Business Writing Trainers

Providing a wide variety of courses and media options to fit the training needs of individuals, companies, and government agencies.
• Instructor-Led,
      Online Courses
• Coaching and Tutorials
• Customized Courses
• Self-study Courses
• Onsite Workshops

   
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Our Most Popular Online Courses

General Business Writing Course

BWC210 Business Writing Skills

The Business Writing Skills course teaches the best practices business people must know to be able to write clear, effective, professional business documents, especially email, memos, letters, and reports. Graduates report that they receive high praise for their writing, and other employees begin to copy their style. The course contains 12 practice activities and four writing examinations. The instructor evaluates the activities and examinations, comments on skills learned and skills that still need polish, coaches you through learning the skills, and certifies your competence. You receive a graduation certificate for framing at the end of the course.

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Focused Grammar Tutorial Course

BWC110 Grammar Skills Tutorial

The BWC110 Basic Grammar Skills Tutorial course is for people who have problems in grammar, punctuation, spelling, word usage, or sentence structure. The teaching, practice, and tests are based on your own writing. It is highly individualized. You work on only the specific skills you need to learn, at your own pace. You have unlimited access to the instructor to ask questions.

You will send writing samples to your instructor. Your instructor will read each sample thoroughly, identify skills you need to learn, list the sentences with problems in each area with corrections showing how they should have been written, assign readings from the grammar textbook, answer any questions you have about the skills, have you practice the skills, and give you an online quiz containing sentences from your original writing sample that you must correct in ten minutes to be sure you have learned the skills.

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English as a Second Language Tutorial

BWC130 Writing for Nonnative Speakers of English

The Individualized Writing for Nonnative Speakers of English course is for people who have a good command of the English language, but have basic usage problems resulting from speaking English as a second language. The course is a tutorial, so it focuses on your writing to teach you the skills you need to learn.

Your instructor will read samples of your writing thoroughly, identify skills you need to learn, list the sentences with problems in each area, correct the sentences to show you how they should have been written, assign readings from the grammar textbook and online training materials, answer any questions you have about the skills, have you practice the skill, and give you an online quiz containing sentences from your original writing sample that you must correct to be sure you have learned the skills. You have unlimited access to the instructor in the course.

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MBA-Level, In-Depth Business Writing Course

BWC225 Explicit Business Writing with Additional Training

In cooperation with a College of Business, Dr. Robert Hogan, director of the Business Writing Center and former professor of business writing at Illinois State University, has developed a thorough business writing course focusing on email, letters, memos, reports and other business documents. The course uses Dr. Hogan's book, Explicit Business Writing: Best Practices for the Twentieth Century and Dr. Hogan teaches the course.

Graduates know the best practices in business writing so well that they are able to teach the skills to others and edit other business writers' documents. It contains 39 practice activities and 17 writing examinations Dr. Hogan evaluates and coaches the trainee through revising. The training includes writing a wide variety of business documents and revising them into highest-quality, professional business writing. Participants receive a graduation certificate for framing at the end of the course.

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Grammar and Writing Essentials Combination

BWC85 Grammar Essentials
BWC95 Writing Essentials

The Basic Grammar Essentials and Business Writing Essentials courses are for busy business people who want to learn the essentials of business grammar and writing with fewer writing activities. It contains training in only the most important skills a businessperson needs to know to be able to write clear, effective business documents with correct grammar, punctuation, spelling, word usage, and sentence structure. The two courses provide the perfect combination of skills, so the Business Writing Center discounts the tuition if you enroll for both at the same time.

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In-Depth Grammar and Writing Combinations

BWC210 Business Writing Skills
BWC110 Grammar Skills Tutorial

For students who want thorough, in-depth training in language and usage (grammar, punctuation, spelling, word choice, and sentence structure) and writing skills, the Business Writing Center offers a special combination of the BWC210 Business Writing Skills course and BWC110 Basic Grammar Skills Tutorial.

In the BWC110 Basic Grammar Skills Tutorial, your instructor will thoroughly evaluate writing samples and give you study and practice based on your unique needs. You work on the specific skills you need to learn, at your own pace. The BWC210 Business Writing Skills course contains 12 practice activities and four writing examinations. The instructor will evaluate the activities and examinations, comments on skills you have learned and skills you still need to polish, and coaches you through learning the skills. The courses perfectly complement each other, so when you enroll in both the Business Writing Skills course and one of the language and grammar courses at the same time, you receive a discount on tuition.

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BWC210 Business Writing Skills
BWC130 Grammar Skills Tutorial

For nonnative speakers of English who want thorough, in-depth training in language and usage (grammar, punctuation, spelling, word choice, and sentence structure) and writing skills, the Business Writing Center offers a special combination of the BWC210 Business Writing Skills course and BWC130 Individualized Writing for Nonnative Speakers of English.

In the BWC130 Individualized Writing for Nonnative Speakers of English, your instructor will thoroughly evaluate writing samples, looking especially for the difficulties we know nonnative speakers of English have with the language. We will use what we find to give you study and practice based on your unique needs. You work on the specific skills you need to learn, at your own pace. The BWC210 Business Writing Skills course contains 12 practice activities and four writing examinations. The instructor will evaluate the activities and examinations, comments on skills you have learned and skills you still need to polish, and coaches you through learning the skills. The courses perfectly complement each other, so when you enroll in both the Business Writing Skills course and one of the language and grammar courses at the same time, you receive a discount on tuition.

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Self-Study Courses

Self-Study Courses in Email, Grammar, and Business Writing

For business people who want to learn how to write high-quality, clear, well-organized business documents without the assistance and feedback of an instructor, the Business Writing Center offers self-study courses in emails, grammar, and general business writing. Instructor feedback and certificates of completion are not available for these courses. The Business Writing Center recommends the instructor-led courses to receive feedback and coaching, but these self-study courses contain tests and examples so trainees who are self-motivated and willing to learn on their own can go through them and learn the skills.

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Online Instructor-Led Writing Courses

Full-Length Courses

     The Business Writing Center offers online, full-length business writing courses with lessons, practice activities, and writing sample competency examinations. An instructor works closely with each trainee, monitoring progress in readings, evaluating and commenting on practice activities, writing extensive notes on writing sample tests, and coaching trainees through learning skills.

     The courses are self-pacing, so a busy business person can decide when to work on the course and how quickly to finish. These courses have more practice activities and writing sample examinations than the essentials courses described above. Graduates receive graduation certificates.

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Specific Writing Media

     The Center also offers online, instructor-led, full-length courses focusing on the three primary types of documents used in business today: e-mail, letters, and reports. These courses have lessons teaching the skills that will enable a business person to write clearly, concisely, and professionally. The courses have practice activities and written competency examinations the instructor evaluates. The courses are self-pacing, and graduates receive graduation certificates.

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Specialized Courses

     The Center offers online, instructor-led courses in specialized areas of business writing. Each course contains practice activities and written competency examinations. For the Proofreading Skills course, the trainee proofreads a variety of documents while learning the skills. The courses are self-pacing, and graduates receive graduation certificates.

     Following is a list of the specialized courses in business writing. Click on a course name to learn more about the course.

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Nonnative Speakers

     The Center offers individualized courses for nonnative speakers of English to help trainees polish their writing and take care of issues with language, grammar, punctuation, spelling, vocabulary, and sentence structure. The instructor identifies problem areas in the trainees' writing samples, shows the trainees how to write the text correctly, teaches them the rules that apply, and coaches them through learning the skills. The courses are self-pacing, with trainees interacting with the instructor from anywhere in the world by e-mail or the phone. Graduates receive graduation certificates.

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Training Trainers

     The Center trains corporate and agency trainers, teachers, and professors in how to teach writing skills using Center materials. The materials are then available for the trainer to use with trainees. The trainers interact with Center faculty using e-mail and the phone as the media.

Currently, the following course materials are available for trainers to use:

  Business Writing Skills
  Basic Grammar Essentials
  Editing Skills
  Legal Proofreading Skills
  Plain English Writing Skills
  Recording and Writing Meeting Minutes
  Writing Business Reports
  Writing Clear Instructions and
     Procedures
  Writing Clear, Objective Audit Reports
  Writing Effective Business Letters
  Writing Effective Workplace E-mail
  Writing Skills for Technical Support Call
     Center Representatives
  Writing Customer-Support Messages

MBA-Level Course

     The Business Writing Center developed a complete MBA-level course in writing e-mail, memos, letters, and reports in cooperation with a college of business. Dr. Hogan, on whose book the course is based, developed the course using his experience as a professor in a college of business. The course includes a variety of practice activities and writing sample competency examinations using simulations that require the trainee to think through writing issues and write to achieve business objectives.

     The trainer comments on all aspects of the trainee's writing, bringing the trainee to mastery in the best practices required to produce high-quality, clear, professional business documents.

     Graduates are highly proficient in business writing and are qualified to evaluate and edit others' writing and teach the business writing skills. Dr. Hogan teaches the course. It is based on his book, Explicit Business Writing: Best Practices for the Twenty-First Century. The course materials are online, and Dr. Hogan interacts with the trainers in training through e-mail or over the phone.

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Student Comments

     Most students spontaneously write e-mails to their instructors with positive comments about their training experiences. This is just a small sampling.

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[A memo a student sent to her supervisor]

This course helped me to improve my writing skills in different areas. In one lesson, we practiced conveying messages in as few words as possible. (Less is more!) I can tend to be wordy, so this was extremely helpful to me. Another lesson focused on skills to relay good news and bad news to the reader. Tenant letters are not always sent with good news messages, so this was useful as well.

I enjoyed this class as well as the previous course I have taken with The Business Writing Center. Dr. Hogan is a great instructor, and I would highly recommend this online class to anyone needing help with their writing and communication skills.

Tricia
 
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Dear Ms. Griffin,

I have learned a great deal and been able to benefit from using it at work. My supervisor is very pleased with my e-mails. Thanks for all your help and support. Keep up the good work.

Virginia
 
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I have really learned a lot taking the course. It was a real challenge for me because I do this same thing all day at work and it's hard to make yourself do it when you come home.

Last week my boss was asked for comments to an interview type situation that was going to be published in a newsletter. I delegated the work out to a person who is responsible for handling this particular program. My boss was not happy with his responses to the interview questions and just gave a couple of clues to what he was really wanting to stress in the response. I got a second person's responses (who also works with the program daily) and had a media person (speech writer type person) edit them. I didn't particularly like them, so II took the Media person's version and did my own edit. I submitted the three versions to him: the media person's, mine, and the technician's - and guess which one he picked to be published - MINE!

Thank you so much for your guidance.

Connie
 
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Thanks for all your comments and corrections during the course of this program.

Indeed, I noticed a great improvement in my business writing skills and I believe it will help me a great deal in future endeavors.

I'm very happy to have graduated considering the work pressure I had in my office. I thank you and your team for the excellent program. I'll definitely recommend it to others.

Adonye
 
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I appreciate all of your help, and have learned a lot from your course. I feel more confident in my writing and I attribute that to your patience and the way the class is designed. Thanks for all of your help and encouragement.

Douglas

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Student Comments

Below are still more comments students have written after finishing their courses.

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I want to thank you for working with me. Both our senior editor and my supervisor have commented that my writing has improved. Thank you very much for your patience and instruction.

Sincerely,
Tiana
 
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Thank you for all your patience, support, and instruction throughout the period. I have learned so much, and I'm so grateful I signed up to take the course. My appreciation!

Dianne
 
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Your reviews have been extremely helpful in highlighting the areas where I need improvement. I was having trouble getting people to respond but with the format you taught me I'm getting much better responses from our people. In fact, they're starting to imitate the format themselves when they send me memos. That makes me feel pretty good!
 
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I would also like to highly recommend your course to anyone considering a writing career or enhancing their writing skills. Please feel free to use this note as a recommendation from a very satisfied (and very well prepared) graduate of your course. Thank you again!
 
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I need to thank you. I heard from Aaron (CEO) and Drew (COO) today. They like the first draft of my annual report very much. Aaron made a point of saying your course has really helped my business writing a lot. It's a great relief to know my writing's getting better--in a business sense.
 
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I wanted to thank you for your help. The course was excellent and it helped me a lot. I can see and feel the changes in my writing. Now, I pay attention to a lot of things that I used to take for granted. Thank you again for this great course and I would recommended it to all my friends and family.
 
Abbas
 
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Hello Dr. Hogan,
 
I owe you a big thank you. The company that had me doing contract work made me their copywriter. I am so excited. I have been learning so much. But not only that, I am writing Web site content for my boss's new company. He gave me free creative power on the content. It's amazing. I love it.
 
Margeurite
 
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I felt the courses were very helpful to me. The owners here noticed a positive change in my emails, memos, and letters since the courses.
 
Thank you,
 
Nanette
 
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My boss told me that it was the best money he has spent. This class had helped me to organize my thoughts better, write clearer sentences, and get to the point faster.
 
I can write much better that I used to.
 
Scott

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