Plain English Business Writing

Plain English Business Writing

Your powerful workshop in professional communication

This course is ideal for: Anyone who wants to have more impact in their role by writing with greater confidence and clarity

You will:
Learn the golden rules of good business writing
Understand ‘plain English’ principles to improve readability
Discover common mistakes and how to avoid them
Get templates to improve your reports, proposals, emails and proofing
See immediate results thanks to practical tips and exercises

“The course was well structured, and the information is practical, relevant and comprehensive. Great course. Great atmosphere. Well worth the investment.”
- Isobel Stephenson






Online live
Starts Tuesday 9 June 2020 , 10am–12.30pm AEST
Two consecutive mornings
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Your workplace
We can bring this course to your workplace for groups of 6 or more. Contact us for a quote today.

Can’t attend the live course? We also offer a self-paced online course, Professional Business Writing.

Plain English Business Writing

Online Live workshop

This valuable workshop is one of our suite of practical business courses offered to individuals and workplaces. Plain English Business Writing has been created for professionals working in all areas of an organisation – from customer service roles through to management. After all, the fundamentals to making a powerful first impression do not change, simply the context.

This course will transform your business writing – helping you write better and faster. You will become more efficient at writing documents and be able to communicate in a way that is easily understood by your target audience.

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Practical and proven

Using AWC’s proven methodology, you will equip yourself with new writing skills that will last you a lifetime. You’ll discover the exact framework you should follow to structure your message clearly. And you’ll take the guesswork out of your writing.

During the two morning sessions, you'll cover the following areas:

  • The 11 golden rules of good business writing.
  • The fundamentals of effective and persuasive writing.
  • How to correspond clearly and concisely.
  • The exact steps to plan, write and edit your content.
  • Common writing mistakes (and how to avoid them).
  • How to engage your reader through your writing.
  • Revising and editing to enhance readability.

And much more.


This course has been completed by professionals from a huge range of corporations including Citibank, Macquarie Bank, PwC, Westpac, government departments, Deakin University, University of Sydney, State Library of NSW, Financial Planning Association of Australia, Olympus, Morningstar – and many more. The focus is on practical and relevant learning – so that you will see an immediate impact in your writing.

World-class business training with the Australian Writers’ Centre

“In business first impressions count, and one of the most powerful ways to get your message across in business is through effective written communication... We use writing skills for so much every day, whether it’s for a report, a memo, proposal, letter, website, or anything you need to write for your business. And once you’ve mastered our easy to learn golden rules, your words will get noticed for all the right reasons."

– Valerie Khoo, CEO Australian Writers’ Centre

Learn Online Live via Zoom

In this unique course, you will spend two mornings with Michelle Guillemard – an award-winning freelance writer who specialises in corporate training and communication.

Michelle will equip you with practical techniques to write clearly and concisely in the workplace.

With our Online Live courses, you participate online from the comfort of your own home in a live Zoom video-based classroom. Your presenter and your classmates are right there with you in real time as you learn essential skills that will last a lifetime.

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Our Plain English Business Writing workshop provides you with many practical templates and tips to start writing better immediately. And to assist you, everyone who attends this workshop also receives our fantastic ready-reference online Australian Business Style Guide (valued at $49) – the perfect online companion for settling day-to-day questions regarding style and grammar – and created specifically for Australian workplaces.

By the end of this workshop you will have:

KNOWLEDGE: We guarantee everyone will learn something new to take with them in their daily role.
CONFIDENCE: Having a greater awareness of rules and what traps to avoid helps you write with more purpose.
Writing with more efficiency will free up time in your day.
SKILLS FOR LIFE: Communication skills are a sought after asset in business, and these will stay with you in all areas of your writing life.

Teams who have attended this workshop have seen improved productivity and morale, while individuals have received promotions and other positive outcomes simply from improving their writing.

But don’t just take our word for it…

“I was really pleasantly surprised by the value and clear insight delivered throughout the day. I've just completed my first client report since taking the course and have found what I learned invaluable. It's improved my writing quality and efficiency.”

– Erryn Balzan

“I immediately applied what I learned on reports and contracts that I was working on – the change was incredible.”

– Adrian Espedido

“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

“This is a highly recommended course for every business person to attend. I look at it as an investment to an organisation to send its employees to this training. It will greatly benefit them as the employees will come back well equipped with an outstanding professional writing skills and on top of that the consistency of professionalism will show across the organisation.”

– Carmelia Kossim


Q: I already have fairly good writing skills. WIll I learn anything new?
A: Absolutely. In fact, this course is built for those who are already fluent and confident in written and spoken English. We want to help elevate you from the pack – and with just a few simple tips and clear guidelines, you’ll do just that. Participants are amazed at how quickly they progress from “good” to “great” to produce cohesive, better documents.

Q: Will this course be relevant to my role or industry?
A: The skills taught in this course are relevant to all written communications. They’re also skills that you will last a lifetime – transferable across different industries and positions throughout an organisation.

Q: I can’t attend the scheduled course. Do you offer anything for me?
A: Our Professional Business Writing online course covers a lot of the key concepts included in the Online Live workshop, instead delivered across a series of learning modules that you can complete at your own pace. Lessons are delivered by Australian Writers’ Centre CEO, Valerie Khoo.

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Transform your business writing

Our Plain English Business Writing workshop offers you a golden opportunity to improve your business writing skills – with up to date content and relevant scenarios, in a relaxed and relatable way, making the learning an enjoyable and enlightening experience. We look forward to seeing you at the next workshop!

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