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Professional Business Writing

Winning words - create a great first impression with your writing

Get noticed, save time and improve your career prospects through a more effective and concise approach to writing. More detail

Upcoming course dates

StartsTuesday 10 May 2016

Location Sydney
Ground Floor
55 Lavender Street
Milsons Point NSW 2061

WhenFull-day course


Presenter Kate Hennessy

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Location State Library of Western Australia
Goldfields Room, first floor
25 Francis Street
Perth WA 6000

WhenFull-day course


Presenter Deb Fitzpatrick

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Course description

For writing that means business

  •     Looking to give your writing skills a truly professional edge?
  •     Want to pack more punch in your documents, reports or proposals?
  •     Discover how to take your writing to the next level!

More power to you

If there is one skill that separates the excellent from the outstanding, it’s the ability to communicate professionally. With almost all of today’s business conversation happening in written form, we very rarely get the chance to “wow” with anything other than the words we write. Which is why it’s important to make them count.

A large part of each business day involves the processing and sharing of information. When you learn to do this more efficiently, you can understand and be understood much quicker. By harnessing the power of effective written communication, not only are you creating a more favourable corporate image, you’re enhancing your personal one as well.

This Professional Business Writing one-day course has been designed to give you a guide to creating powerful, persuasive business documents. You will learn the skills to transform your writing through interactive and practical exercises. The result is more confidence to produce outstanding documents, proposals and more!

In one day, you’ll learn:

  • the 11 golden rules of business writing
  • fundamentals of effective and persuasive writing
  • the 5 essential steps to planning a document
  • determining what you must include and what to leave out
  • business writing DON’Ts
  • common writing mistakes (and how to avoid them)
  • how to structure reports and proposals
  • The art of attraction – how to gain your reader’s attention
  • style guides – how to use them and how to create one
  • revising and editing – how readable is it?
  • presenting your documents
  • and MUCH more.

Words that work

This full day course explores all four stages of professional writing at this level – planning, writing, reviewing and presenting. While the main focus will be on content and ensuring your writing is clear, concise and mistake-free, we also look at common pitfalls surrounding the initial planning and editing of your work, along with how to present with maximum impact.

Professional Business Writing is ideal for management, sales and marketing professionals, accountants, engineers or other roles that may involve interpreting and reporting information. By equipping you with the necessary skills to produce cohesive and well-written business documents, your work will receive the ‘polish and shine’ to take it from excellent to outstanding!

This seminar is suitable for people who are fluent and confident in written and spoken English. It is designed for participants who would like to take their business writing skills to the next level.

You’ll also receive:

  • a comprehensive set of course notes and exercises, including apostrophe guides you can share with everyone in the office, and
  • a copy of the Australian Writers’ Centre’s Editorial Style Guide for Business (valued at $49).

If you work in customer service, support or sales and you want to improve your written communication skills, take a look at our Business Writing Essentials course. Business Writing Essentials focuses more on correspondence such as email and letters instead of reports.

Your presenters

  • Kate Hennessy

    Kate Hennessy, Sydney

    Kate Hennessy is a professional writer who splits her time between corporate writing, journalism, editing and communications consulting.... View Profile

  • Nic Brasch

    Nic Brasch, Melbourne

    Nic Brasch is a corporate writer and novelist with more than 15 years’ experience as a teacher of... View Profile

  • Deb Fitzgerald

    Deb Fitzpatrick, Perth

    Deb Fitzpatrick is a writer for children and young adults and lives in Fremantle, although one of her... View Profile

Graduate testimonials

  • "I really enjoyed how the interactive nature of the course provided an opportunity to discuss practical applications of what was being taught. Kate is very engaging. She was able to explain the 'rules', but also willing to explore when circumstances call for them to be broke. She's a breath of fresh air as a presenter. The Australian Writers' Centre provides courses that are practical in nature, rather than being purely academic. These types of course will alway get better results from students."

    - Daneta Crump

    "I really enjoyed the way the course was taught. Kate was intelligent and very experienced in the writing field. Kate isn't just a teacher, she's a respected professional writer and I felt that I could relate to her and the way she taught."

    - Claire Della Marta

    "I enjoyed learning about the presenter and others' actual life and business experiences in relation to communication. I really found Kate's presentation style engaging and her knowledge was excellent."

    - Lili-Ann Kriegler

    "It's a great course – compact yet comprehensive, great presenter and good pacing, professional and good value for money."

    - Dee Mahon

    "Good practical advice that I can immediately use in the workplace."

    - Lyndal Reed