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Explicit Business Writing

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Learn the best practices in business writing from a university professor.

You have the drive and talent to succeed in your work. Get the guidance you need to improve your business writing and communication skills and make a good impression on everyone you reach.

This course is taught by Dr. Robert Hogan, director of the Business Writing Center. You study Dr. Hogan’s book, Explicit Business Writing: Best Practices for the Twenty-First Century.

Course Highlights

  • Your instructor will be the author of the book used in the course
  • Learn how to write confidently, without blocks to your business writing
  • Understand how to start effectively and guide readers
  • Learn how to write clear, well-written sentences
  • Learn to write concise, well-organized business documents
  • Learn how to write with impact
  • Learn to choose the correct business vocabulary

Course Description

The Explicit Business Writing course teaches the best practices professionals must master to write clear, effective, professional business email, memos, letters, reports, and other business writing.

The course includes a free copy of Dr. Hogan’s textbook. Dr. Hogan will evaluate your work and coach you through mastering each skill. Dr. Hogan teaches a structured approach that will make writing easier, ensure your writing is clear and professional, and guide your readers through your content.

When You Complete This Course...

  • You will know how to find the right balance between too much and too little in your business documents and between too casual and overly formal writing.
  • You will be able to avoid the easily corrected errors that can make you look ill-prepared.
  • You will understand the best practices for writing high-quality, professional business documents.

How It Works

Work Online

When you enroll, we give you access to all the online lessons and training materials. Each lesson builds on the lessons that precede it. We offer clear explanations for every part of our training and plenty of real-world examples of how to apply the skills you are learning.

Set Your Own Pace

You go at your own pace and submit assignments when you are ready. You don’t have to be online with other students or perform activities at specific times.

Instructor Feedback

Your instructor evaluates all your work, coaches you through learning the skills, and gives you personalized feedback on what you are doing well and what still needs polish. You can contact your instructor at any time if you have questions about your training, business writing, or the English language.


When you finish the course within four months, you receive a graduation certificate.


Included in the course price, you receive a copy of Dr. Hogan's textbook, Explicit Business Writing: Best Practices for the Twenty-First Century.

Course Outline

Know Your Objectives and Readers.

Give Readers What They Want.

Organize the Document.

Exam 1

Build the Communication Infrastructure.

Prepare Readers to Understand and Act.

Present Blocks of Information Clearly.

Exam 2

Make Lists Explicit.

Create a Clear Visual Blueprint for the Reader.

Write Effective Conclusions.

Exam 3

Write Explicit Explanations.

Write Explicit Technical Explanations and Procedures.

Provide Support for Conclusions.

Write Concise, Focused Paragraphs.

Write Clear Sentences and Words.

Write a Correct, Well-Formatted Final Draft.


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Dr. Hogan

Writing Coaching by Dr. Robert Hogan

Dr. Hogan has been training writers for 40 years in universities, colleges of business, consulting companies, and professional writing companies.

Learn more about Dr. Hogan.

Course Features

Course Materials: Online + Book (included)

Certificate upon Completion: Yes

Instructor Feedback: Yes

Letter of Recommendation: Yes

Lesson Count: 15

Practice Activities: 14

Exams: 5

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