Fundamentals of Writing

Welcome! This course will help you discover what's working and what could be improved in any piece of writing—from generating and organizing ideas to writing clear and correct sentences. If writing is a challenge for you, this course will help you improve your abilities and confidence. If you feel comfortable writing, this course will hone your skills even further!

You'll read instruction and examples, watch videos, complete activities, take quizzes, and measure your learning with pre- and post-assessments. Upon successful completion of this course, you'll receive certification for 3 Continuing Education Units (CEUs).

In addition to the course materials, you'll learn to use WRITEforBUSINESS.com to answer all your writing questions.

Course Objectives

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

  • Understand and use the seven traits of effective writing
  • Use an easy, four-step process to draft effective documents
  • Analyze each writing situation
  • Develop a clear main point and support it effectively
  • Use an effective three-part structure, organizing messages to succeed
  • Use different patterns of organization depending on the purpose of the message
  • Use a writing voice that fits your subject, audience, and purpose
  • Use fresh, precise words and get rid of wordiness
  • Write active sentences with parallel construction
  • Avoid common errors and unclear wording
  • Create an effective design and use graphics to make your point
  • Create emails that communicate clearly
  • Understand how to use WRITEforBUSINESS.com in your workplace

Table of Contents

  • Using Write for Business
  • Taking a Pre-Assessment

Module 1: Fundamentals of Writing

  • Using Write for Business
  • Taking a Pre-Assessment
  • Understanding the Seven Traits of Writing
  • Writing a Document in Four Easy Steps
  • Writing for Your Supervisor
  • Writing Complete Sentences
  • Lesson Wrap-Up
  • Quiz

Module 2: Organizing Your Ideas

  • Developing Main Points
  • Supporting Main Points
  • Building Your Case
  • Reaching Resistant Readers
  • Using Three-Part Structure
  • Using Transitions
  • Lesson Wrap-Up
  • Quiz

Module 3: Organizing Your Messages

  • Reflecting on Learning
  • Organizing Good-News Messages
  • Organizing Bad-News Messages
  • Organizing Persuasive Messages
  • Writing Effective Email
  • Making Subjects and Verbs Agree
  • Lesson Wrap-Up
  • Quiz

Module 4: Voice and Words

  • Understanding Voice
  • Writing Conversationally
  • Keeping Your Voice Positive
  • Using Fresh, Precise Words
  • Reviewing Usage 1
  • Reviewing Usage 2
  • Lesson Wrap-Up
  • Quiz

Module 5: Sentences and Correctness

  • Reflecting on Learning
  • Combining Choppy Sentences
  • Energizing Your Sentences
  • Writing Tight, Parallel Sentences
  • Correcting Unclear Wording and Faulty Sentences
  • Correcting Common Errors 1
  • Correcting Common Errors 2
  • Lesson Wrap-Up
  • Quiz

Module 6: Applying the Fundamentals of Writing

  • Improving Your Writing
  • Improving Your Revising
  • Improving Your Editing
  • Using Plain Language
  • Applying the Fundamentals
  • Taking a Post-Assessment

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