled with practical exercises specific to the legal profession. Both lawyers and others working in the field will benefit from this hands-on seminar.

Commanding Attention: Writing for the Military

This military writing course targets active-duty service members and civilians who support the armed services. The class reviews the writing process, explains the basics of standard American English grammar and punctuation, and highlights the stylistic preferences of the branch or branches of service to which class members belong. The primary goal of this program is to prepare participants to write documents that are clear, concise, consistent, and comprehensible in one reading.

Great Guidelines!: Policy and Procedure Writing Made Easier

Even small organizations usually find they have a need to document procedures and create policies beyond those offered by a template. The better written these documents, the more likely employees are to understand what they’re supposed to do and why. This course is designed for people who create those documents. The workshop is interactive and uses the participants’ workplace writing as the foundation for the program’s content.

Structured Findings: Writing Effective Reports

Many people tasked with producing reports as part of their workplace writing responsibilities dread the activity.  They have a lot of information to share, but they don’t know how to present it in a way that is easy for the report’s readers to understand.  Maybe it’s an issue with organization, or perhaps the reports include the wrong amount of detail.  Whatever the reason, Business Training Works can help.  This course covers the ins and outs of effective report writing.  It also provides solutions to common errors in grammar, sentence structure, and punctuation that can ruin a piece of writing.

Total Translation: Business Writing for Non-Native English Speakers

Too, two, to, tutu?  There’s no doubt about it; English is one confusing language!  This onsite workshop will help non-native speakers improve their ability to communicate in written English.  The program covers such topics as audience analysis, organizing information, varying sentence structure, when and when not to use the passive voice, choosing up-to-date language, avoiding repetition, common errors, and useful business terms and phrases.

Perfect Pages: Copywriting for the Web

Writing for web audiences is different than writing for other readers. This onsite web writing workshop focuses on designing effective online copy. During this session, participants will define the purpose of their website, segment their site visitors, determine what’s important to each group, define a voice for copywriting, implement best practices for creating scannable skimmable text, revise and repurpose existing text for the web, discuss the importance of accessibility and usability, perform a site audit, and identify mistakes that take away from a site’s credibility and erode trust.

Minute by Minute: Distilling and Documenting Meeting Conversations

Top minute takers know what to capture when they sit in a meeting. They record the essence of what is said and leave out superfluous information, emotions, and details that don’t contribute to a document’s goals. This interactive workshop addresses best practices for distilling conversations and recording discussions. The program covers such topics as a minute taker’s responsibilities, minute-taking templates, and electronic and paper tools. This course is offered in both a half-day and full-day format. The difference between the two options is the depth to which business writing skills are addressed and the practice time allotted to various activities.

Mailbox Manners and Maneuvers: Building Rapport and Relationships Online

A well-written email can build the relationship between customers and the people who serve them. Conversely, texts that are typed with little thought can alienate the very people organizations want to attract. This specialized workshop combines customer service and email etiquette. The program addresses the importance of identifying a voice and articulating desired feelings an organization wants its customers to have about it. The course also provides participants with a framework for creating customer-centric email and a list of positive words and phrases they can use to craft correspondence. 

Onsite Training Course Reminders

Our instructor-led training courses are available to private groups.  These workshops are not offered in a public seminar format.  Please contact us to speak with a facilitator about your needs and bringing training to your organization.

We offer training in the District of Columbia and the following US states: Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and Wyoming.

We also travel to Africa, Australia and New Zealand, Asia, Canada, Central America, Continental Europe, the Middle East, and the United Kingdom.

Please contact us about your location.

Onsite Workshops