'Business Writing' Online Class

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Also, we have some upcoming webinars for 2014. Reserve your spot today!

Choose the option that works best for you:

Option 1: Independent Study/Quick Study - $569.00 See Details
  • Our lowest-priced option
  • Access to each module for one week
  • Access to downloadable supplements, writing aids, and writing options
  • No feedback on written work
Option 2: Expert Guide - $639.00 See Details
  • Our mid-priced option
  • Access to each module for two weeks
  • Access to downloadable supplements, writing aids, and writing options
  • Personal editor and personalized, substantive feedback on writing submissions
  • View new modules at your convenience.
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Option 3: Pace Yourself - $699.00 See Details
  • Our most flexible option
  • Access to all modules at once for a total of six months
  • You view the modules when you’re ready
  • Review the modules in any order you choose — all at once or one at a time — and review past modules any time
  • Access to downloadable supplements, writing aids, and writing options
  • Professional editor and personalized, substantive feedback on writing submissions
  • Weekly video chat with your editor
  • I'm glad I took the course. Every module was packed with useful, helpful information that I am able to apply in my work.
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  • Techniques to write effective and persuasive business documents, including emails, proposals, and business letters
  • Time-tested strategies to ensure that your business documents are concise and to the point
  • Strategies to write better business documents by avoiding business clichés and jargon and wordiness
  • Techniques to plan, write, and edit business documents
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This six-module online course discusses issues writers encounter in business writing: how to write for particular audiences; how to avoid common problems in business writing; how to plan and write effective emails, business reports (good and bad news), and proposals; and how to edit and proofread business documents.

This course includes

  • Voiced lectures
  • A professional editor (Options 2 and 3)
  • Discussion and examples supplement (pdf)
  • The Hurley Write Cheat Sheet
  • The Hurley Write Primer: A Guide to Effective Writing
  • Knowledge checks
  • Take-away tips
  • Weekly writing options
  • Written feedback on submitted writing (Options 2 and 3)
  • Certificate of Completion
  • Weekly chats with editor (Options 2 and 3)


Module 1: The Building Blocks of Business Writing
  • Analyzing audience needs
  • Understanding purpose
  • Understanding the necessity of persuasion
  • Maintaining a positive image
Module 2: Making your Writing Easy to Read
  • How to avoid language traps
  • Using language to write clearly and concisely
  • Making your writing more emphatic and immediate
  • Being precise and concise
  • Avoiding business clichés and jargon
Module 3: Writing Concise, Precise Emails
  • Planning
  • Writing effective subject lines
  • Getting to the point
  • Ensuring readability
Module 4: Writing Effective Business Letters
  • Getting to the point
  • Ensuring proper format
  • Avoiding clichés
  • Using paragraphing appropriately
  • Using the "sandwich" technique to relay bad news
Module 5: Writing Business Reports and Proposals
  • Writing the components of business reports
  • Writing the executive summary, introduction, and conclusion
  • Meeting readers' needs
  • Writing persuasive proposals
  • Writing the components of proposals
Module 6: Editing Business Documents
  • Defining editing and proofing
  • Foolproof techniques
  • Becoming your best editor
  • Helping others edit

Need more info? Contact us for a PDF that outlines objectives and concepts covered in the course!

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