Fundamentals of Writing


The novel we can’t put down, the poem we never forgot, and the speech that changes the way we look at the world are all examples of good writing. Good writing is the memo that gets action and the letter that says what a phone call can’t.

In business situations, most of us will have to write, whether this involves emails, proposals, memos, or letters. And in business writing, the language needs to be concrete, the point of view clear, and the points well expressed. With practice and coaching from this course, you can feel more confident about your own writing.

This course will give you the tools to become a better writer, with lessons that include: the value of well-written communication; how to write and proofread your work; making your writing clear and concise; how to apply these writing skills in real-world situations; paragraph structure, tone, and syntax specifics; formatting memos, letters, and emails for different professional settings.

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Course outline

Session One: Course Overview

Session Two: Why Write?

Session Three: Be Clear

Session Four: Be Concise

Session Five: Be Complete

Session Six: Be Correct

Session Seven: Word Agreement

Session Eight: Active and Passive Voice

Session Nine: Sentences and Sentence Types

Session Ten: Inclusive Language

Session Eleven: Punctuation

Session Twelve: Revising, Spelling, and Proofreading