Executive Writing

Welcome! This course uses the seven traits of effective writing to help you improve your own work and the writing of those whom you manage. The traits help you diagnose problems and apply specific strategies to remedy them. The traits also give you and your colleagues a common language for discussing writing.

You'll learn to analyze each writing situation, craft a clear main point, support it with key details, and communicate using plain language. You'll also write important management forms such as policies, procedures, responses to official inquiries, and executive summaries. In addition to the course materials, you'll learn to use WRITEforBUSINESS.com to answer all your writing questions.

Upon successful completion, you'll receive certification for 2 Continuing Education Units (CEUs).

Course Objectives

When you complete this course, you will be able to do the following:

  • Use the seven traits to improve your writing
  • Prepare effective executive documents that use plain language and achieve the results you want
  • Analyze each writing situation, craft a clear main point, and support it with details that readers need
  • Use different patterns of organization to inform, break bad news, and persuade readers
  • Effectively manage the writing tasks of others
  • Diagnose problems, make improvements, and foster writing that is clear, concise, complete, and correct
  • Energize sentences, correct errors, and produce polished messages that communicate effectively
  • Use resources to continually improve writing, revising, and editing skills

Table of Contents

  • Using Write for Business
  • Taking a Pre-Assessment

Module 1: The Traits and Process of Writing

  • Understanding the Seven Traits of Writing
  • Finding a Sample Document
  • Using the Traits with the Writing Process
  • Managing Through the Process
  • Lesson Wrap-Up
  • Quiz

Module 2: Planning

  • Analyzing the Situation
  • Assigning a Writing Task
  • Stating the Main Point
  • Supporting the Main Point
  • Writing Executive Summaries
  • Using Order and Transitions
  • Planning and Drafting Procedures
  • Revising and Editing Procedures
  • Lesson Wrap-Up
  • Quiz

Module 3: Drafting and Revising

  • Reflecting on Learning
  • Organizing Most Messages
  • Organizing Bad News and Persuasion
  • Planning and Drafting Policy Statements
  • Revising and Editing Policy Statements
  • Using Plain Language
  • Eliminating Wordiness
  • Giving Feedback
  • Lesson Wrap-Up
  • Quiz

Module 4: Editing

  • Energizing Sentences
  • Avoiding Sentence Errors
  • Correcting Punctuation
  • Receiving Official Inquiries
  • Responding to Inquiries
  • Responding to Audits
  • Taking a Post-Assessment

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