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Improve Your Writing Skills with 6 Free Online Courses

Words are powerful. They inspire greatness and effect change. They start movements and empower leaders. They have the power to get you hired, get you promoted and, if used incorrectly, get you fired.

Combine the power of words with the ease and speed of email and social distribution in the digital age and one can quickly see that it has never been more important to learn to write clearly, effectively and efficiently.

No one is born with good writing skills. It takes time to learn proper writing techniques and a great deal of practice to hone your skills. Starting with any one of these five introductory writing courses will not only build a strong foundation of grammar skills, but also teach the important elements of composition and style that will improve all of your written communication from business emails to job applications.

University of California, Berkeley

Starts: February 18, 2017

Learn how to avoid common grammatical errors, gain skills for developing an argument and get valuable experience writing, editing and proofreading essays. This course is perfect for students that are preparing to apply for college or who wish to develop effective written communication skills.

Improve your writing and grammar skills while writing about exciting and current topics in the news. Developed by the US Department Of State, Voice of America and English language educators, this free journalism course will teach you how to write effective stories and reports using improved vocabulary and grammar. Explore the world of journalism and learn how ethics, equality and fairness impact the profession. Learn more and enroll.

Part two of English for Journalists focuses on writing styles and techniques for different news categories like sports, science & technology and humor. Learn about free speech, and media trends and gain an understanding of the issues facing journalists globally. Learn more about this free, self-paced course from UC Berkeley and enroll today.

Tennessee Board of Regents

This course focuses on helping learners become skilled readers and writers. It teaches you how to write for a variety of purposes (argumentative, analytical, persuasive), how to analyze different kinds of text and how to evaluate and use different sources for research papers. This course will prepare students for the AP English Composition exam and is also essential for avid writers and readers to get their skills to the next level.

Arizona State University

Starts: January 9, 2017

This college-level introductory writing course will help you gain a solid foundation of English grammar and writing skills. The 8-week, intensive online course taught by professor Duane Roen requires 18 hours per week and is eligible for college credit. Learn critical language and communication skills while completing challenging writing projects in a supportive environment. This is an excellent course for high school students interested in getting a head start on college English composition. If you are up for a challenging and intensive English grammar and writing program, this is the course for you.

University of California, Berkeley

Starts: October 12, 2016

Learning how to write a good essay with a powerful introduction, clear arguments and well-crafted conclusion is a great way to build a foundation of writing skills. This 8-week course starts with the basics of grammar and sentence construction and quickly advances to thesis development and essay writing with tools for creating outlines and editing your work. Dr. Maggie Sokolik of the College Writing Programs at the University of California, Berkeley guides students through this excellent introductory writing course in which participants can get a great deal of practice writing and interact with other students from around the world. Links to optional online textbooks are provided.

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‘In all my years in a training role I have never had such positive feedback!’

Ian Wilson, Magnox

‘Emphasis are extremely good at raising communication standards to a really high level.’

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We spend time understanding the culture and values of your organisation. At the same time, we apply our unique diagnostic tools to understand each individual’s current level of communication skills. For example, our writing analysis tool helps us identify and quantify each delegate’s writing strengths and weaknesses before the course even begins.

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BUSINESS WRITING TRAINING COURSES

Writing and Minute Taking Training

Training Courses in Business Writing Skills delivered in 11 UK locations or at your offices UK-wide

Classroom training is proven to give the best learning experience and knowledge retention. You have the benefit of a relaxed but professional learning environment, an experienced trainer and the opportunity to ask questions, so you are 100% sure you understand all the course content.

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BUSINESS WRITING SKILLS TRAINING

Basic Principles of Business Writing

[Duration: one day]

  • Course Introduction and Overview
  • Why Write?
  • The Five C’s of Writing
  • Word Agreement
  • Sentences and Paragraphs
  • Active and Passive Voice
  • Readability Index
  • My Writing: What’s My Style?
  • Whats My Style?
  • Your Personal Action Plan

Advanced Principles of Business Writing

[Duration: one day]

  • Introduction and Course Overview
  • Practical Language
  • Inclusive Language
  • Parallel Sentence Construction
  • Punctuation
  • Spelling and Proofreading
  • Writing Business Letters
  • Writing Reports
  • Writing Memos
  • E-Mail Etiquette
  • Writing Challenges
  • Your Personal Action Plan

Minute Taking Made Easy

[Duration: one day]

  • Course Introduction and Overview
  • The Role of a Minute Taker
  • The Skills of a Minute Taker
  • Meeting Agreements
  • Minutes Styles
  • Techniques for Preparing Minutes
  • Taking Minutes in an Interactive Meeting
  • The Minute Book
  • Developing Your Minute Taking Skills
  • Your Personal Action Plan

Report Writing

[Duration: one day]

  • Introduction and Course Overview
  • What is a Report?
  • How to Structure a Report Professionally
  • What Makes a Good Report
  • 5 Common Complaints about Reports
  • A Checklist for Successful Reports
  • How to Plan Your Report
  • Your Personal Action Plan

Business Writing Basics 1 (Half Day)

[Duration: half day]

  • Introduction and Course Overview
  • The Five C’s of Writing
  • Sentences and Paragraphs
  • Active and Passive Voice
  • My Writing: What’s My Style?

Business Writing Basics 2 (Half Day)

[Duration: half day]

  • Introduction and Course Overview
  • Word Agreement
  • The Readability Index
  • Practical Language
  • Inclusive Language
  • Parallel Sentence Construction
  • Punctuation
  • Spelling and Proofreading

BUSINESS WRITING SKILLS

Best for: 1 – 4 delegates

With 11 centres across the UK, we always have a full schedule of great courses at super prices.

And we don’t cancel classes – even if you are the only delegate booked on the course!

  • Prices for public classes start at £199
  • Early Bird discounts can reduce the price to £160
  • For multiple delegates, prices can be as low as £119

If you don’t see a course at the location, or on the date, you want, it is often possible to take advantage of our unique “Schedule Your Own” feature which is available from £199.

It couldn’t be easier with our full listings of classes and dates: just click here and reserve your place in two minutes.

Best for: 3 or more delegates

A great option that’s cost effective and easy to organise: just set up the training room and we come to you to deliver the content you want on the day you choose.

Prices for training at your offices starts at £449

Take a look at our new “book online” option where you can select your course and the date you want. click here to see how to arrange your training in no time at all.

Best for: 3 or more delegates

If you want training away from your offices (and possible distractions), we can arrange a day at one of our centres with only your staff in attendance.

Prices for private Business Writing Skills training at our centres varies, but generally starts at £499

Call us on 0333 6000 111 or request a callback so we can discuss your needs.

FOR OUR BUSINESS WRITING SKILLS COURSES

“Excellent trainer. Explained things well and kept interest and momentum going throughout the day”

“Really enjoyed the training course provided. Colin is a great trainer and I was able to learn new writing skills. “

“I had an enjoyable day.”

“Excellent Tutor Stuart”

“Stuart is a brilliant training provider, very knowledgeable about the course content. He also is very entertaining and made sure the course was not boring in the slightest. Thanks Stuart!”

“The trainer Stuart was brilliant, he made the course really interesting and he was very knowledgeable. “

“Excellent trainer – made us all feel at ease.”

“The course leader was excellent in her knowledge of the subject and I would certainly recommend her.”

“Thank you for providing such good training!”

“Terry was great! Thanks “

“I really enjoyed the day, particularly the elements of psychology and personal profiling the trainer went into. The trainer was engaging, friendly and helpful. A very worthwhile day. “

“The course was enjoyable and the trainer made the course fun. “

“Just to say I did enjoy the day and found the trainer to be very good and the course was very interactive. “

“Trainer was very good.”

“The Course was well delivered and time was given to come back with questions. All questions were answered satisfactorily. “

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GENERAL INFORMATION

ABOUT BUSINESS WRITING SKILLS TRAINING

Business writing skills training can yield huge benefits through improvements in efficiency, morale and motivation, while also avoiding communication problems that arise through poor standards of writing.

Effective writing is fundamental to good communications in any business – from simple writing skills to be used in letters and emails, to the creation of persuasive business reports.

Whether at management or staff level, a good standard of written communication will have a positive effect on performance, and training in writing skills will have a significant and beneficial impact on the business.

With Activia, you can check your skill level (click here to view our Tools and Resources) which ensures you book on the correct course. This facility is also invaluable when putting together training programmes or bespoke courses for numbers of delegates.

You can also build your own Business Writing Skills course (click here to view our Tools and Resources) to suit your own or your company project requirements, incorporating the modules which cover the subjects you want to learn.

WRITING AND MINUTE TAKING TRAINING

We can enhance your skills with training in writing and minute taking at any of our twelve training centres UK wide, or we can come to your offices: if you have groups of three or more staff who need training, this is a very convenient, flexible and cost effective option. Moreover, most of our business writing courses are 1 day, which keeps “out of office” periods for attendees to a minimum.

We have been delivering writing and minute taking training all over the UK since 1995 and have continually developed our philosophy of high quality, flexible and results-driven provision of training courses for business writing to ensure constantly improving standards of quality. So you can be confident that we have the expertise, and the experience, to give you a great return on your investment in Training Courses for Business Writing from Activia.

Why not contact us today to see how we can help with providing your course for business writing ?

25 Free Online Courses to Improve Your Writing Skills

Join an online course with others trying to be better writers

In our information age, somebody needs to produce that information, and it can’t all be pictures or videos (try as YouTube might). Luckily, there are a variety of free online courses(MOOCs) available for all types of writers and aspiring writers.

Note: Not all of these courses are available. Add a course to MOOC Tracker and we will notify you when the course becomes available. To signup for a course, click on the green ‘Go to Class’ button on the course page.

Basic Writing & Composition

Internationally acclaimed author Emily Gould walks you through a 10-day creative writing challenge! Filled with inspiring examples, observation prompts, and clever revision tricks, it’s perfect for writers and enthusiasts eager to rekindle creativity in a personal and artful way.

In this course, you will learn about important intermediate verb tenses, including present perfect, present perfect progressive, past perfect, and past perfect progressive

Next Session: 26th Mar, 2018

Being able to adeptly use adjective clauses in speaking and writing is useful for upper level English learners. Adjectives and adjective clauses are very common in English, so students need to be able to understand them when they see them or hear them.

Next Session: 19th Mar, 2018

Learning English can be tricky, and in this class you’ll focus on some of those tricky issues. You’ll get clear explanations about the difficult grammar points and practice in using them correctly.

Next Session: 19th Mar, 2018

In this course aspiring writers will be introduced to perhaps the most elemental and often the most challenging element of story: plot. We will learn what keeps it moving, how it manipulates our feelings, expectations, and desires.

Next Session: 26th Mar, 2018

Next Session: 26th Mar, 2018

Learn how to use English for study at university or college and develop your writing skills, vocabulary and grammar.

Write101x will enable you to learn how words work so that you can write the concise, lucid, nuanced, and compelling prose that is so valued by readers.

Stanford University via Stanford OpenEdx

Essay Writing

Ever had a story you couldn’t wait to share? Join author Emily Gould to learn how to write a personal essay that gets read.

via University of California, Irvine

Next Session: 19th Mar, 2018

via University of California, Berkeley

Journalistic Writing

Explore how entrepreneur Eric Siu creates content not just for the sake of writing, but for hitting your own goals. In this 80-minute deep dive class, you’ll learn Eric’s step-by-step structure for creating compelling blog content — the same process that has helped him build a seven-figure business, Single Grain and the five-star-rated podcast, Growth Everywhere.

Next Session:26th Mar, 2018

University of Melbourne via Coursera

Next Session : 13th Sep, 2016

Cardiff University via FutureLearn

University of California, Berkeley via edX

Writing Fiction

Your style is as unique and distinctive as your face, your voice, except that you can choose it, you can can work on it, enhance it. In this course we will introduce aspiring writers to the art of putting pressure on written language.

Next Session: 26th Mar, 2018

In this course aspiring writers will be introduced to the techniques that masters of fiction use to ground a story in a concrete world.

Next Session: 26th Mar, 2018

Commonwealth Education Trust via Coursera

The course presents a curated collection of short, intimate talks on craft by two dozen acclaimed poets writing in English. Craft topics include sketching techniques, appropriation, meter, constraints, sound, mindfulness, and pleasure. The talks are designed for beginning poets just starting to put words on a page as well as for advanced poets looking for new entry points, thoughts about process, or teaching tips.

Applied Writing Skills

It will help you raise the level of your writing and make you more aware of the type of writing you can expect in college. You’ll learn what plagiarism is and how to avoid it using correct MLA citations.

Next Session: 19th Mar, 2018

via University of Sheffield

An introduction to academic writing for English Language Learners, focusing on essay development, grammatical correctness, and self-editing.

English Writing Skills

Academic – Secondary – Level 1

English Writing Skills is a language course which is designed for anyone wanting to improve their writing, or English students who wish to enhance their essay-writing abilities.

Covering a number of different styles of writing, including comedy, descriptive, spy, thriller, instructional text, opinion pieces, poetry, as well as punctuation, this course provides you with enough guidelines to express yourself creatively in a variety of writing styles.

After completing this course you will be able to: – Define and describe different writing styles and the importance of the audience; – Identify triggers for writing; – Discuss your knowledge of story, comedy, descriptive, mystery, instructional, opinionative, poetic and reflective writing; – and write effectively based on your target audience.

All Alison courses are free to study. To successfully complete a course you must score 80% or higher in each course assessments. Upon successful completion of a course, you can choose to make your achievement formal by purchasing an official Alison Diploma, Certificate or PDF.

Professional Development

This 1-day business writing skills course is for those who are responsible for communicating through the written word, whether by email, letter or corporate report. It will improve your team’s ability to write in a more concise and effective manner. We give your team clear guidelines for writing business letters, notes, emails, memos and reports.

We run the course as a tailored, group or in-company training solution. This enables us to focus on the goals and day-to-day priorities of your company. You can find out more, and request a quote by clicking “Get In-Company Quote” below.

Transform your writing at work

We train organisations, teams and individuals to transform everything they write at work: from emails to reports and web content to bids for major contracts.

Trusted by over 5,000 organisations worldwide, including:

‘In all my years in a training role I have never had such positive feedback!’

Ian Wilson, Magnox

‘Emphasis are extremely good at raising communication standards to a really high level.’

Simon Rhodes, Herbert Smith Freehills

See our clients and case studies

Whom we train

Courses for teams

Tailored training for your organisation

Courses for individuals

Practical training courses for individuals

How we help our clients

We’re specialists in running business-writing and communication courses that deliver real results. Since we started out in 1998, we’ve helped more than 50,000 people from blue-chip companies, government departments, consultancies, law firms, universities, charities, accountancy firms, pharmaceutical companies, construction firms – in fact, anywhere where effective communication plays a key role.

We spend time understanding the culture and values of your organisation. At the same time, we apply our unique diagnostic tools to understand each individual’s current level of communication skills. For example, our writing analysis tool helps us identify and quantify each delegate’s writing strengths and weaknesses before the course even begins.

Transform your communication at work

Our newsletter contains proven advice and tips for transforming everything you write at work. Join over 20,000 professionals who receive our best advice for writing documents that help you achieve your goals.

Business Writing Skills Course Plus Coaching for Major Document

Master writing a major business document with an accelerated online course plus live expert coaching specifically on your document.

Every mid-to-senior level business position requires writing important, but challenging, documents – performance appraisals, annual division achievement reports, sales plans, business plans, product value propositions, regulatory reports, sales email templates, etc. Break through any blocks and write an impressive, clear document that advances your career.

This course + coaching is an ideal way to master a major document requirement, hone business writing skills, and receive individual business writing coaching. Coaching will be fully focused on the major document you need to write.

The first portion of the course addresses process :

  • How to write efficiently, target a reader and elicit a positive business response from all documents.
  • Spend 30% less time on each document by following this process.

  • Receive an overall assessment and feedback on your general business writing

  • Learn to write concisely and cleanly.

The course concludes with instructor feedback on the outline of your major document.

Write your document, based on skills honed in the course. Schedule a one-hour, live coaching session conducted via WebEx with an expert business writing coach. Receive:

  • Full review of your major document
  • Assessment of its impact
  • Full review of your course goals
  • Suggested improvements
  • Models or annotations, as needed
  • All questions about this major document answered, specifically related to your work

Business Writing Courses

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Increasingly, employers are finding that the ability to write clearly, concisely and correctly is a dying art. Not only do university graduates in entry-level roles find business writing challenging, but seasoned employees also struggle to produce business writing to an acceptable standard.

Communicaid’s business writing courses have been designed to respond to the growing needs of organisations and their employees. Whether you require a foundation business writing course to refresh your knowledge of grammar and punctuation or an introduction to business email etiquette, or whether you are a looking for an advanced course to fine tune your skills to write more compelling proposals or clearer technical reports, Communicaid has the experience to meet your writing skills course needs.

Writing training with Communicaid will ensure that you and your employees are equipped to represent your organisation professionally, reducing the chance of damaged reputations or loss of business caused by poor business writing skills.

Our writing courses can be delivered in English or French in a variety of face-to-face and online formats to accommodate your individual needs and can be delivered on-site in any worldwide location or at any of our training centres in London, Paris, Brussels, Frankfurt or New York. From a review of basic business writing skills, through to advanced coaching on making more of an impact on your business writing, Communicaid is able to tailor a writing course to meet your specific writing skills requirements.

Popular Business Writing Courses

See our complete range of Business Writing Courses Courses in our Course Catalogue

Increasingly, employers are finding that the ability to write clearly, concisely and correctly is a dying art. Not only do university graduates in entry-level roles find business writing challenging, but seasoned employees also struggle to produce business writing to an acceptable standard.

Communicaid’s business writing courses have been designed to respond to the growing needs of organisations and their employees. Whether you require a foundation business writing course to refresh your knowledge of grammar and punctuation or an introduction to business email etiquette, or whether you are a looking for an advanced course to fine tune your skills to write more compelling proposals or clearer technical reports, Communicaid has the experience to meet your writing skills course needs.

Writing training with Communicaid will ensure that you and your employees are equipped to represent your organisation professionally, reducing the chance of damaged reputations or loss of business caused by poor business writing skills.

Our writing courses can be delivered in English or French in a variety of face-to-face and online formats to accommodate your individual needs and can be delivered on-site in any worldwide location or at any of our training centres in London, Paris, Brussels, Frankfurt or New York. From a review of basic business writing skills, through to advanced coaching on making more of an impact on your business writing, Communicaid is able to tailor a writing course to meet your specific writing skills requirements.

Business Writing Skills

The course focuses on developing your business writing skills to ensure that a professional and positive image is projected for your organisation in all written (email & letter) correspondence.

Who should attend?

The course is designed for those who are required to write reports, proposals and letters as part of their role and who wish to improve their writing skills.

Course Overview

*Participants should bring documents they have written and/or those which they will be expected to produce.

  • Recognising the principles of effective writing
  • Planning reader-focused letters and emails
  • Adopting a standard design for letters and emails
  • Developing information structures to meet different requirements
  • Writing clear, concise and effective sentences
  • Identifying common grammatical errors
  • Employing a reader-friendly writing style

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