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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 27 September 2016

Location Sydney
Ground Floor
55 Lavender Street
Milsons Point NSW 2061

WhenFull-day course


Presenter Kate Hennessy

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Location Perth
3/185 Eighth Avenue
Inglewood WA 6052

WhenFull-day course


Presenter Deb Fitzpatrick

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Start and finish in your own time
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WhenThis will be available in the second half of 2016



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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 freelance editor and author with five published novels. Her most recent novel is At... View Profile

Graduate testimonials

  • "You will benefit from this course as it assists with improving your business writing skills. It outlines better ways of writing emails, letters and documents and also the important English rules that we all tend to forget in the business world."

    - Silvana Petrovski

    "I thought the course was excellent. Everything covered was easy to understand and relevant. Sue was excellent and had a good understanding of particular industry requirements. I have adopted a number of principles already to my work."

    - Jackie Blundell

    "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

    "Kate was very engaging, knowledgeable and passionate. Professional Business Writing is a highly recommended course for business people to attend, especially those who are on the upper level of management. I look at it as an investment to the organisation to send its employees to this training. It will greatly benefit the organisation as the employees will come back well equipped with an outstanding professional writing skill and on top of that the consistency of professionalism will show across the organisation."

    - Carmelia Kossim

    "I liked the class size and the excellent presenter. Kate was knowledgeable, experienced and had an uncanny knack for being able to identify the needs of each of us and provide us all with great value. The course is very practical and actually enjoyable. The location was also beautiful. I would say I had fun and learned a lot and that I should have done this course 20 years ago!"

    - Jo Buchanan